Dylan Howard Junior studying Communications Public Relations and Esmerelda Munoz Junior studying Health Psychology, planning their wedding in the Thomas E. Ricks Gardens (Tori Sheets, Scroll Photography)

Get tips for your summer wedding

There comes a point in most people’s lives where they get the magical task of planning their very own wedding. There are many details to put in order and decisions to be made.

“Once you’re engaged, start looking for a dress,” said Tatiana Crandall, a BYU-Idaho alumna and wedding photographer, in a blog post she wrote entitled “Five Steps to Planning Your Mormon Wedding.” “Alterations take months, and it takes a while to find the perfect one, especially if you’re on a budget. Try on a bunch of different styles and colors (white/ivory/off-white). See what you love and what is most flattering.”

Not only is it important to find the right dress for you, but it is also crucial to keep in mind the weather. A David’s Bridal associate encouraged the brides she worked with to stay away from satin, explaining that it will show every drop of sweat.

“If planning an outdoor wedding reception, always consult a local almanac before choosing a date,” said Heather Perry, a wedding event decorator. “Then have a very solid indoor backup plan in case of rain.”

Perry said from the many weddings she has put together, there is one in particular that stuck out in her memory.

“I did a wedding a while back where the bride refused to have a backup plan,” Perry said. “It was a second wedding for both of them, so they weren’t being married in the temple. (The entire wedding party) stood in totally pouring rain for the ceremony. The cake was a disaster, and the guests had to sit on very wet chairs to eat the watered down food they had catered.”

There always has to be a backup plan so the guests at the wedding are not miserable.

Crandall said people should also be looking for the all of the different flowers that may be wanted for the wedding.

Flowers to consider include the bride’s bouquet, the groom’s boutonniere, bridesmaids’ bouquets, groomsmens’ boutonnieres, mother/mother-in-law’s flowers (recommend pinned corsage), father/father-in-law’s boutonniere, etc., according to Crandall’s blog post.

“It’s possible to find flowers that are in season and still have the look of being very expensive,” Crandall said.

There are many little hacks to keep in mind that can help make a summer wedding exactly what the bride has in mind, from wedding veil weights to heel protectors so the ladies’ pumps aren’t sinking into the ground.

With all the excitement, it’s important to not lose sight of what is actually important in the wedding.

“What really matters is the sealing,” said Sylvia Turley, a counselor in the Financial Aid Office. “The reception, the decorations, the colors. Those are just for your friends and family to help you celebrate. The temple ceremony is what is truly important.”

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