How to Have a Summer Wedding in Arizona

Don’t let the Arizona heat scare you from saying “I do” this summer. Though the temperatures continue to rise, there are plenty of ways to navigate around the heat to enjoy your special day. From saving face to saving funds, below are some hot tips and tricks to strategically plan a summer wedding in Arizona from the wedding experts at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass.

Offer Sun-Saving Goodies to Guests

  • Opt for mini sunscreens and bug sprays before the ceremony.
  • Keep guests cool with paper fan programs, handheld mister fans or umbrellas that complement your wedding colors.
  • Swap out heels and loafers for complementary flip-flops for guests to dance the night away in.
  • Provide fancy chill towels for guests to grab as needed, using an iced-out display to fit your wedding style.
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Vet Your Venues

  • Choose a shaded venue if you’re planning to use an outdoor venue or anticipate guests will be outdoors for extended periods of time. 
  • Confirm an indoor space is available for guests to find temporary relief or cool off in the chance of excessive heat. 
  • Always add on wedding insurance to receive reimbursement for all non-refundable amounts and lost deposits in the event you must postpone or cancel due to unexpected circumstances.
  • Keep the outdoor activities to a minimum, directing guests outdoors solely for the ceremony. 
  • Go with fabric chairs, as metal and plastic will get hot quickly. 
  • Consider an evening ceremony, when temperatures have had time to cool down and direct sunlight is no longer a potential threat.

Save Face for Photos 

  • Skip the touch-ups by sticking with powder-based makeup, instead of liquid.
  • Try out an updo or keep your hair back instead of down your neck to avoid a sticky style situation.
  • Make sure your bouquet survives photos by picking silk or satin flowers, which can stand the heat and last for years.
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Master Your Menu 

  • Have fun cooling off by incorporating an ice cream bar or offering frozen drinks following the ceremony.
  • Stick with seasonal foods; think fruits and veggies, charcuterie boards, summer salads and grilled proteins.

Plan Ahead

  • Be sure to send out save-the-dates well in advance to give guests plenty of notice to plan their summer vacations around your special day.
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