Wedding Planning Tips

Beat the Heat on Your Summer Wedding Day

Connecticut summers can be hot and humid, so if you’re planning a summer wedding, you are probably concerned with how you and your guests will be able to handle the heat. While it can take some extra planning, it’s not difficult to keep everyone cool and comfortable at your summer wedding.

  • Start with the venue. When you choose a venue for your summer wedding, think about the temperature. If you are having an outdoor event, make sure there’s a suitable indoor area for people to get out of the sun, or a tent they can relax under. For indoor events, ask about air conditioning.
  • Think about attire. While you might love the idea of a full ballgown and a tux with tails, and all of your guests in black tie, it might not be suitable for your summer wedding. When you think about your attire and your guests’ attire, keep the weather in mind and adjust it, if needed.
  • Offer refreshments. The best way to beat the heat at a summer wedding is to stay hydrated. Don’t wait until after the ceremony to offer guests something to drink. Whether it’s bottled water or large drinks dispensers filled with water, lemonade, and iced tea, make sure your guests and bridal party have access to drinks throughout the ceremony and reception.

Whatever you do, though, don’t dismiss the idea of a summer wedding just because of the heat. Connecticut’s best wedding vendors can help you create the perfect wedding any time of the year. To find out more about them and to start planning your big day, come to one of our upcoming Connecticut bridal shows!


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Wedding Planning Tips

What Your Wedding Guests Can Expect

When you plan your wedding, it’s sometimes difficult to step back and think of things from your guests’ point of view. However, there are a few things that your guests can reasonably expect, and that you should do for them.

Send the invitation in a timely manner. You’ve had the date of your wedding marked on your calendar for ages, but your guests might still need to get time off from work, arrange for child care, and plan travel. Make sure they have enough time to do this and get good prices on everything. If you’ve sent a save the date card, make sure that everyone who received one is getting a formal invitation when they are ready to send, too!

Be clear about who is invited (and be ready to explain why). Are you inviting their kids? Are you allowing them to bring a guest? Make sure this is clear on the invitation so your guests don’t make plans based on an incorrect assumption. If they are confused, be prepared to explain why you have or haven’t extended the invitation to their children or date.

Don’t expect a gift.¬†Yes, you’ve registered for gifts at a variety of prices to ensure that everyone can find something they can afford. But no, this doesn’t mean your guests are bound to buy you something. Whether they give you a gift or not, they should still get a thank you card after the wedding, though. After all, you are thanking them for being part of your big day, not for the new kitchen equipment!

To find out more about making sure your guests have a great time at your wedding, come speak to some of our area’s best wedding vendors. You can find them at any of our upcoming Connecticut bridal shows!


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Wedding Planning Tips

Your Perfect Wedding Guest List

You’re engaged! This is a time of joy, but one that can be full of difficult decisions. Not least of these is who to invite to your big day. Coming up with your perfect wedding guest list can be a big challenge.

There are some no-brainers for your list, of course, but once that core list of family and friends is down, the real struggle begins. You’ll have a list of people you’d like to invite, and so will your fiance, and so will both of your parents, and probably a few friends. Before you know it, your list will be huge.

This is when it will be time to cut that list back. Before you go into this, you’ll want an idea of how big your venue is going to be, and how many guests you can realistically afford.

Go through and make your A list, your B list, and even a C and D list, if needed. Work on this with your fiance, since you’ll need to explain to people like your parents why some of their friends haven’t made the cut.

It’s important to remember that it’s your wedding day, and you should be happy with your guest list.

Whether you’ve got 25 guests or 250 guests, planning the perfect wedding can be much easier when you come to one of our excellent bridal shows. You’ll be able to meet plenty of vendors and have fun!