HELP! Is May too hot for an outdoor Florida wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
3643 posts
Sugar bee



I went to an wedding, in Tallahassee, a few years ago. The ceremony was outside at 5:30, maybe October 10th? The sun was in our eyes, and the people waiting started to melt. It was blazing hot. And, oddly enough, the small buffet, put out during the cocktail hour, was outside, too.  Do they have tents and fans, for the outdoor portion. (You might be uncomfortable during the outdoor photos, too?)


Post # 4
6048 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

We had our wedding in March in mid-florida and it was HOT.  My reception was inside/outside and it was hot.  My cousin had an outdoor wedding in Jacksonville in March and it was HOT too.  I can’t imagine May being comfortable.  Oh both weddings were at night too. 

Post # 5
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@FutureLadyL:  Since it’s on the water it shouldn’t be too bad but I would highly recommend providing water and fans for guests to use during the ceremony.  But making guests stay outside for the ceremony and reception would be too much for most people, especially if they aren’t used to the Florida heat.  Finally, make sure you have a backup plan because starting in mid to late May we get afternoon tunderstorms pretty much every day.

Post # 6
3833 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@FutureLadyL:   Since the venue is on the water, you might be ok – there tends to be a nice breeze off the water even on hot days.  Will there be shade? Will it be a long ceremony? 

Post # 11
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Start your ceremony later in the day and you should be fine.

I just attended a Miami wedding the week before TThanksgiving and it was hot and humid


Post # 12
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@FutureLadyL:  We did an outdoor ceremony and reception on the beach in November in Florida and the weather was perfect.  We had no trouble convincing our friends/family to travel from colder locales for the upper 70s in Florida.

Post # 13
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We got married in KY on September 1 and it was a low of 68 and a high of 85 (about 5 degrees higher than average). It was rather warm. But we did a bunch of things to try to keep things under control. Most important, everything (the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception) was in the shade – shade is super important! We also provided cold drinks right when people arrived and all night long. We made our programs into hand fans. And we encouraged casual dress which is typically cooler than formal dress. It wasn’t ideal but it worked out fine. I drank lots of water to keep hydrated. I was worried people would leave or not dance since it was so warm but the dance floor was packed all night long! Seriously. Should have gone with a bigger dance floor. 

Post # 14
3202 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Hmm, so I’m from Florida, and I honestly think you’ll be fine IF the reception is at night. So the ceremony will probably be hot as hell, and you DEFINITELY want a rain backup, but then you’ll go inside for a nice air-conditioned dinner and then you’ll pop back outside for a lovely May evening on the water–it won’t be too hot at all, IMO. People can sit through a hot ceremony if it’s not too long. We went to an October wedding in Ohio with an outdoor ceremony, and it was like 90 degrees. No one died, lol.

FWIW, I got married in Florida in January. The day before my wedding it was 79 and sunny and clear and perfect. The day of my wedding it was 50, windy, and miserable. It was still a wonderful day!

Post # 16
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@FutureLadyL:  I have to be honest with you. I’ve lived in Florida my whole life. I’ve been to ONE outdoor wedding and it was absolutely horrid. anytime other than maybe December/January is terrible. Maybe you can find a place for the ceremony outdoors (if it’s short) and the reception indoors?   

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