Published June 5th, 2014

Believe it or not, summer is around the corner. After a long winter at French’s Point, we couldn’t be more excited. As excited as we are, however, those hot summer days can make for long wedding days for a bride and groom. Here are our tips for staying cool on a hot summer day.

First of all, it helps to be coastal on really hot days since the sea breeze makes the air several degrees cooler than it is just a few miles inland. If you have a wedding venue along the water, like ours at French’s Point, you’ll benefit from this natural air conditioner.

Ask your venue or tent vendor to set up a shaded area outside for guests to get out of the sun but still enjoy the fresh air.

Consider the treats you’re offering. Popsicles can be a great option to cool off, or one of our signature cocktails like the blueberry-infused Maine Mojito. For a fun, childlike flair, you could hire an ice cream truck to work the reception lawn. Music is optional.

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Heather Kincaid Photography

For the bride, make sure you drink plenty of water to stay cool and consider bringing along a parasol and paper fan. You could also hand out small, decorative fans to guests, although this would likely be a last-minute purchase since in Maine it’s more likely you’ll have a breezy, comfortable day than a sweltering one, even in the summer.

For the groomsmen, try breathable cotton-blend tuxedos. Avoid wool like the plague. And forget the vests, they just create another layer that can really trap heat. Groomsmen can also use their jackets to their advantage – filling a flask with ice and sticking it inside one of the pockets can be a great way to stay cool. To make sure the condensation doesn’t stain through, put the flask inside a zip-lock plastic bag.