Post # 1
Ok ladies… my wedding is scheduled for July 30th. I have ALWAYS wanted an outdoor wedding but my fiance & I found an amazing rustic old antique building to do our ceremony. We planned on doing our reception there after. I just recently went ot a bridal show & a florist had done a wedding at our venue & said she had done 1/2 the reception inside & half outside on the lawn. My future inlaws are having HUGE problems with the fact our venue only hold 200 people and if we use the lawn we could have a few more people yet my fiance doesnt wanna be in the heat? I think itd be fun and pretty…. what do you guys think? WAY too hot or AC is available so its ok?
Post # 3
Where are you located? Some places aren’t too horrible in July.
Post # 5
We have no AC for an outdoor wedding in July. We’ve hat insane humid gross days in that time, and I can also remember having the woodstove on at the cottage, total gamble for us -but for the venue, totally worth it!
Is the indoor space open concept to the outdoor space? I wouldn’t want two separate areas…
Post # 6
i don’t know about indiana summers, but as long as you minimize the time you’re outside you should be okay. you can make your programs into fans and provide cold beverages like lemonade.
my venue had the option of renting a clear tent with AC, but it runs around $7k.
Post # 7
my Venue is an OLD grain mill from the 1800’s and has been redone… but has air… I think I am going to set tables up indoors & outdoors so those that want to escape the crowd & music could go out onto the lawn for a retreat! Since it is the same location for the ceremony as reception we are having guest walk outside during the switch and are filling a couple large old metal washtubs with ice & “summer like” glass bottle beverages such as Coke, lemonade, Rootbeer, Cream Soda etc. Here is a pic of my location, you cant see the front lawn in this photo… it is in the fenced in region but its GORGEOUS!
Post # 8
Oh, this is lovely! I love the idea of the wash tub of cool beverages in glass bottles. A nice touch.
Once you offer people two places to sit, tey will make a choice and soon you will find all the men outside. I would not set up tables outside. Those who want to go out, know the way, but you shoulnd’t encourage it. The party is inside.
My opinion is to keep the fuss to a minimum. Having a crew change over from wedding service to reception means moving tables. Where are these tables being stored? In the same room as the service? Behind a petition?
I would ask the venue what their suggestion would be and weigh your options. I’m sure you are not the first bride to get married and have the reception there.
My gut would be to consider having the service ‘someplace’ down the road a piece and leave the reception to the Old MIll. If this is in a small town, there has to be someplace avaialble.
Please write back. I’m interested in knowing how you solved this.
Post # 9
We are going to meet with the director of th facility this weekend. They do a ceremony/reception switch frequently there…. theyve added an elevator into the facility (it looks more like a stone fireplace with a door) and theyve created a place the tables are stored (folded down) behind that elevator that NO ONE would suspect! She had to physically show me where they were hid. It takes them 12 minutes to do the switch…. I’m definetly having the wash tub with soda on the lawn since everyone will have to step out onto the lawn while they switch, and as we walk out so they can throw the rice *or whatever we decide* and we can visit for a moment with our guest before the reception…. so I may set a table or 2 on the lawn for the older guest that want to come out and see us leaving and having a picture or two taken but can’t stand long enough?! I’ll update once I speak with the lady this Sunday and do another walk through… hopefully I’ll have some photo’s of the inside because words DO NOT do the inside justice! Its beautiful!
Post # 10
That’s great and the switch is their problem and it sounds like they know what they’re doing. Ask what plan B is in case of rain. Where do the guests go then?
Yes, a few tables for the older people would be nice. What about the area right outside the door where it seems to be flat and not grass.
Could you have reserve signs with their names on it. I.E. Reserved: Aunty Ellen and Uncle Frank type of thing so others won’t park themselves there. You should also let them know ahead of time that you are reseving space for them to sit. You are very attentive and your family should be so happy you are watching out over them.
I went to one outdoor wedding where the bride and groom did their toast outside and the best man and maid of honor did their speeches. By the time that was done, it was time to go inside.
That way you don’t take away time from your dancing. Our guy will only play 4 hours and by the time we finish eating it doesn’t leave much party time.
Please send inside photos!! Magnificent.