(Closed) Is April a month to have an OUTSIDE wedding? Orange County, CA

posted 7 years ago in Orange County, California
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Did you check weather.com for average rainfall?

I think April usually gets a lot of rain.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Hmm…I’d definitely at least plan for lots of space heaters.  Or have it in Palm Springs 🙂

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I think you’d be better in May-June for an outdoor wedding, April can be pretty unpredictable.  In the past couple years it has been both bad and good weather in April.  What about an outdoor ceremony (with an indoor backup) and an indoor reception?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I agree! We are having ours in September to avoid the unpredictable rain in the spring. Regardless of the time of year you should have a rain plan that you will be okay with in case it does rain. My wedding coordinator addressed this right at the beginning of the planning. She helped a lot with coming up with a rain plan and told me to prepare for it now so that I wont be devastated if it does rain. Im in the mindset (thanks to her) that it will suck if it can’t be outside but it still wont stop the day from being great. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i think it’s always going to be unpredictable any month. we had our wedding outside in fl in feb. luckily it didn’t rain that day and instead poured the day before, and we knew we had a chance of it being cold, but i never thought it would be as cold as it was. i think it’s worth a shot though, just make sure you have a plan b.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

It can go either way. We had an outdoor wedding just north of OC in March and it was HOT.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I went to a outdoor wedding on April 2nd this year in La Jolla and it was bright and sunshiney and beautiful . . . and then the sun set and it was FAH-REEZING!  The heat lamps didn’t do anything because the wedding was at the beach so the winds just blew the warmth away.  The wedding was at a hotel and lots of guests left to go to their rooms and change into warmer clothes.  I was fine (thanks to the alcohol and a cashmere pashmina) but in lots of her pictures people are in sweatshirts and other clothes that you wouldn’t exactly wear to a wedding.  So if that is something that would bother you, I’d say try for May or June.

Oh, and two days after her wedding, it poured.  So we are definitely still in the rainy season in April here in So Cal.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - Anthony’s Fine Dining

Ours is in April (in Georgia though)…we just made sure our venue had a back-up plan in case it’s cold or rainy.  If you haven’t chosen a venue yet, I would look into indoor-outdoor places that allow for flexibility just in case.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it’s hit or miss in April.  If you’re thinking of a wedding by the ocean, then it’s probably going to be much colder than something more inland.  Check weather.com… you can check by city and date and see the averages.  🙂

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  • Wedding: June 2011

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Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Been to a couple of late-April outdoor weddings in Orange County. Was a nice mix of sunshine without the blaze.

Post # 15
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Newbee

@futureVioCor– I shot 4 weddings this past April in Southern California and not one of them had rain!  One was a bit cloudy (1st weekend in April), but no rain.  I don’t know if that’s “normal” for Southern California- but you just can’t beat the natural outdoor light in Southern California!

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