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Your Guide To The Perfect Summer Wedding

So you’ve decided to get hitched but prefer to keep the celebration casual and cosy (no OTT gala dinners please!). Here are five pointers that could make or break your party.

The invitations
An invitation must indicate the theme, if any, so guests know what to expect and how to dress appropriately. For RSVP purposes, it is important to provide clear and accurate contact details.

The gown
Choose a fabric like silk, organza, tulle or chiffon as they are light and helps your body stay cool in our warm and humid weather. The last thing you want are horrible sweat stains on the gown. If walking down the lawn or beach is part of the itinerary, consider a pair of flats.

The location
Indoor-outdoor venues give you the best of both worlds – gorgeous blue skies and welcomed AC respite.

The flowers
Choose summer blooms, like dahlias, lavenders and gardenias, as these will not wilt in the heat. Work with the florist to keep arrangements looking garden-fresh. Beautiful flowers equal a beautiful wedding.

The treats
Keep temperatures down with ice-cold beers and cocktail (serve in fancy glasses for a pretty touch). Frozen drinks are guaranteed to please, while ice platters keep food and beverages fresh for consumption. A dessert bar with scrumptious sweets like waffle sundaes, berry parfaits, pop tarts and bundt cakes send energy levels soaring.