Surviving Wedding Season in the South

The days are longer, the birds are chirping, and all of those engagement photos you saw on Instagram last fall are beginning to resurface from the depths of your memory: Wedding season, my friends, is upon us.

While most wedding goers across the country are excited about the open bar that lies ahead, those of us in the south have something additional to consider: Mother Nature. She’s attending the wedding invited or not, and aside from the best man’s toast, she’s the most unpredictable element of the evening. From the steamy shores of Carolina to the sweltering plains of the Mississippi Delta, the only thing you can count on in regards to the weather during wedding season is heat. Rain or shine, you’re going to sweat, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to be as prepared as possible. While you can’t control when a freak wind storm knocks out the AC or when an outdoor wedding happens to fall on the hottest day of the year, you can make preparations to be more comfortable. Here are some suggestions to help you through the season.

Dress for Success

When choosing your summer formalwear, consider clothing made with 37.5 Technology to help keep you cool.

37.5® Technology

Formalwear design has come along way in the last few years in terms of material performance. Your suit and dress options have significantly increased to include pieces that not only look great but keep you comfortable in extreme conditions. Fashion-forward lifestyle brands like JoS. A. Bank, Banana Republic, Tommy Bahama and Kenneth Cole are answering the call with formalwear that features high-performance fabrics to help them realize that goal.

For example, all of these brands use 37.5 Technology to help regulate body temperature and eliminate sweat vapor before it turns into liquid. In other words, apparel that features this technology is infinitely more comfortable in 90-degree heat and 100 percent humidity than your standard two-piece suit or cotton dress. If you’re going to a southern wedding anytime between May through September, sport an ensemble that will keep you cool.

From Mission Workshop, consider the Hayes High Performance Performance Button Up Shirt, a shirt that works both when dressed up or worn casually. Carl Gross offers a performance suit made with 37.5 Technology, which works great for weddings and other times you need to dress up during the summer. For men, keeping the jacket unbuttoned will help the heat escape and keep you cooler as well.

Come Prepared

There are a few items to have on hand and precautionary measures to take prior to game time. Is the wedding outside? If so, wax those leather shoes and bring an umbrella. It doesn’t matter if your weather app says zero percent chance of rain, when it’s hot and humid you can always expect a storm. Drink plenty of water before the service, and continue once the reception starts.

For indoor weddings, a pocket-sized, silent, hand-held fan will be your saving grace in a well-insulated room filled with hot, sweaty wedding guests. If that’s not an option, hold onto that wedding program and use it to fan yourself. Bring a handkerchief along to help manage that perspiration.

Finally, if you know it’s going to pour, bring some back-up threads. Don’t be the guest that changes wardrobe after getting rained on a little bit. Only resort to this extreme measure in case of a true emergency, like slipping in mud or getting drenched after you help move the ceremony inside during a thunderstorm.

Practice Proper Etiquette

Hot weather shouldn’t keep you from having a good time at a summer wedding.

Kats Weil

Be a good soldier. No matter how gnarly the weather becomes, never, ever leave your post. This is an important occasion, and you certainly do not want to miss out on any memories due to poor preparation on your part. No matter how dire the straits may seem to you, your situation is not as uncomfortable as the bride and groom. If you simply plan ahead by following the aforementioned advice, you’ll have nothing to worry about.

Once the ceremony concludes, it’s time to cut loose. Your job as a wedding guest is to bring the party and maintain a positive vibe no matter the circumstances. While you may have taken the necessary steps to avoid disaster, rest assured there will be a few rookies who let the elements get the best of them. Bring these fallen comrades a drink, get them on to the dance floor, and do what it takes to pick up their spirits.

If you equip yourself with the proper knowledge and tools, there’s no wedding that you can’t handle.

Written by Logan Waddell for Matcha in partnership with 37.5 and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to

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