Summer wedding survival guide

As the days get hotter and more humid, the weddings in your social calendar come thick and fast, with happy couples all hoping for glorious weather on their big day. [...]

As the days get hotter and more humid, the weddings in your social calendar come thick and fast, with happy couples all hoping for glorious weather on their big day. While summer weddings are beautifully scenic and romantic, they can also be hot, sticky and difficult to manage – especially if the ceremony is taking place abroad. So, how can you stop yourself from overheating and enjoy your day to the fullest?

1) Dress for the temperature

Even on the hottest of days, you’ll still need to stick to the dress code and wear a sophisticated outfit, but perhaps you could choose a lightweight, loose-fitting dress rather than something heavy and restricting.

Opt for natural, breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen, rayon or silk as these allow heat to escape from the body and will also dry quickly. Light colours are also best on hot days, so avoid shades such as black, navy and plum. Though you’ll of course have to avoid white dresses, you can choose from a range of pretty pastel shades such as blue, pink, lilac, yellow or green.

For a chic summer dress that will keep you cool and provide an elegant look, choose a gorgeous wedding guest dress from Bombshell. With a range of styles and colours to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect dress for any upcoming wedding, whatever the location or time of year. Each Bombshell dress is designed to make women look and feel fantastic, with unique draping and shearing panels to balance your shape and flatter your figure.

2) Opt for an updo

Summer weddings are the perfect time to experiment with an updo. Keeping your hair out of your face will not only give you an elegant, classy look that’s in-keeping with the formality of the occasion, but will also prevent you from overheating. In contrast, wearing your hair down means feeling it weighing on your shoulders throughout the whole day, making you feel even more hot and bothered.

3) Choose your makeup carefully

If you’ll be spending a long time perfecting your wedding guest makeup, make sure it’s not going to melt down your face come midday. To look your best all day long, try avoiding liquid foundation and liquid eyeliner, choosing powder-based products as an alternative. Waterproof mascara is your best friend on hot days, while a good setting spray will ensure your makeup doesn’t budge. You should also layer on sunscreen and UV protection beneath your makeup to keep your skin properly protected from the sun.

4) Stay hydrated

It’s important to stay hydrated on summer days, especially if you’ll be drinking alcohol at the wedding as this will dehydrate you further. Start your day with a glass of water instead of your usual coffee and remember to keep hydrating throughout the event.

5) Don’t eat too much

The wedding dinner will no doubt be delicious, but try not to stuff yourself as this may leave you feeling sick and overtired. Of course, you’ll need to eat properly to stay energised and soak up the alcohol, but once you’ve finished your meal, avoid too many extra snacks and sugary foods. Maybe save that slice of wedding cake for later?

6) Come prepared

It always helps to be prepared, so if you’re able to pack a small bag with some essential supplies you should do so. Spare deodorant, wet wipes, tissues, sunscreen, sunglasses and a water bottle will no doubt come in handy and can make all the difference when it comes to staying comfortable in the heat.

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