Summer Wedding Tips From Loulie Walker

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The New York City event planner is dishing on how to get hitched in the heat

• Seasonal summer cuisine. Create a summer wedding menu of lighter fare featuring the best summer has to offer such as fresh and local fish, vegetables, and fruit.

• Palettes should reflect the couple and the backdrop. They can be bold and bright with turquoise blue and peony pink or soft and romantic with whites and pale greens. Introducing furniture vignettes gives guests a spot to retreat and chat when not dancing. Candlelight, whether from tabletop tapers or suspended votives, enhances any outdoor setting with a natural glow.

• Music should complement the setting. For an outdoor ceremony, music without amplification is most natural, whether a classical ensemble or jazz trio; for a band or DJ at dinner, be sure to confirm the power requirements and if there is a local noise ordinance that must be observed.

• Don’t forget your little guests! Offer shade at an outdoor ceremony with large canvas umbrellas covering children’s chairs; keep them entertained by offering a child-sized picnic table covered with craft paper and crayons at the cocktail hour. At the Colorado ranch wedding Loulie Walker planned, young guests discovered a "decorate your own birdhouse" activity table during cocktails.