We will be strolling down a mile-long “aisle” in what could totally be humid 90+ degree F weather in our hiking boots. I'm sure there are other couples who might be planning to skateboard down the aisle or want photos of their partner jumping around in the bounce house at the reception. The possibilities that require sweat maintenance and freedom of movement are endless! How can I still look my best after potentially working up a sweat on my wedding day? – Carli
This is a great question for any bride, really, but especially brides in heavy dresses expecting hot weather, a big hike to the site, or just a whole lot of nerves who want to keep cool on the wedding day. Plus, most of us know the problem of chub rub (thighs rubbing) under a dress. Here are some of our best tips for keeping cool, sweat-free, and most importantly, comfortable in the heat of the day.
Your body can't regulate temperatures well if you're not hydrated. Keep a refillable water bottle with a friend to snag when you're thirsty. Or better yet, ask them to bring it to you regularly so you won't forget.
Avoid chub rub
When you're wearing a long dress (or any skirt!), your thighs are probably rubbing together, causing heat and uncool “chub rub.” Look for Bike shorts, anti-chafing thigh bands, anti-friction bars, Body Glide, anti-chafing powder gels and creams.
Sweat-proof your makeup
Starting out with a good primer, using waterproof products, and finishing with a setting spray are all good basics for keeping your makeup as long-lasting and sweat-proof as possible. You can also ask your makeup artist if they can use airbrush makeup on you, as it's also a longer-lasting option.
Designate someone to hold onto blotting papers and extra makeup for touch-ups. Also ask them to keep an eye on your mug for any makeup running or fall-out.
Keep that hair dry
The easiest option is to just go with an updo when you know you'll likely get your sweat on. But if you're going with your hair down, pack some dry shampoo to freshen up your locks midday. Then ask that designated friend to check to make sure there's no stray white powder in your hair afterwards.
Keep sweat at bay
A handheld portable fan can also cool you down in a pinch.
Amp up your deodorant game
Clinical-strength deodorant could be your friend for the day, especially if you're prone to being extra “glowy” anyway.
Don't worry too much
Worrying about sweating ironically just causes more sweat. If you're sweating, everyone else will be, too, so nobody will think anything of it. Just get all your sweat-free items together in a bag and then let someone else worry about it. You'll be all set to keep cool on the wedding day without stress.
Are you having a hot weather wedding? Any tips you want to add?