9 ways to keep you cool when the summer heat is on

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There's no stopping a bride from having a summer wedding. Even in the South's extreme–blazing temperatures, sticky humidity– summer heat. Here are nine tried-and-true ways to beat the heat before, during, and after the wedding ceremony.

1. Dress for the temperature
Even if you look great in that navy blue sheath dress, the dark fabric and restricted cut will make you feel much hotter. Opt for a loose-fitting, pastel (never white!) blend of cotton, linen, rayon, silk, or chiffon. For men, try seersucker.

2. Beware the "makeup melt"
Less you want to look like a Jackson Pollock, avoid liquid foundation, liquid eyeliner, and liquid blush. Anything powder-based is your best friend, along with waterproof mascara, and finishing spray.

3. Upgrade to an updo
It may be tempting to let your hair down, but we beg you to reconsider. If you don't want your entire head of hair weighing on your shoulders, try an elegant updo. You'll look as classy as you feel cool.

4. Avoid sliding through your sandals
Consider this a warning: While we love the idea of sandals, your toes will likely slide right through that pair of one-strap wedges before you're ready to hit the dance floor. Instead, try a pair of gladiators or thong straps that provide high-toe-security.

5. Skip the caffeine
As much as we love our morning cup of coffee, make sure that you start your day with water—and keep hydrating.

6. Pack the essentials
Pack baby powder, peppermint spray, and deodorant wipes. Use baby powder under your arms when you're fresh out of the shower, and sprinkle it sparingly throughout the wedding to absorb moisture and odor. The effects of peppermint spray work cooling wonders—as it evaporates from your skin, so will the heat. As for the deodorant wipes? It's good to know you have them when you need them.

7. Check your chair
Before you sit down during an outdoor ceremony, look down. A metal chair has the potential to burn the bum. Place a shawl down first, or adjust your dress accordingly.

8. Always keep a glass in hand
Good excuse, right? A strategically held iced drink can actually lower your body temperature. The pulse points on your inner wrists are close to your skin's surface, so the blood vessels cool quickly when ice is applied directly to them. The cooled blood then circulates through your entire body and lowers your temperature. So order your cocktail served over ice, and avoid those tepid drinks, like red wine.

9. Don't stuff yourself
Although it may be tempting to devour the Southern spread at a wedding, try to imagine how you'll feel after chowing down too much smoked barbecue, hot cornbread, and steaming mashed potatoes in 90 degree weather. Rather, choose to graze over the raw bar or fruit and veggie table.