Post # 1
So my fiance and I are having an outdoor wedding in Austin, TX. We are looking at 2 dates. September 9 and Oct 21, 2012. The problem is, the entire thing will be outside and I want to hear from others if you think its safer to go earlier in September and risk heat or later in October and risk cold. The wedding will start at 5:30 which means the sun is almost down and the entire reception will be at night. There is also an indoor area where the cake, photobooth and candy table will be. Guests can go inside for part of the night as well.
Our venue goes up $700 after September. I do not mind paying the extra fee for the Oct. 21 date if everyone thinks early September will be too hot. if it will be a better temp. However, I can’t imagine paying more and it being just too cold to enjoy. Which date do you think will beat the rain better also?
Post # 3
I would say go for the later date. We’re doing all outdoors in southern california and picked March instead of May or June figuring it would be colder and didn’t want to risk it being 100 degrees outside. We don’t want our guests to leave because it’s uncomfortably hot. If it’s cold, people can put on jackets and we’re renting heaters.
Post # 4
I’m thinking the later date also. Your guests can always wear extra layers, you could provide blankets, or even firepits for warming.
Post # 5
Another factor: what will the humidity be like? Not just temps. I’d go with October, you don’t want to be over heated in your dress.
Post # 6
September, since it will be an evening wedding and the sun will be less intense.
Post # 8
The almanac says next September will be cooler than normal – so go for it!
Post # 9
Well I am not a TX bride but I wrestled with the same thing between October & September (but my venue actually goes DOWN in price after September) but when I did some soul searching I realized its more important to me to be WARM and drink cold drinks than be COLD and wish I could just cuddle into a blanket instead of drinking and dancing the night away…
My vote is for September 9th ~ Yes people might be warm but you’ll have plenty of cold drinks and the sun will be down so it can’t be that bad and it will be a great party! If they can’t handle the heat, they can chill inside with the dessert table but I think the beauty of an outdoor venue would be wasted if everyone was inside all the time…
Hope I helped! 😉
Post # 10
I’d go with October. It can still be pretty brutally hot in September in Texas. My sister was married in September and it was something like 95-100 degrees out that day. Actually, all the outdoor weddings I’ve been to have been in either April or October and they’ve always been lovely.
Post # 11
I’m planning our wedding in Charleston, SC and went through a similar dilemma for a Spring wedding- either early April or late May. I’m like you and dread the thought of being cold on my wedding day. I absolutely hate being cold! That being said, EVERY SINGLE ONE of the vendors and even my wedding planner who has come to know me pretty well, suggested going for the cooler temps of early April. You’re wearing a LONG white dress so even worst case scenario, you won’t freeze. Besides, the last thing you want is a melted cake and pictures of you looking all sweaty on the dancefloor! If Oct happens to be a little cooler, it will feel refreshing after running around, taking pictures, and talking with everyone. If you have a tent, it will keep some of the body heat from your guests centralized in your reception area which will also add a couple degrees. Bugs aren’t as bad when it’s cooler either, which is always a consideration for warmer months! Good luck with your planning!
Post # 12
Thanks for all thearray help! We ended up going with November 4, 2012. It is late in the tar but by the time I made up my mind, the October date had been booked! It has been a warm winter so hopefully November will be beautiful!
Post # 13
Thanks for all the help! We ended up going with November 4, 2012. It is late in the year but by the time I made up my mind, the October date had been booked! It has been a warm winter so hopefully November will be beautiful!