Everyone knows summertime in the South means highs in the 90’s and high humidity. According to the US Climate Data, the average temperature in Athens during June is 89, in July: 91, and August: 90. You’ve set your date during summer, and your dream venue is outdoors. How can you beat the heat on your wedding day?


1. Early Save-the Date

Among vacations and seasonal holiday celebrations, summer schedules get booked quickly. You want your wedding to make its mark on your guests’ calendars before anything else (even AthFest), so get those save-the-dates out early.

Save the Date SanfordPhoto by The Studio B Photography

2) Throw In Shade

Make sure your venue has a shady area available, or if it does not, rent a tent in Athens to give your guests some relief from the heat. Put up fans or consider a portable air conditioning unit.

Oak Tree Shade WeddingPhoto by Athens GA Wedding Photographer Blane Marable


3) Shorter Ceremony

The ceremony is definitely important to your wedding day, but make sure that is it not too long. Guests will be more gracious for a reasonably-timed, beautiful ceremony and get to escape the heat a little quicker.

Outdoor Ceremony

Photo by Athens GA Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

4) Program Paddle Fans

Print your program on a paddle fan so that guests can stay informed and stay cool at the same time!

Program Paddle FanPhoto by FreeTemplateIdeas.com

5) Custom Water Labels

Put custom-made wedding labels on small bottles of water and place them around the venue. Keep them in an ice bucket next to the paddle fans for the ceremony, and place them everywhere around the reception area so guests can stay hydrated while they dance!

Pro-tip: Drink plenty of water and keep the wedding party hydrated too!

Water Bottle LabelsPhoto by WineVine-Imports.com

6) Cool and Comfy Dress

Don’t wear a dress that’s too heavy or thick—choose fabrics that will keep you comfortable. Or if you can’t help but choose that heavy silk taffeta gown, consider getting a second, lighter dress for the reception. Boutiques in Athens have many different choices!

Light Dress

Photo by Athens GA Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

7) In-season Flowers

Pick flowers that bloom in Georgia during summertime, and order them from a shop in or near Athens, to keep from possible wilting during long transportation time.

Summer Flower Bouquets

Photo by Athens GA Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

8) Up-Do

Consider an up-do to keep your neck cooler and your hair looking flawless.

Pro-tip: Use foundation with SPF and waterproof eye makeup!

Up do

Photo by Athens GA Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

9) Light Foods

Heat does not mix well with heavy foods, so keep the food options light and easy to eat.

Wedding Food

Photo by WeddingPartyApp.com

10) Popsicles

Pass out popsicles in small clear glasses during the reception as a yummy frozen treat. King of Pops in Athens would be an easy catered option, and you get to pick from their fun, all-natural flavors!


Photo by TheKnot.com

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