Expert Advice: What to Know About Planning a Summer Wedding in Florida

Tampa Bay Wedding Planning Advice

Choosing a date is one of the most important things you’ll do during planning process for your Tampa Bay wedding. When it comes to picking a season for your big day, we asked our Marry Me Tampa Bay preferred wedding pros to share their best advice for couples considering a summer wedding.

Grab a lemonade (or frose) and cool off while you consider tying the knot during the hottest season in Florida.

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Understand the Heat

It’s hot. It rains. -Staci Mandikas, UNIQUE Weddings and Events

Just don’t have an outdoor wedding in the summer in Florida. -Bonnie Newman, Bonnie Newman Creative

Expected unexpected weather at anytime including: lightning, thunderstorms and potentially hurricanes. Summer is also vacation time in Florida for most families. Hotel room pricing is at premium levels, airfare is higher, crowded beaches and also heavier traffic congestion in the beach areas. -Tammy Waterman, Special Moments Event Planning

Remember that a person can sunburn after 20 minutes in the sun, so imagine what it can do to delicate flowers. Two hours of photos outside in the Florida heat and humidity before the ceremony, is not flower friendly. Many flowers will not hold up well in those conditions, so listen if your florist tells you that a bloom is too delicate for summer beach weddings. -Cassie Silva Osterloth, Wonderland Floral Art

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Kristen Marie Photography | Wonderland Floral Art

Know the Weather

If you’re planning on including your dog in your ceremony, make sure that they are allowed in your back up space if it rains. A lot of times we have to get special permission from the venue for this! -Kelly Maronpot, FairyTail Pet Care

Do your research on past weather patterns! I did a wedding August last year on the beach at 1 p.m. in Marco Island. The couple was dripping in sweat. They were from Maine, so their August is a lot different than August down here. Ask vendors what the weather is like during those months so you are prepared! Also have a “plan B” for rain because you can always count on rain. -James Blankenfeld, Imagery Wedding Films

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Your Cake Might Melt

Most desserts need to be kept at room temperature, so plan to keep everything indoors. If you have your heart set on outdoor treats, keep them indoors until right before serving! -Brandi Becker-Matiyak, Sweetly Dipped Confections

No whip cream wedding cakes! -Laurie Ryan, A Piece of Cake

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Stay Calm to Stay Cool

Being educated on the weather, sunset time, and locations here in Florida but most important is attitude and expectations. It could rain all day and be the best wedding ever because of how the couple’s attitude going into the situation is. -Carrie Wildes, Carrie Wildes Photography

Have backups plans and be flexible with your timeline. When we have a more relaxed photography timeline, it’s easy to move a first look up or push portraits back in order to work around the weather. -Caroline Smith, Caroline & Evan Photography

Pick a location that is indoors so you don’t have to stress about weather or a weather back up alternative. A location with floor to ceiling windows will give you the beauty of the outdoors while staying indoors. It is bringing the outside view in. -Brittany Erigo, The Tampa Club

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Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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