Post # 1
Seems like a weird question, but my reception is in a barn with no temperature control.
Of course, we looked at the place on a warm, September day and it didn’t even occur to me. But we’ve had one of the coldest winters to my memory this year in NJ, and I’m starting to worry about my November 7th wedding. It’s a crap shoot for that time of year – it could be 60 or 20 degrees.
Has anyone encountered this before? What are my options? I know those big blowers can be used, but they are uuuuu-gly!
Post # 3
Yes, our reception venue has heating & AC.. it was pretty much a must have for us!
Those big blowers aren’t too bad because you can normally shove them under a table or in a corner or something.
Your other options could be electric fireplaces [you might need a bunch but the smaller ones run around $100 each], or you could get the tabletop propane type heaters, or the big stand up taller ones .
Post # 4
Our venue is a historic mansion without AC, which may be a problem for us and our August wedding. In general, the house is so large that it stays pretty close to room temperature on its own, and the coordinator indicated that in summer they can open up all the windows for a wonderful cross-breeze, but I’m worried about the downstairs, closed-up basement that we’ll be using for the dance floor. I’m thinking we may be able to bring in a portable air conditioner just for that floor, to help it stay cooler.
Post # 5
Our reception does- we are getting married in the middle of summer in the Chicago area so t will be hotter than blazes. AC was at the top of my questions list for venues.
I would DEFINITELY look into heating. Even 60 isn’t all the comfortable for large amounts of time. Get some electric fireplaces, propane heaters, or at least a bunch of space heaters. People aren’t going to stay at the reception long if it is uncomfortable.
Post # 6
Yep, both. I wouldn’t have considered a venue that didn’t have climate control ability. We are getting married in the winter so a/c doesn’t matter (heat obviously does but this is Canada so everything has heat), but it sure would in the summer.
Post # 7
I attended a barn wedding in October in upstate NY. It was freezing, so guests just wore their coats all night and kept their beer jackets on. The barn protected from the wind so it wasnt bad at all.
Alternately I went to an outdoor wedding/reception when it was 110 out. It was miserable, the cake melted, everyone was miserable at what was otherwise a lovely wedding.
I’d rather be cold that hot – some of those heat lamps aren’t too ugly though, like bars use. http://www.plowhearth.com/plow_assets/images/shop/catalog/12607x.jpg
Not sure you could use them inside the barn though? What does the venue suggest if anything?
Post # 8
Our venue has no AC! It was a gorgeous venue that could be rented for a steal with no restrictions, though, so my June wedding dreams changed to March wedding dreams pretty fast!
Sometimes Oklahoma March can be hot, but after this past winter I am way more worried about a blizzard.
Post # 9
@BurlapnLace: I had a barn wedding, but it was in June. Usually it’s not that hot around here in June, but lucky us we had a heat wave that weekend. That and it was black fly season… Meh, honestly people were hot and swatting bugs, but they knew where it was and what time of the year it was so they dressed lightly and had bug spray (we also provided it).
People can dress for it. But maybe offer a nice warm drink like hot chocolate or coffees or something. That could be nice too.