How was your outdoor ceremony?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2962 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Since I was 15 I wanted an outdoor wedding in April (not too hot not too cold for TX) and to take pics in the sunset. I did some research on and looked at all the months in the year and studied their percipitation charts and saw that it was least expected to rain in April (June was our wettest month). Then I went to to see when the sun was going to set on my wedding date. My sunset was scheduled to set at 7:45 pm. I set our wedding time to start at 6pm.

Post # 4
980 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our issue was a heat wave.  I researched the weather in the area, and 70 and overcast was normal.  We got 90 and humid, full sun.  So we got a canopy to give guests shade, but couldn’t have an aisle down the middle as that wouldn’t fit, so we did our aisle up the side.  We also handed out fans with our programs.  It had rained a lot around that time, so I guess we should just be glad that it was dry.  We had to move our dancing outside since there wasn’t AC, and had to have bug spray on hand.  I hope you’ll be okay in September though!

Post # 5
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

My parents had an outdoor ceremony planned and were rained out. Luckily they knew this was possible and had chosen a country club w/ alternate indoor space on purpose as a backup.

I recently went to an outdoor summer wedding where everybody was POURING sweat, it was disgusting. The bride didn’t seem to care, but everybody else definitely did, it was so hot that her elderly mother in a wheelchair had to leave halfway through the ceremony because she couldn’t handle the heat and go wait inside. All guests have sunglasses on in pictures, and the seats were mostly empty because many people chose to stand in a little sliver of shade off to the side rather than sit in their seats.

I also have a friend who had an outdoor wedding where people were freezing. 

I personally hate the outdoors in general and didn’t even consider an outdoor wedding, but that’s just me. I guess if you get lucky w/ weather, they can be pretty. Definitely not worth the risk to me, I prefer beautiful architecture to landscapes anyway. If you’re very into landscapes and nature, I guess it could be worth risking it. I’m a control freak though and would never want to add any other aspect that could possibly go wrong.

Post # 6
10906 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I was married outside and loved it. However, it was unusually hot that day.  Temperatures normally had been in the mid-to-upper 70s on that date (I actually looked through 20 years’ worth of data before I chose my date.) However, it was 96 degrees on my wedding day.

I ended up being fine, but I think my DH and his groomsmen — all of whom were decked out in black tuxedos with tails, and white tie — did not enjoy standing in the bright sunshine for most of our 6 p.m. ceremony (and earlier in the afternoon for photographs.)

Still, it was a beautiful day, and I love my ceremony pictures. 🙂

Post # 7
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We were married outside.  The only person who complained was my mother-in-law.  She also made my father-in-law take a seat in the shade, so he ended up sitting in my grandmother’s seat, and she ended up in the second row on HIS side (I am a little upset about this).  But otherwise, it was fine.  It was about 80 degrees in the full sun, and humid, though.

If you can put up citronella candles to keep away bugs, you should be fine, and make sure you have a rain plan!

Post # 8
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We got lucky with the weather for our outdoor ceremony.  We also got married in September, and it was 75 degrees with a light breeze.  Gorgeous day.  However, we made sure to choose a venue with a good rain backup plan just in case.  I had also always envisioned myself getting married outside and I am so glad I took the chance and did it.  I think I would have been slightly disappointed to wake up that morning with such gorgeous weather if I had settled for an indoor ceremony location just to be safe.  You can also have a lot of fun with umbrellas, rainboots, music lyrics, etc to embrace rain if it happens.  I had some backup plans I was actually pretty excited about and didn’t get to use.  I wish I could have done both!

Post # 10
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@bellaboo79:  Haha, I’ll warn you everyone I know laughed at me for having these.  My backup plans were:

 I found 5 umbrellas at target in that perfectly matched the bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen tuxes (champagne/light gold) for the 5 bridesmaids/5 groomsmen and a white one for me and DH to use in some fun wedding photos. 

I borrowed rainboots from my friends so I would have enough for each of the bridesmaids for another photo op.

I actually had 2 possible songs for us to be introduced to at the reception.  The 2nd option was to be used if we got rained out, “Umbrella”.  When I told the DJ this he cracked up and said he never met a bride with different music choices based on the weather 😛

Probably my favorite backup plan was my mom and I printed little cards on cardstock that said “A wet knot is stronger than a dry one” and included information about the background of the true lover’s knot's_knot  We also got twine in two of our wedding colors (brown and ivory) to represent myself and DH and tied them in the knot and to the cardstock to represent our union.

Our venue had a large ballroom that was actually 3 rooms that could be made into one large one.  So the backup plan for the ceremony was to use one of the rooms on its own as the ceremony location and the other 2 for the reception since we were having a smaller guestlist and only needed the 2 rooms for our reception anyway that room wasn’t going to be used otherwise.  However, the outdoor ceremony location was on a deck that was built on top of a waterfall overlooking the golf course and river in the background.  So missing out on that would have been very sad, but at least there was an option if it rained.  A lot of other venues we looked at were more historic venues and had 0 indoor options, the only rain backup plan was to have a tent and try not to get muddy so that wasn’t happening!



Hope these help!  If you google rain wedding photos you can find some really cute ideas using the props I mentioned and the stormy clouds can sometimes make for amazing shots as well.




Post # 11
919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Was married outside in October of 2011.


It was the very best part of my wedding.  So pretty – between two ponds at a winery – we got married under a big wooden pergola type thing.  We had a two person band and wine barrells on either side of the pergola.  Bugs were not an issue – my dad went the day prior and sprayed the area with the outdoor bug spray and did it again the morning of.  The ground wasnt wet so heels didnt sink….


Jsut perfect!  I wouldnt have been bothered if they moved it inside though – the indoor spot they do it was pretty too. Just happens sometimes! 

Post # 12
3394 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@bellaboo79:  I got married in a gazebo on the edge of a lake. It was lovely…for me. My guests, uh, sorry? I didn’t even think about the white chairs getting hot, but it was July, 2 in the afternoon and those chairs had been sitting there since 10am. Whoops. I also didn’t think about the position of the sun at that time of day, which was kind of pointing right at my guests.

Another big deal is having back-up plans. I did not and I was just VERY lucky. There was no shelter in the park I got married in other than the bathrooms. You never know what mother nature has in store. 

But outdoor weddings are lovely and my favorite kind of wedding. 🙂

Post # 14
2124 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We had our ceremony outside in an apple orchard and our cocktail hour in the gardens/patio. It was overcast and 70 something degrees. There was a little bit of a breeze but no rain. We were incredibly lucky because the morning of the wedding it poured. I wanted to cry. But somehow it never rained where our wedding was being held. We live about an hour away from our venue. We were so fortunate and we had a beautiful day.


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