Help!!! Outdoor ceremony in mid October — too cold?

posted 2 years ago in Boston
Post # 3
4587 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My wedding is October 17, and I’m the upper midwest where the weather is ALWAYS unpreditcable – no matter the season. Heck, todays high is in the 80’s (way above average) and next week it’s supposed to be back in the 60’s.

My ceremony is also outside, although we do have a back-up plan in case of bad weather – which is mainly rain or extreme cold. Ours will be at 3:30 n the afternoon, which usually is the warmest time of the day… but we’re also doing pictures outside starting from 12:30 and on.

I am planning on letting my girls bring coats with them, so they can wear them while they’re standing around between pictures. I will also probably have a jacket with me, or some sort of scarf that I can put around my shoulders. My dress is a v-neck with a lace illusion back… so I am pretty covered. The girls… they’re in strapless chiffon dresses.

Our guests will just have to dress appropriately, which is fine if they wear jackets to keep warm. Our ceremony will be 10 minutes, so not horrible. I’m crossing my fingers for a nice 60-degree day!!

Post # 4
2338 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

God i would hate that. In the evening, when it’s cold. I would be quite mad. But I don’t like cold (im Canadian and live in ND, so I know cold. And that to me would be no a lot of fun)

Keep your ceremony as short as possible, tell everyone to bring jackets and be prepared to hear “Were there no indoors venues available?!” 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  cirk.
Post # 5
1528 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was in a wedding Columbus day weekend in MA A few years ago and the weather was gorgeous! high 60s- low 70s And sunny. I would have some pashminas available if it looks like it will be in the lower end of that range. But honestly, people will be fine. You probably don’t need heat lamps unless your ceremony is longer than normal. I inquired about heat lamps when I was considering a may wedding and was quoted $300, FYI. 

Post # 6
2791 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

If the sun is shining 63 will probably be fine.

If it’s colder, you could look into renting patio heaters It looks like this place does 1 for $45/day

I’d have your bridesmaids be prepaired with coordinating cardigans.  Your guests should be fine as long as you told them it’d be an outdoor ceremony. Make sure things run on schedule if it’s chilly!!! 

Post # 7
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

shlobin:  If you make sure your guests KNOW it’s outdoors they should dress appropriately.  If it’s a super cold day collect blankets from family members and throw them over the ceremony chairs.  I once attended a mid-October ceremony that I didn’t know was outdoors… I was so pissed!  The ceremony was NOT short either!

Post # 8
1622 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

I am late October and we’re planning an outdoor ceremony on the beach in NJ.  Yikes I hope it’s not terribly cold. So far I have a cardigan lined up and I think your girls would do well with a cardigan or sweater. I also saw these cover ups on Etsy and they look fabulously warm and gorgeous. 

Post # 9
3512 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I agree with PPs. Make sure all of your guests know that the ceremony will be outside and that they should dress appropriatly. For your bridesmaids, I would definitely coordinate some sort of covering, cardigans, shawls, whatever, in case it is too cold for them. I know I would be pretty uncomfortable if it was in the 60s and I was wearing a sleeveless gown, but I hate cold, that’s why I left New England for Florida!

I don’t think you need heat lamps, they don’t have a huge range, so you’d end up with some guests roasting and others still cold, I think that appropriate clothing will be fine.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  SithLady.
Post # 10
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

As an October bride who planned an outdoor ceremony, I made sure my guests were aware that it was outside and for them to dress so they would be comfortable.  It ended up being mid-50s and gray/sprinkles. (We had to move the ceremony under a covered porch.)  I had a wrap that I put on between photos.  As long as the ceremony isn’t a hour long, you should be fine if it is sunny.

Post # 11
716 posts
Busy bee

Exactly, it’s a matter of chance.  It could be lovely and it could be uncomfortable.

I understand the beauty of an outdoor ceremony, just like I understand the beauty of other things, like winter weddings, for example, but in both cases you are taking risks that you could easily avoid, in your case, with an indoor ceremony.

I agree with cirk, just be prepared that some people just plain won’t like it.  Otherwise though, heat lamps and other extraordinary measures are probably unnecessary.

Post # 12
1869 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I was married last year on oct 5 in the berkshires and it was totally fine – since the ceremony was at 4 pm the sun was out and it was really nice actually. But I like being warmed by the sun but having cooler air so you aren’t hot and sweating.

I would definitely get something for my girls (BM/MOH) because if its chilly I rather they have something that matches than just any old shawl but for the guests I think that if you just spread the word that its outside and bring something people are generally smart enough. Also is the entire night outside? like reception too? I did buy dozens of pashminas as “gifts” for the ladies (only $3 each in the end buying bulk in NYC) and to be honest more people used them inside because of the air conditioning than outside for the ceremony. (for the record our high was 68 which was just about 3pm and low was 58 which was “high” for that time of year and the wind was only 1 mph which really helped)

The reality of it is that until that day you won’t really know because depending on the sun, wind etc 60 can be cold or really nice, and (not to add to your fears but) the temp could actually be 80 or 40 it just depends 60 is just the average

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