Wedding planning can be stressful, especially when you have your heart set on that perfect summer wedding. But with a little planning, you can have a stress-free and memorable summer wedding, even if it’s in the middle of a heat wave. Check out these top-notch tips to help you plan your summer wedding.
Planning your wedding can be done in a short amount of time. With dedication and decisiveness, you could plan it all out in a matter of hours. However, just because you’ve planned everything doesn’t mean it’s a done deal. You need to make sure the venue, vendors, and other things are available once you’ve done the planning.
Therefore, you need to start planning early. Generally, you should start planning at least a full year before the date you’ve chosen. This allows plenty of time so you can get your first choices. This is especially important when planning a wedding at Chandler’s Gardens, as our wedding and reception sites book quickly, especially during the summer months.
It’s easy to get caught up in the romance of your wedding vision and forget the tiny details – like money. Every beautiful thing you imagine is going to come with a price tag. So it’s important to set a budget before you start planning and to keep that budget realistic.
Once you’ve set a budget, decide which things are most important to you and prioritize them in your budget. For example, you may dedicate more money to your chosen venue and less to the catering because you really want that particular venue.
You should also keep in mind that pricing may change. Be prepared to pay more than you expected or planned for some things. This is another reason for planning early. You’ll have more time to adjust your budget, save more money, or consider changes when pricing is more than you thought.
Summer weddings are incredibly popular, which means summer wedding dates are quickly booked everywhere. It’s a good idea to have two or three dates that you’re willing to have your wedding so you can get the venue you prefer.
If it comes to it, you may have to choose between your preferred wedding date or preferred wedding venue. You should discuss this with your future spouse during the planning stage to decide which one you want more so you’re both on the same page.
Outdoor summer weddings almost anywhere have warm temperatures. But the summer heat in Texas can be brutal. Your food and décor can easily become overheated, wilted, and unusable if not treated properly. The first step is to choose food and décor that can handle the heat, such as succulents and tropical florals for your décor.
You should also arrange for a cool location to store the food until it’s time to eat. Ideally, this would be a kitchen with a refrigerator and freezer, but even a cool shaded area such as under a tent would work. You should also work with your caterer to be sure they don’t deliver the food too soon.
Summer storms can whip up out of nowhere. When planning an outdoor wedding, it’s always smart to choose a back-up location that’s indoors or at least has some sort of cover from rain.
When you plan your wedding at Chandler’s Gardens, in addition to others, we offer the Legends Rose Garden Tent and Tuscan Banquet/Reception Hall as covered reception sites. In a pinch, if the weather turns bad, you could move your wedding from your chosen wedding site on the grounds to your covered reception site.
A summer wedding can be beautiful, elegant, and fun. It can also be stressful and frustrating. But with proper planning and the help of a good wedding planner, you can lessen the stress and frustration and amp up the beauty, elegance and fun. If you’re ready to book your wedding at Chandler’s Gardens, contact us today to get started.