Summer Wedding in Long Island City

Top 6 Tips for a Summer Wedding in New York

Summer Wedding in Long Island City
Wedding Season is Here

The summer wedding season is officially here! Summer temperatures in New York City can reach 90°’s (the hottest summer temperature ever recorded in New York City was 108°) It is essential to know that although summer weddings are incredibly romantic, such hot temperatures can cause some real discomfort to you, your wedding professionals, and your guests. Being considerate (read being well-prepared) is key. Proper preparations are especially important for an outdoor wedding.
From abundant shade and hydration stations to appropriate summer bride and groom attire, in this article we are covering the most important things to consider when planning and outdoor summer wedding in New York. We have compiled expert tips of the pros you’ll want to follow to ensure your guests enjoy your special day, too!

Here are the top 6 tips to plan the best outdoor wedding for your guests:

Summer refreshments for a wedding ice cold water with lemon
1. Pre-ceremony refreshments 

While your traditional glass of “welcome” champagne is always tempting, keep in mind that for the next hour, your guests may be under the scorching summer sun. Try opting to serving non-alcoholic drinks as pre-ceremony refreshments instead.

Cold water, iced tea, fruit and mint-infused water, lemonade – keep your guests thirsts quenched and their well-beings in mind and hydrated. There will be plenty of time to pop the bubbly later!

2. Shade

If you can host your wedding ceremony in a shaded area or under a plethora of trees, it will probably be a good idea to do so. Otherwise, don’t forget to provide parasols and personal fans (wedding programs make great fans!) for your guests. You may also want to provide sunscreens, sunglasses and hats depending on the wedding style and length of the ceremony.  

3. Timeline 

To avoid the mid-afternoon scorching heat, begin your ceremony later in the day such as around 6PM. A later time will provide a more comfortable environment and save your guests from sunburn and heat exhaustion.

Remember, sticking to the timeline will help to keep your guests happy and comfortable. You never want to make your guests wait too long. They are excited to share your day with you and the more comfortable they are during your wedding ceremony, the more energy they will have to keep your dance floor lit during your reception!

Punta Cana summer ceremony seat allignment
4. Seats 

Even if you host a short and sweet 15 – 20 minute ceremony and opt for a non-seated arrangement, plan ahead for your elderly guests and pregnant friends. In extremely hot weather, even 5 minutes standing can become challenging. 

Seats matter, and not only the quantity but the type of seats as well. For example, metallic chairs are great and may look pretty in the pictures however, for obvious reasons, chair cushions are a must.

5. Pests

We love summer weddings. And so do bugs! Be sure to ask your venue about their pest control schedule. You may also want to provide travel-sized bug spray for your guests if your ceremony runs long.

Also, talk to your florists as they can suggest some specific flowers that help to keep the bugs away! 

Summer wedding ceremony tips
6. Sunglasses

Help your guests to be more present and comfortable during your ceremony by providing them with sunglasses and protecting their eyes from direct sun light. Those glasses can also double up as souvenirs and keepsakes of warm and lasting memories of your wedding day.

Sunglasses as wedding favors for a summer wedding in new york

Following these simple steps will most definitely enhance your guests’ experience at your wedding. With so many significant details to keep in mind, planning your own big day can get overwhelming. When it feels like a little bit too much, try reaching out to your local event planners for help.

Thank you to Olha Barabash at Sense of Moment for contributing her knowledge and expertise to this article.

Featured venues: Ravel Hotel Events, Queens Botanical Garden

Photography: Tatiana Valerie, ArtVesta Studio

Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony

Kelsie & Noah’s Summer Wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC

Sweet young couple Kelsie and Noah joined their hearts in a lush wedding ceremony on July 13th, 2019 at Ravel Hotel located in the trendy Long Island City, NYC. It was such a delightful, happy, and fun day! Everything was just perfect and I am so excited to share these photos! The couple’s precious fur baby Ellie deserves special credit for being the exclusive ring bearer!
Beautiful views of Ravel Hotel, LIC - wedding day
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride's preparations
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride's preparations
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - groom's preparations
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride's preparations
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - the first look bride and groom
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - couple on the rooftop
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - couple by the ivy wall
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride and groom photos together
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - happy bride
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride and groom photos together
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride and groom photo together
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride, groom and the bridal party
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride, groom and the bridal party
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - walking down the aisle
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - walking down the aisle
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony ring exchange
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - end of wedding ceremony
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Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - challah breaking
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - wedding reception
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - speeches
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - fathers dance
Here is the couple’s story:
 
Kelsie & Noah are both acappella nerds and met in their post-collegiate group, Blackout. One day Noah took Kelsie back to the place where they met, the place he auditioned for the acappella group and popped the question!
 
From the bride & groom:
We wanted our wedding to be formal but we asked our guests to lean towards colorful attire! Kelsie bought her dress at Sarah Seven and Noah got his tux from Indochino. Both of our shopping experiences were incredible and we highly recommend both places!
 
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding?
For the most part, our ceremony and reception were secular. We did, however, incorporate a chuppah into our ceremony. During our reception, we had Noah’s grandfather cut the challah and our whole party danced to the horah!
 
What is your best memory from your wedding?
Kelsie surprised Noah by getting up with the band and singing Noah’s favorite song. We also were blown away by all the love and excitement when we entered our reception for the first time!
 
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Use a day-of planner, whether it be a friend or a professional. Having someone else to take care of about all the crazy day-of mishaps will give you a chance to relax and enjoy the day before it all flies by. 
 

What gifts did you give to your bridesmaids and groomsmen?

Kelsie gave each bridesmaid a matching set of pajamas, a travel carry-on bag, and a few other fun little things like monogrammed tumblers and tote bags with the wedding hashtag that Kelsie handpainted.
Noah gave each groomsmen monogrammed cufflinks and a bottle of their favorite liquor.
 
What were your gifts for one another?
We gave each other the trip of a lifetime, a safari and beach trip in East Africa!
 
What was your ceremony entrance song?
Crazy in Love – Jay Z and Beyonce
 
What was your first dance song?
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
 
Vendors:
Photography and Videography: ArtVesta Studio
Florals: FLO NY Events
Wedding dress: Sarah Seven
Groom’s attire: Indochino
 
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