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5 Top Tips for a Hot Weather Wedding

Preparing for hot weather is just as crucial as factoring in the chance of rain. To keep your guests cool and refreshed, here are 5 go-to tips.


Blame Her Ranch Santa Fe New Mexico


Blame Her Ranch is a beautiful 2,000 acre ranch venue just 45-minutes from Santa Fe in New Mexico. The exclusive venue hire package allows couples to host a destination wedding with uninterripted views of the Santa Fe National forest, accomodation for up to 44, a large pine banqueting hall, an outdoor gazebo, pool, cauldron shaped hot tub and more. Here, Linda Blamer shares her experiences of running hot weather weddings at Blame Her Ranch, as well as her top tips for couples hoping to do the same.


1. Location


Blame Her Ranch Santa Fe New Mexico

It all starts with the venue, so make sure the location for your special day has a great summer climate and atmosphere. There is numerous information on the web that will help you zero in on the country and city that matches your desired climate and scenery. A little extra work beforehand always pays off and that’s why we like Santa Fe so much because of the 300 days of sunshine, low humidity and temperatures rarely above 90 degrees.


2. Weather


Blame Her Ranch Santa Fe New Mexico

Okay, it’s a little boring but it’s something for you to keep in mind and plan for, especially if your event is outdoors. Here at our ranch, we have a built-in Plan B. If there’s bad weather, our couples can easily shift from outdoors to our Cowboy Chic Barn. Sit down with your wedding planner or event coordinator and make plans in case of inclement weather. Get ahead of it so you don’t have to worry on the day of your event. 


3. Summer Food Fun


Blame Her Ranch Santa Fe New Mexico

Since it is going to be warmer, play into that with signature cocktails, popsicle stands, and other things that will quench the thirst. Maybe even an ice cream wedding cake and sweet cold treats during the reception. In other words, incorporate refreshing foods to match the summer mood. 


4. Use the Heat To Your Advantage


Blame Her Ranch Santa Fe New Mexico

No matter where your wedding is, battling the heat will be something you will need to deal with. Here are some fun ideas to tackle the heat. Put together welcome bags with bottled water, sweet and savoury snacks, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Another cute idea is to offer your guests chic Fedora hats to help with extra sun protection (and what a great keepsake). Finally, at night, with the approval of your event location, fireworks are a great choice for the finale. 


5. Pool Possibilities


Blame Her Ranch Santa Fe New Mexico

If your location, like here at Blame Her Ranch, is lucky enough to have a swimming pool, take full advantage of it because nothing says summer more than a great pool! Instead of having a traditional welcome or rehearsal dinner, why not make it a pool party with food and activities. Decorate with floating flowers to take it to the next level, use colourful LED  lights floating in the pool to keep the party going well past sunset, create custom beach towels, have “beach boy-like” music or hire a band. Food-wise, keep it light with dedicated estival foods like vodka watermelon balls, margarita snow cones, etc. The whole idea here is to break the norms and make your event a truly memorable wedding.


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