Outdoor Weddings: Beating the Heat

25 Aug

McKinney has, for all intents and purposes, become the Wedding Capital of North Texas, due to our many non-traditional locations, from our unique historic venues to lush and scenic outdoor settings.

This bride at Myers Park chose to meet her groom at the altar by 4-wheeler.

Brides expect Texas summers to be  hot, so June, July and August brides often won’t plan much outdoors for fear of melting their wedding party and guests. However, this year, with weather forecasts showing no sign of an end to this heat, brides with September and October wedding dates may be a little nervous about record heat on their big days.

We asked McKinney wedding planner Wendy Kidd (Each & Every Detail) to provide a few tips to help brides with outdoor weddings deal with the heat:

“If your ceremony is outside, don’t forget about your guests’ comfort.  While they may not be out there long, the heat wave we’ve had is killer!  Sunscreen towelettes, programs in the shape of fans and customized water bottles are all great ways to help keep your guests cool.  If at all possible, position your outdoor ceremony so guests are sitting in the shade and not facing into the sun. If your wedding is in the early afternoon (the hottest part of the day), you may consider renting a tent for your outdoor space.  They can be less expensive than you think and many of the options for tents are not as necessary when used for just the ceremony.  Your guests will have a much better time if they don’t spend the reception recuperating from the heat!”

 –Wendy Kidd, owner and president of Each & Every Detail

And here is some information and a video, both from the Each & Every Detail blog, to show how special a McKinney wedding can be:

Last year, Each & Every Detail donated its services to a little group called Collin County Event Professionals for a free wedding giveaway. The wedding package included almost everything from engagement photos to a horse carriage ride at the end.  We were so touched by how many other vendors donated their time and services. It was an amazing project to be involved in and we enjoyed every minute of working with Amy & Vic. The wedding was held on November 7, 2010, at the Chapel at Chestnut Square in McKinney, with the reception at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.  Each & Every Detail provided full wedding planning services, through lead planner Wendy Kidd.”

For more information about planning a wedding in McKinney, the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau staff can help you get started – free of charge – with room blocks, goody bags for your out-of-town guests, suggestions of venues based on guest list size, and more.  The certified wedding planner you choose can help you do the rest!

Call 214-544-1407 (or tollfree at 888-649-8499), email us at info@visitmckinney.com, or visit our wedding planning page online.

Special thanks to Wendy Kidd for her contribution to this blog entry!

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