Post # 1
So how do I prevent this??
I am having a ceremony on a beach in July 2014. It’s not till 6pm so it will definitely be cooler – and 9/10 times there’s a great breeze – but my guests are gonna melt, aren’t they?
I have a really high tolerance when it comes to heat. I guess I just wasn’t really thinking that other people might not? I know my FI gets hot kind of quickly, so I’m looking into getting him some sort of icepack to put on his neck that will cool him off but not be seen.
I plan on having water available to everyone prior to the ceremony. I WAS planning on cocktail hour on the pier – but maybe that’s too much time outside? The reception will be in the pier house where there is air conditioning. Should I move cocktail hour into the same place?
Post # 3
@sunkissed19: I HATE the heat. I’d say do as much inside as you can.
Post # 4
@sunkissed19: We got married a few weeks ago on the beach and our reception was on the beach too, we had water for everyone before the ceremony and the reception was under a pavillion type thing with overhead fans. While it was hot, everyone was wearing appropriate clothes (shorts, sundresses, etc.) so they were a lot better off than us, but DH and I were pretty uncomfortable. I think you will be ok, but for the cocktail hour, people might burn if they are just in the sun the whole time.
Post # 5
I would say, make it clear to men that they’re not expected to wear suits and have cold water and lemonade for everyone.
closer to 7 pm it shouldn’t too hot to have a cocktail reception outside
where in the beach?
Post # 6
There will almost always be a nice breeze by the beach.
Besides water, you could have a basket with a few parasols for the use of your guests.
I probably would move the cocktail hour inside. Those guests who want to be outside can always carry a drink out on the pier.
Post # 7
@mamadingdong: Yeah, I think that’s how my FI family is going to react. My side of the family is used to the heat and loves it – so I’m not too worried about them. But FI family is all about AC lol. So I guess we will move cocktail hour inside.
@swisea01: Yeah, I’m going to move the cocktail hour inside. I’m going to where the wedding will be on the 27th (which is a week after our scheduled date for next year) – so I’ll have an idea of how it feels at that time day.
@bebero: We are definitely going for a more casual feel, so I’ll be sure to address that on the invites. I will have plenty of nonalcoholic beverges to keep everyone hydrated during the ceremony. The alcohol will come later! The beach is in the outer banks in NC. I go there every year- there’s always an excellent breeze when we head out for dinner around 6-7 so I’m counting on that.
@julies1949: That’s true – I’m sure the older guests would especially appreciate some shade. I didn’t want to have programs, but maybe I could have programs that double as fans? Or I guess I could just have fans lol.