According to the forecasters the British summer (part two) is now with us and it’s due to last about 48 hours. Compared to previous years, that’s pretty good really.
So if you have got lucky and aere getting married during this brief sunny spell, there are various things to consider for th comfort and enjoyment of your guests.
Chilled beer and refreshing sugar and lemon pancakes are a necessity at a hot summer wedding. As many outdoor activities as you can think of will keep people out in the sun for the maximum time. You might even need some ‘midge’ repellent if you are getting married in Scotland at this time of year (and in the past we’ve been eaten alive whilst operating our mobile creperie at weddings in Scotland – it’s no fun).
One thing which will make a cheap and fun addition is to offer your guests complimentary sunglasses. It’s quick and easy to do. If you are super organised and feel confident that you will be blessed with good weather, you could order a hundred pairs in advance with a personalised touch, such as your names and date of wedding. If you don’t want to take that risk, but the forecast is looking good, the day before the wedding simply send a couple of bridesmaids to the nearest poundshop where they can buy a couple of carrier bags full of brightly coloured throwaway shades. Make sure they get a variety of colours, preferably bright, bold, primary colours.
Encourage as many guests as possible to wear the complimentary shades. They will thank you for providing them and they will also know that the wearing of shades at your wedding is officially approved.
For an added fun element (if fun is your thing), you could provide white markers so guests can draw things on the lenses, such as eyeballs. Encourage guests to write messages on them as an addition to your guestbook. Get guests to poke the lenses out of them and do Morecambe and Wise impressions. A guests is guaranteed to put a pair on upside down and pretend to be Dennis Taylor the snooker guy. Another one will inevitably put a pair on the back of his head and walk around backwards. Encourage the most extroverted of the grooms friends to see how many pairs he can put on at once. It’s easy to get maximum value from the shades.
But whatever you do, make sure you provide sunglasses to your wedding suppliers – firstly because we sometimes need them on a bright afternoon when preparing crepe canapes at our mobile stand. And secondly, we like to join in the fun.