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!