Post # 1
July 4 2014 is our 10 year anniversary. We are crazy about the idea of getting married that day. BUT the avergae temp is 82°. I am worried our guests will be dying of heat exhaustion but my SO said we’ll buy paper fans and provide the ice cream bar we’ll be doing and have cold drinks and people will be fine. The venue is shaded by mature trees and there’s a covered flagstone area. Do you think it’ll be ok? I’m telling guests to wear light colors like white and ivory, pale pink, whatever they want. I know white is taboo for a wedding but I’m not worried about it. I need to figure this out so we can reserve the venue.
Anyone been to a summer wedding? Did the heat ruin it?
Post # 3
I have been to several summer weddings and they have all been ridiculously, painfully hot. It definitely made the situation less enjoyable.
May I ask why you’re already telling your guests what to wear when you are still 2ish years away? Or did you mean that you WILL tell your guests.
Post # 4
Oh goodness I hope not…because my wedding is 8/17 with what is looking to be an outside ceremony and the average temp is 90 degrees here. Haha.
I think your guests will be fine. Especially with how y’all are trying to accomodate them :).
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
In southern California we live for days like that hahs! With that said though, most of our summer months consist of 90s-100s & it doesn’t sound like something you or your guests are familiar with. If you were a guest to someone else’s wecding with the same conditions as yours, would you be dismayed with that kind of weather?
Post # 6
No we haven’t said anything to guests yet! That’d be overzealous. I need to book the venue this far ahead of time so I really need to figure this out. When the time comes I will tell all the guests to please wear white or light colors if they’d like to because it will be sunny and hot.
The venue I am booking is a beautiful field surrounded by trees with a flagstone patio with flagstone covered stone walls and a nice wooden roof on the whole thing but it’s not enclosed. The venue is free to book because it’s located in a local park. I would costs hundreds to rent it so it’s amazing my town provides this for residents but I want to book it ahead of time because I would hate to miss out especially since our wedding date is set for a holiday.
@CamMaam: Phew! I obviously know other people get married during the summer but for some reason seeing that someone ekse is doing it too makes me feel better. We plan to marry around 4 pm or so so hopefully that’ll help make it cooler.
Post # 7
I would rathre be hot than freezing in the winter… So I would go and posssibley bring one of those battery operated fan thingys (for after the vow ceremony of course!) I would use the quiet paper fans for the ceremony.
Post # 8
@stephanie091512: I live in NH And it gets into the 90s but not too often. It gets quite hot and people still live their lives but we also have cold and cool seasons too. A couple of my guests suggested we get married during the fall when it’s cool and the trees look beautiful because of the foliage but the fall holds no personal significance for us. My SO thinks that’s nuts and we want to stick with the 10 year anniversary thing. We first came up with that idea after our 5th anniversary.
I would be totally fine attending a July wedding. Most of the guests will be in their 20s which I think makes a difference The older guests seem to be most concerned.
Post # 9
82 is perfect!!! I guess I do live in AZ so our average summer temps are about 30 degrees over that, but even so I think 82 is quite comfortable! I assume your wedding won’t be at high noon, so by like 6pm it will probably be 75. Don’t tell them to wear light colors, it will be fine.
Post # 10
The last wedding I went to was outdoors and insanely hot.
It was horrible. We left early.
Post # 11
82 isn’t a big deal. I grew up in TX and then lived in New England for 7 years. New England summers don’t have ANYTHING on TX, so i’d be totally fine if I were your guest!
Post # 12
82 is a nice summer day in New Hampshire for the most part … humidity rarely being a factor in that state (so a lot will depend ON WHERE…. White Mountains, Lake District, Ocean Side, in one of the Cities ?). Maybe you could provide more info… especially for those of us familiar with the various regions.
Post # 13
I just don’t enjoy outside weddings as much in general. The heat. The sun glaring in either your eyes, or your guests’ eyes. If it’s cold or wet… then you’ve got to deal with it being cold and wet. Even if it’s good weather on the day of, if it rained recently the women will have their heels sinking in the mud. I have also been to weddings (and outdoor receptions) where I got eaten by mosquitos and other bugs!
Whatever you do, don’t waste any money on those paper fans!! For some people they actually make it hotter (because they fan themselves too vigorously). Think about it, when’s the last time you were effectively cooled by a paper fan. And do you really want to look out on your wedding day and see everyone in the crowd standing up in their seats and trying to peer around all the arms and elbows that are flapping around.
Post # 14
I just went to the park where the wedding will be (here’s a pic from 2003 during the fall. The stone covered area is to the far right of the pic) and it is only 65 degrees and fully shaded despite being 85° degrees today! I think the guests will be comfortable and the wedding will be great. I love this venue and it’s free for residents of my town! It looks a bit different now bc they have removed the stone fire pit. The field is massive and lined with trees. So gorgeous.
Post # 15
Both the ceremony and reception are outside?
It looks like a lovely venue! However, you should keep in mind that if it is super hot and if there is nowhere air-conditioned for people to go get cooled down, they may leave early. But if you have the ceremony later, like at 5 or 6 PM, then at least it wouldn’t be in the hottest hours of the day.
Post # 16
@LilacViolet: The ceremony will take place around 4 pm in the field which will be shaded at the time. The reception will be under the stone pavilion and around it which seems to always be in the shade after 12 pm. It is much cooler there (like 15-20°) than in the sun and in NH, humidity isn’t a factor. The more I think about it, the more I think it’ll be totally fine. I can’t wait but I have a looong wait ahead of me. I don’t even have my ring yet. We’re having it custom made.
At 8:30 pm the gates are locked so we’d all be trapped at the end of the road near the park. We all have to be gone by that time.