Ask the Experts: How Can Guests Keep Comfortable in Extreme Heat?

Q: The weatherman forecasts blue skies for our outdoor wedding—but the mercury is expected to hit 105 degrees. How can we keep our guests comfortable?

A: If your venue doesn’t provide outdoor cooling units, a rental agency can supply fans and a generator, if needed, says Tuesdi Kelly, owner of Soirée, Etc. in Wilmington.

Instruct the wait staff to replenish water glasses constantly. It’s also a good idea to put away the brown goods at the bar and stick to light cocktails and spritzers. “If you drink a hard liquor like Scotch, you automatically get hot,” says Kelly. “It’s better to bring in a daiquiri machine.”