What an Oscar winning year for weddings in Italy! There has not been one single drop of rain for months, almost seems like California 😉
Temperatures have broken all records and wedding hotspots like Tuscany, Amalfi Coast and Puglia have been literally baking. There are ways nonetheless to have a comfortable wedding day despite all the heat.
5 TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT FOR WEDDINGS IN ITALY
#1 SCHEDULE THE CEREMONY FOR LATER IN THE DAY
You would think this was a no-brainer, but feedback from wedding planners (the ones who sweat the most on the wedding day!) says that couples stick to the 3pm ceremony which is still ‘much later than we would have back home’. Ladies and Gents, you came all this way to have something different … at 3pm the temperatures in most areas of Italy during the summer are well into the upper 30’s C, some reach the lower 40’s. Have mercy on your guests and especially on the guys in their 3 piece suits but most of all, do yourselves a favor since you would probably rather have tears of joy than beads of sweat showing up in your photos. Photographers say that the best light is closer to sunset anyway, so if you push up your ceremony to say, 6pm, you will have the most stunning wedding photos EVER!
#2 WATER THE CAMELS
Pre-ceremony refreshments are a must in the long, hot summer like we’re having this year. Lemonade, fresh orange juice, bottles of water on ice or even an icy popsicle or gelato will make the wait for the bride more bearable. We recommend holding back on the prosecco for toasting, alcohol turns on the sweat machine in us all.
#3 USE PLAN B
Every wedding has an indoor alternative in case of rain and if it is just as beautiful as the outdoors, why not use plan B in case of heat as well?
#4 BE SUNSMART
If you are set on your 3pm bake-off, set up a station with protection for your guests: parasols, hats, sunglasses, misters or ice cold towels, sunscreen. If your ceremony is planned for an outside lawn with no shade, think about asking the venue about tenting or umbrellas to offer some shade.
#5 SHORT BUT SWEET
You’ve been planning your wedding day for a year and you really want it just the way you imagined, and your guests who travelled so far to be with you for your wedding in Italy are sensitive to this. Talk to your wedding celebrant and think about shortening the ceremony, maybe skip a reading or cut the sermon short. You and your guests will be grateful. 🙏🏻