Keeping cool on a hot day is a bit of a strange topic to be writing when the rain is beating down outside. But I’m sure by the time I’ve finished writing and hit ‘publish’ the sun will have broken through the clouds and all evidence of rain will have evaporated away. Well, that’s the hope anyway. That’s the thing about Yorkshire weather – it’s so changeable that it can be very hard to prepare for every eventuality, especially when you’re planning your wedding months in advance. However, if you’re one of the lucky ones who are blessed with wall-to-wall sunshine on your big day, here are some tips on how to keep cool on your wedding day:
Whether you’re applying your make-up yourself, or having somebody do it for you, you must not forget a good primer. A primer acts as a base for foundation and allows it to go on smoother, last longer and will ultimately help stop it sliding off your face in the heat of the day. You can also apply a setting spray after application to get a make-up look that won’t budge.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your face. Nobody wants to get sunburn on their wedding day, but often we apply it to our bodies and neglect our faces. Our Editor’s favourite is Benefit Dream Screen SPF. Its lightweight, oil free and fragrance free formula gives a matte finish and at SPF 45 gives than enough protection from Yorkshire sunshine.
A good spritz of a facial toner throughout the day can also help cool you down. We recommend Serozinc by La Roche-Posay which will also help to mattify, so it’s especially great for oily skin.
For added shine control throughout the day, try blotting papers or a blotting stick.
Often the added weight of hair on your neck can make you overheat. If this is a concern for you, then ask your hairdresser to put your hair up. Even short and mid-length hair can be put up with the addition of hair pieces. For inspiration on bridal hair, see our Pinterest board on Wedding Up Dos.
Keep yourself and your guests cool with fans. Lace and silk fans, like the ones below, are great for the bridal party, but paper ones can be just as pretty. You can even personalise them and give them to guests, either as orders of service, or favours.
If it’s an especially bright day, you could even give sunglasses to your guests as favours too.
(Image by Phil Smithies)
Hydration is important if you want to keep cool, so have plenty of drinks on hand throughout the day. Unfortunately, the general advice is to avoid alcoholic beverages as alcohol can act as a diuretic, so go easy on the cocktails and try to replenish lost fluids with water.
If you’re worried that the sun will be too bright for your wedding photos, then discuss this with your wedding photographer. A good photographer will know the best time of day to take photos and can reassure you. They may even suggest that photos be taken later in the day. Pictures taken later in the evening can be just as stunning and if you catch the ‘golden hour’ the results can be incredible.
Good luck from us. We hope the sun shines for you on your special day.
The Nuptial team x