Post # 1
Living in Florida, I find it’s a little risky planning an all-outdoor wedding with the unpredictable weather that can occur. We’ve narrowed our photographers down to three, and they all seem to be open for the dates we’re considering. Like any bride (and groom), we’d like the day to be just beautiful but would settle for overcast to keep things cool while still avoiding rain if possible. I’ve checked the Farmer’s Almanac, but I’m still not convinced.
We’re torn between February and April based on time and overall weather. March would be ideal, but it’s not an option for certain reasons from the venue. The dates we’re mainly looking at are February 7 or April 4. Any opinions? I just felt like February was kind of dreary here all month, and April would give us a bit more time to plan, although the temperatures can start rising. Any Florida brides experience either of these months? January may also be an option if our photographers are available.
Why am I having such trouble with the first part of planing? Any and all advice are welcome! Thanks! 🙂
This topic was modified 2 years, 9 months ago by marierose.
Post # 2
I live on the gulf a couple of cities below Tampa, and I will full-heartedly say choose as close to “winter” as possible. It is April 4th and I am currently sweating my ta-tas off and blasting the A/C. February is known for having cloudy or windy days down here, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad thing.
Let me ask you, do you have out of town guests coming down for your wedding? For my FI and I, this played a large part into whether we wanted a fall/winter wedding. Ultimately we ended up with October, though I lost that round, as I wanted February. I didn’t want my guests to come down in July and literally melt during the ceremony. Instead, I wanted to find a time of year where the weather was the most comfortable–and I think February is that month!
Post # 3
marierose: While I am not getting married down here but I live in Orlando Florida and its just be beginning of April and its been hot and humid. For an outside wedding down here I would highly recommend the closer to winter the better.
Post # 4
You can’t predict whether the weather will be rainy, cloudy, or sunny. You can’t know if it’s going to be a heat wave or a cold front. Educated guesses will say it’ll be cooler in February and getting icky in April. Go with what date suits you best – for your vendors, for your memories, and for the ease of planning.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
marierose: Weather in February is usually unrpredictable; hot one day and freezing the next. March is generally a better option even though we had some crazy cold days this year in March, it’s not typical to go below 65 towards the end of the month. Early April is hit or miss because it may be a gorgeous day at 75 degrees or balls hot 90+. It depends on the gamble you want to take. Typically the closer you get to May, the more rain there is.
For my first wedding I chose mid-March and the weather was perfect. For my second wedding we settled on early November, also gorgeous. With the dates you have I would recommend picking April 4 over February 7 for an outdoor wedding. Florida is rainy year round so you should always have a backup plan just in case (it’s heavier during the summer when we get showers every afternoon from May through July).
Post # 6
I got married on April 6 close to the Gulf and it rained all week up to our wedding day, including the day before. I was a mess. Luckily, the day was GORGEOUS. Not too hot, not too cold, sunny and wonderful.
I think all you really can do in Florida, no matter what date you pick, is make sure you have a backup plan. We had an indoor reception venue that was able to be used as ceremony location in the chance that it rained.