Summer Tips for a Memorable + Comfortable Wedding Celebration

guest blogging with Aleah and Nick of The Good Life Special Events

Today I'm joined once again by Aleah and Nick of The Good Life Special Events with their great list of tips to help us kick off the official summer wedding season.

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Summer has arrived! It's officially time for warm summer celebrations, wedding events, and spending time with loved ones. We are excited to lend you our Top 5 Tips to help you treat your guests to a memorable and comfortable summer wedding celebration.

1. Offer guests numerous drink stations during the festivities. Don't let them go thirsty pre-ceremony. Let them self-serve tasty cucumber or citrus-infused ice water. Provide pitchers of lemonade and set out fun accoutrements like rosemary and raspberries guests can add to their drinks.

2. Have fun! Arrange for lawn games that guests can play during the day. Croquet, bocci ball, and other easy-to-play games make for an enjoyable environment. Bring out apres-dinner ice cream or gelato stations as a tasty treat and a cool-off for your guests. {see today's earlier post for a great gelato/sorbetto choice}

3. Keep cool. We so often hear clients say that as the weather is expected to be hot for their wedding they don't need to worry about providing tents as a back-up plan to rain. On the contrary, we strongly recommend having a tented or shaded area with guest seating {this can either be lounge seating or dining tables, or a combination of both}. Offer guests an area to retreat from the sun and direct heat.

4. Think outside the box. Plan a menu that takes guests somewhere unexpected. Nix a more traditional and heavy plated dinner or buffet and create a mouthwatering menu featuring local fresh seafood, summer salads, and lighter fare. Be sure to provide an abundance of stations and food so as to not skimp on food. 

5. Be thoughtful. Place paper parasols and bamboo fans around your ceremony site for guests to use during the ceremony. If your venue is on the ocean or lakefront or an area where it gets cool at night, provide charming crates filled with shawls or blankets for guests. In addition, don't forget the heat lamps!

It's all about providing you and your guests with a comfortable and fun environment that encourages a celebration that lasts well into the night! Happy Summer! Aleah + Nick

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Thank you Aleah and Nick for sharing these great summer tips with my readers today.

About Good Life Events
Known as the dynamic duo, husband and wife Nick and Aleah Valley plan and design weddings and events along the West Coast, nationwide, and abroad. With a company in Seattle and one in San Diego, they've been bringing their strengths and resources together since 2003 to create truly amazing events. Visit Aleah and Nick online here:
The Good Life Special Events in Southern California and Fine Line Management & Events in Seattle

Image Credits:
croquet photos from White Box Weddings, ice cream station from The Knot {photo via Jonathan Canlas}, sweet and tangy melon slaw from County Living, cucumber water from Wisteria, parasols from The Knot, bamboo fans from Shore Chic, tented lounge area from CocoCozy