Is November 1 too late for an outdoor ceremony? In New England??

posted 3 years ago in Connecticut
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Well, I remember having a 65 degree day in Vermont on November 1st when I was in high school (state XC meet, which is why I remember). Many times as a kid I went trick-or-treating in the snow. Last year, of course, there was Hurricane Sandy. Basically, what I’m saying is that it’s New England- it could be anything! But in general, I think there’s a good chance of it being cold. You can look up historical weather data for a date and location here.

Try looking for a historical church- many of those places are non-denominational.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Don’t count on new england weather working for you, chances are, it will not listen!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Yeah, New England is pretty unpredictable. You can see about trying for an outside ceremony, but I would seriously urge you to have a backup plan in case the weather sours.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

In 2011, we had a snowstorm. Whole towns had to cancel Halloween.

sooooo….. If I were you, I’d have the tent as backup. Peace of mind is worth the price tag.

 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ugh, I think it would be uncomfortably cold. More often than not Halloween has always been cold in my experience (and I’ve never lived as far north as where you’re considering. Only in MD and PA). And right on the water? Brrrr. I do think it would be beautiful (is there anything more beautiful than New England in the fall?!) but I don’t think it would be enjoyable 🙁

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

New England weather is so iffy. Even in the summer you can’t count on a warm, sunny day. We’ve had chilly, rainy days in August. We made it a priority for our venue to have a good backup plan in the chance of rain. Our wedding is in April, which can be super dicey. The ideal ceremony is outside, but we needed a place that had good alternatives in case it rains, so I won’t have to worry about it.

November could be nice enough for an outdoor wedding, or it could be snowy. Or even rainy. If I were you, I would want a good backup plan.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It can be very cold on November first. My birthday is on Halloween and I remember it snowing a few times in the past!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Glen Sanders Mansion

I went to a wedding in Martha’s Vineyard in October one year and it was freezing!  Another wedding I attended outside of West Point in NY  in September one year was also chilly, and there was a heated tent (unfortunately the heaters weren’t working, but that’s a totally different story). You should definitely be prepared for the worst.  You can rent a tent with heaters to make sure people are comfortable.  

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We attended an outdoor wedding near Boston last year in late October. It was… chilly, particularly after the sun set. The reception was in a heated tent, which was a good call. With area heaters (and a tent in case the sky is throwing things at you) I think it’s doable. But it will be nervewracking, though, waiting to see what you’re going to get. 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

So hit or miss. If you are set on outdoors I would wait for better weather. (Remember it’s snowed the past two years in the northeast in October). Also don’t forget it gets dark so early. I went to an outdoor wedding in NJ in November and it you couldn’t see them. I know it’s hard to factor in every little thing but I would say decide what’s most important to you!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would worry more about the ridiculously random weather more than the temperature.  Last year on November 9th, I was a bridesmaid for my friend’s wedding in a Boston suburb and I spent quite a while outside in a full length gown, but strapless and I was absolutely fine.  If you are IN the wedding or the bride, you have so much adrenaline that you won’t feel the cold, I assure you.  However, your guests may get a little shivery!  I hope we never have another Halloween snow storm.  That was unreal!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I am going through this same crisis.  I want to be married on Halloween in 2015.  At the Devil’s Hopyard park, not because of it’s name, but because there is a covered bridge there :). My backup plan is still being worked out in my head.  It might be that we just do the ceremony at the reception venue.  Or maybe have the ceremony earlier in the day 2pm ish and reception at 6pm.  Or maybe we rent the non denominational chapel at wesleyan college (although it looks huge and might swallow up my tiny guest list of 80).  See if the chapel is still available for your date maybe.  They appear to have a real organ there and you can hire someone to play it.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I am looking into getting married Nov. 7 in NJ right on the shore and we are planning on using tents with heaters. It is in a court yard and I figure with 120 people in a tent plus heaters everyone will be fine, they are all going to walk straight into the tent so everyone should still be wearing their jackets and I might even keep cocktail outside too, havnt decided yet.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

MSbride2Bee:  You may look into outdoor heating units you can rent.

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