Summer’s definitely the time when the flowers bloom, the birds chirp and everyone strolls out to enjoy the Great Outdoors. This is also one of the most popular seasons for weddings. Indeed, summer brings with it a sort of poetic joy and sense of contentment which no other season can bring.
However, the downside is that summer also rhymes with sweat. This is why it’s extremely important to take your guests’ comfort into consideration and add a pronounced touch of freshness to your summer wedding. After all, you want them to enjoy the ceremony and not melt into a puddle while you’re saying the vows. So, be sure to provide a lively summer wedding buffet which you can decorate with colorful touches and accents. Your buffet can contain a variety of light dishes and snacks such as garden salads, smoked fish, cookies, chicken salad and the likes.
As far as the dessert goes, steer clear from overly heavy and creamy dishes which will bring an uncomfortable overly full sensation to your guests. In fact, if you want to take the freshness factor up a notch, consider going for cooler treats such as frozen yogurt, ice cream, or even maybe some shaved ice. The caterers can take the cool desserts out of the kitchen in several batches to keep it from melting. If you’re not comfortable with these desserts, why not go for flans, chilled chocolate brownies or even cold chocolate mousse.
Bear in mind that alcoholic beverages tend to provide a slight warming effect as it goes down. Of course, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t serve wines, champagnes or liqueurs at the reception, but, it’s also a great idea to provide your guests with several types of non-alcoholic drinks that will keep them cool and fresh. Mint coolers, virgin coladas, milkshakes or even virgin mojitos are fantastic options for your teetotal drink list.
To take things up by another notch, be sure to place some self-serve juice bars all around the reception area. If you’re holding your wedding during tea-time, why not serve some iced Frappuccino, iced coffee or maybe a tall glass of perfectly chilled ice tea to your guests? Don’t neglect the buckets of ice cubes either: to really make an impression, you may even freeze some cubes of juice which will add extra flavor to the drinks. If you’re having an outdoors summer wedding, it’s also important to provide several bottles of mineral water for anyone who gets dehydrated.