If you live in Michigan, it's probably not much of a suprise to know that the vast majority of weddings take place during the warm summer months of June to September. Brides and Bridesmaids usually seem unperturbed by these hot, hazy days, as they simply counter the heat and humidity by donning open-air "spaghetti" strap or strapless atire.
Dissimilarly, Grooms and Groomsmen, whose internal thermostats naturally run warmer, are destined to find themselves in long pants, long sleeved shirts, vests, and (ugh) a formal jacket to boot - which add up to one thing: a lot of guys with internal temperatures running much higher than the normal 98.6 degrees.
Hyperthermia (over heating) is a cumulative process, but there are ways to slow it down to ensure your wedding - and reception - are as enjoyable as possible on a warm day. Beside the obvious (have an air conditioned church and transport vehicle), here are a couple of suggestions you may not have thought of:
1. Have a Spritzer Bottle on hand
Spritzer bottles shoot a light mist of water, instantly cooling the skin. They act the same way as "cool zones", used frequently by Professional Football players in the early, warmer months of the season. Spray it directly onto your face from approximately 12", and you'll feel your body temp noticably drop
2. Bring a 2nd Shirt
On a 90 degree day, having a dry shirt to change into when you reach your reception may spell the difference between surviving an ordeal and being able to enjoy the second half of your day. And don't be shy about packing a towel, baby wipes, deodorant, and some body spray to use during the change-over. You'll thank yourself repeatedly as you swap that wet shirt for a clean dry one
3. Pack Gatorade
With excessive heat comes dehydration - which is not to be taken lightly. Even moderate dehydration will render you listless and lethargic, making you feel more like a spectator than a participant at your reception. Drinking Gatorade (or something similar) replenishes the electrolytes and minerals you will have lost during an entire day to persperation. I personally pack two 32 ounce bottles of Gatorade and drink whatever water may be found to offset the water I lose while photographing a wedding
Although these three suggestions won't actually lower the ambient air temperature, they'll go a long way to making your Wedding Day everything you had hoped it could be!
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This is the 4th article in a series of Tips and Suggestions for Brides to help you prepare for your Big Day. To read more, click http://blog.robertcharlesphotography.com/index/view-post/id/40
In over 25 years of photographing Weddings, I've met a variety of different Brides.
Some are very Sanguine, effervescent, and exude an "Energizer Bunny" level of non-stop energy. Others are more reserved, with a quiter spirit.
Still others who are very "left-brained" and approach their big day with a meticulous precission, orchestrating and finessing the finest nuanced details in order to create the "perfect" day. If you find yourself identifying with this third group of Brides, read-on: This instalment is for you!
If you relish overseeing every aspect of your Wedding Day, because you want to make sure every "t" is crossed and every "i" is dotted, you are in a special class of Brides. You've probably discussed ad infinitum every possiblity and contingency which may arise - and have back-up plans for your back-up plans. You've also probably arrived at your first Wedding Photography consultation with a fully tabulated notebook, replete with questions, lists, and pictures you've cut out from your favorite wedding magazines.
If any of this sounds familiar, let me give you a piece of advice which will make your Wedding Day everything you dreamed it would be: Wedding Tips and Suggestions #14: On your Wedding Day, Delegate the oversight of the details to a trusted friend.
Why? On your Wedding Day, you need to "change hats" from that of "Wedding Planner" to that of "Bride".
Sure, by the end of the day you may have a check mark next to every single item on the Wedding Day Checklist that you've created. And sure, you may ultimately arrive at the end of the day, with a well-deserved smile of satisfaction, knowing you "pulled-off" the biggest, most complicated day you've ever planned without a hitch. But, if you do, you will not have enjoyed the day as a Bride!
Here are few suggestions in bullet point:
- Hire only Vendors and trusted Professionals to be on your Wedding Day "team"
- Because they are Professionals, loosen the reigns - and allow them to surpass your expectations!
- Delegate - to a trusted friend - the responsibility of making sure everything on your Final Check List will be taken care of
- Find a friend or relative who will be willing to act as "go-for" on your Wedding Day - to run errands when needed, etc
- And here's the most important suggestion of all: On the morning of your Wedding Day, shift gears from "Wedding Planner" to "Bride", knowing that you've done a great job planning your Wedding!
- Then enjoy - truly enjoy - you Wedding Day!
You've done all the planning ... now enjoy your Wedding Day!
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