Today was a very hot and humid day. I think it reached upwards of 100 degrees with 100% humidity and a three-piece suit, a lethal combination. Right before the bride and groom took their first steps as bride and groom, one of their groomsmen collapsed with heat stroke. We called the paramedics and the boy is fine, but it was scare that may have been avoidable.
Here are a few tips on how to stay cool when having a outdoor ceremony:
1- Have plenty of water and keep everyone hydrated.
2- Consider giving your bridal party hand-held fans.
3- While taking pictures do them in shifts so your bridal party is only outside in 10-15 minute increments. During these breaks it is a good idea for the men to take off their coats. Remember to drink lots of water.
4- Remind your bridal party not to lock their knees while standing at the altar.
5- For your guests, make your program a fan or place fans on every chair as a favor.
6- Have a water or lemonade station available for your guests before and during the ceremony.
7- Let people know including your bridal party that if they start not feeling good they can go sit in the air conditioning without reprimand.