Post # 1
For various reasons (work schedules, cost and many others), my FI and I have made the decision to book a barn wedding in the Hudson Valley in late August. But now I am having second thoughts. The ceremony/cocktail hour will be outside, and the reception will be indoors in a large barn. The ceremony will start later in the day (5:30ish), with the food/festivities immediately following.
Now I know August is hot. But keep in mind that the festivites will be starting later in the evening, not under the mid-day sun… so I’m hoping by ceremony time, the heat will have subsided a little and made the temperature a bit more comfortable. The indoor reception area does not have AC, but does have fans for circulation. I am considering looking into a portable AC unit or two to help with the temp also.
Based on past experience with outdoor Hudson Valley in August – have we made a horrible mistake choosing this date?? 🙁
Post # 3
@Maurasaurus: It can go either way. I think the weather has been so wacky the last few years. No matter what it will be a great time, just make sure to have plenty of cold drinks, and maybe serve a cold treat later in the reception (ice cream)–if the weather is hot, anyways. 🙂
Post # 4
dh and I went on a weekend anniversary trip to the Hudson Valley last August and it was pretty miserable (hot and very, very muggy) when we were not inside with AC…
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I think by late August, with fans, you’d be totally fine!
Post # 6
It can be really hot in August. Since you are having everything in the evening it should be better. Make sure to have lots of ice water and other cold drinks for the guests.
Post # 7
@finnaroo: Eeeeek! Was that all day long, or just mid-day?? Early or late August?
Good point on keeping the cold drinks flowing! I was thinking of also making programs that can double as fans.
I forgot to add that the barn is open to a working winery below (it’s sort of like a loft), so I’m hoping that will also keep it a bit cooler… all “working” areas I’ve been to at wineries are usually pretty darn chilly to keep the wine at the right fermentation temps.
Post # 8
i agree with a pp that it could go either way.. but i think that your venue sounds really nice and it seems like you are doing things to make sure its not unbearable for your guests (later ceremony/reception time, fans, cold drinks, program-fans…etc.}.. it should be fine!! and if that’s what works best for you and your fiance then i say def do it when is best for you two 🙂
Post # 9
I think you will be fine just make sure to have fan avalible for guest as well as shading which can be natural or not. You will have a beautiful wedding.