First, if you’ve never lived in the South, you need to visit. Not because there is any particular attraction or positive draw, but so that you can build character while you suffer through the agonizing heat. You will feel your makeup melt off of your face, feel your body glisten in ungodly places, and understand what it’s like to take a bath without actually touching any water.
Second, a southern wedding in the heat is a totally different story. I absolutely love weddings and I had a fantastic time celebrating my cousin’s marriage in Charleston. The humidity was out in full force and the heat was so intense that by the end of the night, my hair was drenched. I am so excited to share my methods
Hydrate Days Before the Wedding
It takes my body time to get hydrated if I’ve not been diligently drinking water as I should. Preparing before you leave will be essential, especially if you’ll be drinking coffee and alcohol if you’re traveling. I have also found that hydrating and drinking lots of water helps me to avoid getting sick while I’m flying.
Vitamin C drink mixes are also your friend! I brought my best friend Morgan to the wedding, and she had the brilliant idea to snag some Vitamin C individual drink mixes at the checkout line in Whole Foods.
Wear Gel Deodorant
To avoid any potential sweat stains, I recommend a gel deodorant and antiperspirant. My personal favorite is Secret- it hasn’t let me down yet.
Be Careful with Polyester
No seriously, your body can’t breathe. You will feel like a caged-in animal that is slowly dying if you wear a polyester-based fabric. I learned this the hard way. The saving grace of the style is that it is not form-fitting and is billowy. I am not a fan of wearing the form-fitting dresses between May and October for a wedding. It’s just not doable. If the polyester is just too good to pass up, search for a shift dress style to let the breeze flow through.
Stock up with Essentials
Don’t forget to bring blotting sheets and a mini translucent powder. To forgo the shine, slip off to the bathroom to blot, refresh with a mini toner (I recommend this one) and dust on some translucent powder. I’d sneak off for touchups right as cocktail hour starts before the family bombards you with photo requests.
Depending on where the wedding is, you might honestly need a bug spray. If you’re anywhere by water, a marsh, pond, or any body of water that isn’t bottled, you should prepare to be attacked. By mosquitos, that is. I’m so glad that the wedding coordinator provided some bug spray.
I hope these tips help you stay cool and gorgeous for your next event. How do you keep your look together in the humidity? Let me know in the comments below!
Worn: Sugarlips Midi Dress
Worn: Dee Keller Portia style in pearl nude (old)