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Tips for a Summer Wedding

Summer wedding season is in full flow here at The Coniston and there’s nothing more idyllic than a summer wedding on the estate. Between the warm weather (fingers crossed!), the long days and the late sunsets, it’s no reason that the summer months remain the most popular.

To help those Brides & Grooms planning their summer 2020 wedding, our new Wedding Co-ordinator, Emily Potter, has put together some of her top tips:

Get your Save the Date and Invites out soon – most people go on holiday during the summer months, so announce your wedding date well in advance to ensure your nearest and dearest are all available for your big day.

Choose a venue that offers indoor and outdoor space – the one thing you cannot guarantee on your wedding day, no matter what month you hold your special day, is the weather. Therefore it is important to always have a Plan B. At the Coniston Hotel we have the Wedding Terrace with stunning views of the estate and lake, and in case it rains, we have the Conservatory and Winston’s Barn, so that no matter what the weather your guests have a comfortable space for the drinks reception.

Think about timings – if you have a scorching day and so use an outdoor space during your special day, try to avoid the hottest times of the day, from 12pm until 3pm. If your wedding party will be outdoors at these times, provide some shade for your guests using umbrellas or gazebos.

Lighter fabrics – whether it’s your wedding dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, groomsman’s suits or guests’ outfits, stick to breathable fabrics and light colours to ensure you feel cool all day long.

Keeping flowers fresh – when the temperatures soar, flowers tend to wilt quickly. Make sure your florist provides plenty of water sources to keep them fresh. Store your flowers in a cold place such as a refrigerator to keep your flowers blooming.

Summer hair and makeup – work with your hair and makeup artists to create the perfect summer wedding look. Avoid the summer frizz by opting for an up do or low ponytail. Keep makeup light and make sure it is fully set so that it stays in place throughout the day. Don’t forget to ask your make-up artist if the moisturiser or foundation contains an SPF.

Speaking of sun protection – if the forecast is looking favourable and you’re planning to spend plenty of time outdoors then be the perfect host and protect your guests with miniature bottles of suncream with a high SPF.

Stay hydrated – ensuring both yourself and your guests are hydrated (not just with prosecco!) is essential at summer weddings. Water coolers or jugs of iced water with fruit garnishes are the perfect way to keep your guests cool.


If you want to find out more about weddings at The Coniston, you can download our wedding brochure here. Alternatively, please give me a call on 01756 748 080.