After what was an intense and seemingly everlasting winter (even for self-confessed snow-lovers like myself), we are being blessed with a truly glorious summer so far. That's great news if you are getting married over the coming weeks or if you are a guest at a summer wedding this year. It means no trudging around with umbrellas or worrying about finding a jacket that matches your meticulously planned outfit.
However, summer can cause it's own set of problems - from hostile histamines to skin-scorching sun rays - so below I have listed 5 things to pack when off to a wedding (whether your own or some else's).
1. Sun Cream
OK OK - not a particularly original suggestion but one that so many of us fail to think about until we are led in bed, looking lobster-like and desperately dipping our limbs in aftersun treatments. Prevention is so much better than cure and with outdoor ceremonies, group shots and catching up with long-lost relatives taking up most of your attention, the relentless sun on your exposed skin may not be immediately evident. Don't take the risk and slap it on at regular intervals (and before the bar opens and you are even more oblivious to the elements)!
Whilst there is always someone who has come prepared with a handbag full of tissues (usually a mum as they are adept at preparing for every eventuality), make sure you bring along your own supply to wipe away tears of joy, sweaty foreheads and clean any ice cream and melted chocolate from sticky fingers. If it's your own wedding and you don't think your outfit really works with a pocket full of Kleenex, make sure a member of your wedding party carries some for you.
3. Hay fever Medication / Spectacles
This year is particularly bad for pollen and as a hay fever sufferer myself, I know how debilitating it can be. Any medication you take for hay fever usually takes some time to build up in your system and be effective so make sure you have started taking the medication at least a week before the wedding. Bee Pollen tablets have been an absolute godsend for me but there are many options.
On the day, take some eyes drops with you to help relieve tired itchy eyes, and a pair of specs if you are a contact lens wearer and need to remove them (trust me there is nothing worse than itchy eyes and not being able to remove your lenses due to not having your glasses on you).
Speaking of spectacles, always pack your sunnies! There's nothing worse than spending the day squinting in the summer sun. However, keep them off for any photos; even if you are one of 11 cousins in a family photograph, the photographer will want to see your eyes sparkling beautifully in their lens. Oh and unless it's for medical reasons, please don't be that person who wears them indoors throughout the wedding breakfast too. Unless you have a 20 strong paparazzi squad following you around, you probably just look a little silly!
5. An extra layer
You wake up, look out of the window and check your weather app and wohoo - all the signs say it's gonna be a scorcher!! However, temperatures can drop hugely after sunset and sometimes venues can overcompensate with the air con. Don't get caught out and make sure you have a light jacket or shawl to stylishly drape over you later in the evening to keep your cool whilst keeping warm. If you did indeed forget your sun screen, you may also need something to cover your exposed bits (!) to prevent the burn.
These are just some of my tips - what advice can you offer for surviving a summer scorcher of a wedding day? Comment below and help others have a wonderful wedding this summer.
Until next time, enjoy the sunshine!