7 Ways to Beat the Heat During a Summer Wedding Photo Shoot

Warm summer months in Canada are perfect for weddings, offering beautiful weather and stunning backdrops. However, the heat can be challenging during outdoor ceremonies or photo sessions. To ensure you remain comfortable and enjoy every moment of your big day, here are seven effective tips from our team of wedding photographers to beat the heat during your summer wedding.

Stay Hydrated

Keeping hydrated is crucial, especially when you’re outdoors in a gown or suit under the sun. Ensure there are plenty of cool drinks available for you, your partner, and your wedding party. Consider setting up a hydration station with water and refreshing beverages. If your photo locations are remote, bring along snacks to maintain energy levels throughout the day.

Ice Packs

Discreetly using ice packs can provide a significant cooling effect. Tuck them inside suit jackets or even under the bride’s dress to help stay cool without affecting your appearance. Ice packs are especially useful during prolonged photo sessions and can last for a few hours.


Fans are a fantastic way to cool down and can also add a stylistic element to your photos. Portable electric fans are great for a quick breeze between shots, and decorative hand fans can double as both cooling devices and photo props. They’re especially useful during the ceremony or while waiting for different photo setups.


Umbrellas don’t just keep the rain off you – they can also protect you from harsh sun rays. This is a great way to not only stay in the shade but also to prevent any sunburns. We recommend couples incorporate some sunscreen if they’re planning on a summer wedding shoot, but an umbrella provides an extra layer of sun protection. If you opt for a decorative parasol, it can even be used in the photos!


Towels & Deodorant

Despite all efforts to stay cool, some sweating is inevitable. Pack towels or have handkerchiefs handy for quick dabbing between photos. Opt for deodorant that withstands heat, and consider light, breathable fabrics for your wedding attire to help mitigate perspiration. Handkerchiefs work well too and can make a great practical groomsmen gift.


We don’t throw shade, we just encourage you to stay in it! Whenever possible, utilize natural shade or create shaded areas with tents or canopies for guests and during photo shoots. Staying out of direct sunlight can dramatically reduce heat exposure and provide relief during the hottest parts of the day.

Waterproof Makeup

For brides, waterproof makeup is essential to withstand the heat. Ensure your makeup artist uses products that will resist sweat and tears. Incorporating an SPF into your makeup routine can also protect your skin from sun exposure throughout the day.

A summer wedding in Toronto can be a magical experience, but it’s important to plan for the heat. These tips will help you stay cool, look your best, and enjoy your special day to the fullest.

Planning a summer wedding in Toronto? Contact us at AGI Studio to ensure your wedding photos capture the joy and beauty of your celebration, no matter the temperature.

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