(Closed) Outdoor vs. Indoor Ceremony

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Jamaica August/September ceremony....
    Indoor, it'll be too hot! : (9 votes)
    29 %
    Outdoor, it's beautiful! : (22 votes)
    71 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    How hot will it be? Will there be a breeze? Is it in the shade? IF there’s a breeze and it’s in the shade, I think an outdoor ceremony should be fine. However, if we are talking like full midday sun, no breeze and no covering, that’ll be tough for anyone, not just the elderly.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    According to the Weather Info / Statistics that I found on-line for Jamaica, August and September are both scorching hot… humid, sticky and muggy (Daily Average Temps are between a LOW of 76 F and a HIGH of 89 F)

    As you’ve noted this is also Hurricane Season… which is WHY the air is so Hot & Humid.  And RAIN is certainly a HUGE consideration as well… thundershowers are likely in the afternoons (you might want to plan your Wedding therefore for earlier in the day when the air is cooler, and rain not as likely)

    Like a great deal of other Caribbean Islands, Jamaica is “tropical” in all sense of that word… including having a rain forest.

    Anyone over the age of 50 has bigger issues processing heat than anyone under 50.  And our bodies are less and less efficient as we age… so someone at 80 has even more issues than someone at 60 (not sure what ages your Guests are… technically “elderly” means those over 80)

    For pure comfort FOR ALL YOUR GUESTS (including yourself if you plan to wear traditional wedding attire…) I’d opt for an Indoor Air-Conditioned venue.

    Hope this helps,

     

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m doing mine outside even though it may be hot, so I say go for it! You just need to plan accordingly! Some things I’m planning to overcome the heat:

    1. I’m having the ceremony start later in the day (around 5) so the sun isn’t super high.
    2. I’m going to have cold water/iced tea/lemonade available immediately when guests get there and for the entire evening.
    3. I’m encouraging people to dress more casually so nobody is dying in a suit.
    4. I’m printing my programs on fans.
    5. And, most importantly, I’m sitting everyone in the shade.

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    If your doing a destiantion wedding you need to do it outside cause the scenery is just so beautiful!! Maybe they have a covered area that shades people from the sun but itsnt completely inside that might be good for the older people and to make it less hot

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @butterflyprincess:  what time will it be?  I am having my ceremony indoors in Phuket but an outdoor cocktail hour (and it will be hot around 80  95 F, or 27 – 36 degree C) by midday but we will have our ceremony at 4pm.  So could you do a later afternoon one? 

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @butterflyprincess:  does inside = AC? I’ve been to Jaimaica in August.  It is HOT, I don’t think the time of day really matters too too much becuase of the humidity (although I would avoid sitting out in noon day sun).  I agree the scenary is very important and if you’re on the water there’s likely to be a nice breeze.  Maybe make sure there is refreshments for people before the ceremony (some local juices would be fun and delicious) to help them cool off.

    Overall I think I’d sacrifice for the heat and do it outside so that I could have amazing pictures and scenary but make sure my guests are comfortable as possible.

    Post # 9
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We had our DW in Montego Bay as well and we had our ceremony outside – it was a half an hour tops and then we moved everyone inside where they would be more comfortable.  I really had wanted to do everything outside but then reality set in and I realized that I didn’t want to sit outside and sweat in my dress!!  There was a pretty good breeze during our ceremony which helped a lot…. But I didn’t have 80 years old guests attending either.  Maybe play it by ear, see how your elderly guests feel when they arrive and then go from there??? At the least you should give out hand fans for the ceremony….

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Maybe you could do something like this?

    Umbrellas and fans?

    I’d do as the other posters said, later in the day… Sun usually sets around 6:30 but you can’t get married after 6 in Jamaica.  So 5-5:30?  

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I hate the heat, so I voted indoor. I’m always bummed to find out a ceremony is outdoors. Sorry, but some of your guests may feel the same way. 

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @JenGirl:  Providing the guests with ice water is SUCH a great idea for a hot outdoor ceremony!  We went to a wedding recently that had an outdoor ceremony in 102 degree weather and the ice water is the only thing that made it tolerable!

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    you could do the butterfly release afte the indoor ceremony outside. i dnt think would go as well inside, they might just flutter against the windows ;-). our wedding venue offers butterfly release for outside after the ceremony which is inside. think its a lovely idea to honor your mum.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    oh lol i just saw you said rice butterflys inside. what are they?

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    oh lol i just saw you said rice butterflys inside. what are they?

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