So here are 5 ways to curry favour with your guests by keeping them cool.
It sounds obvious but if you're having your drinks reception outside on a sunny day then think about providing some shade for your guests. If space allows, and it's not going to interfere with the photos then put up a gazebo or some free-standing parasols. If this isn't possible then place paper parasols around the drinks area for your guests to use. And how about a table of sunglasses for those who've forgotten theirs?
Talk to your venue or caterer about the best drinks for hot weather. Champagne is traditional for wedding receptions but it gets drunk quickly and many people don't find it especially refreshing. Pimms is a good choice for a summer wedding reception; topped up with lemonade and served with ice, it's more hydrating and will take longer to drink. Also, make sure there are plenty of soft drinks available and put extra water on the tables.
Hiring an ice cream cart is always a popular move with guests and complements a vintage or garden-party theme. To keep costs down replace the usual canapés with an ice cream or give each guest an ice cream token as a wedding favour.
Prior to the wedding day talk to your venue about air-conditioning. Old buildings, such as barns, can get quite stuffy so make sure the venue has air-con units or fans to hand to cool the room down before the wedding breakfast. Marquees can get stiflingly hot when closed - ask your venue to open as many sides as possible and request fans to get the air circulating.
Speaking of fans why not provide some for your guests? You can buy pretty ones to put on the tables or dot them around at the drinks reception. A great way of building them into the theme of your day and providing a keepsake for guests is to create order of the day fans. See below for a pretty example from Dottie Creations.