(Closed) Outside Ceremony in October?

posted 6 years ago in October 2013
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We’re having an outdoor ceremony, and FI is convinced we’re going to have a freak snowstorm or something. Our bad-weather plan includes a windowed tent, and we have a friend that will bring his patio heaters if the temperature dips too low. I believe you can rent patio heaters from party supply places…they’re large and used to heat larger areas, as well as running on fuel instead of electricity.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Sunshine1011:  I think you’ll be fine, especially if you’re getting married in the afternoon when the temperature peaks for the day. Worst come, you can add a shawl to your bridal emsemble and find some ways to keep your guests cozy (hot chocolate and thrift store shawls?). I’ve decided that a freak snowstorm would be good luck and very pretty with the fall colors. Just make sure you have a rain plan, too.

My BMs would be the most disappointed if we had a cold weekend; they all picked their own dresses, and despite my advisement about the possible temps, they all picked short dresses. I’m guessing that if temps dip below 50, they’ll probably all be in tights!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We’re planning on having an outdoor ceremony for our 10/13 wedding. Illinois weather is pretty unpredicatable but our fingers are crossed! I think as long as you have a backup plan (your tent and heaters) everything should be fine.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m also planning on having an outside ceremony and cocktail hour. October is definitely unpredictable but we have experienced 70+ degrees over the past few years. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Outdoor ceremony and a barn reception, we’re thinking of renting heatersjust in case, but hopefully in Michigan it’ll be ok. It might be a stretch but our homecoming dances were late October here and they were all nice and it wasn’t too cold… Best of luck to you guys!! 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We’re having an outdoor ceremony, too.  The venue where we’re having our ceremony is blanketed with trees with leaves that will be changing color, so I’m willing to take the chance of being cold or rainy in order to get married there.  Backup plan is to have the ceremony indoors at our reception venue (which I really dont want to do).

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I will be having an outdoor ceremony but an indoor reception! Crossing my fingers and toes that we will have great weather!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I really really wanted an outdoor ceremony, but decided the rain risk was too big. So we picked a place that has both an indoor and outdoor space, and we can use whichever one is more appropriate for the weather day-of.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Okay, we have now been to two October weddings (same weekend, different years) in Michigan, which is equally unpredictable.

Last year, it was actually an indoor wedding, but we spent a lot of time outdoors after the ceremony. It was very warm, almost bordering on too hot (FMIL says it was too hot, but she was wearing a longer skirt, tights, and a freaking jacket). Beautiful.

This year, we went to an outdoor wedding. The ceremony was out in the garden, uncovered. It was so. cold. We had on layers AND a blanket, plus it rained a bit. The food and dancing were under a canopy, but it was super cold under there. The dinner was in a heated tent. That wasn’t bad, although maybe on the chilly side because of the wind.

Here’s what you do: watch the weather like a hawk. If it’s going to rain, get tents/canopies. Tell your guests to bring umbrellas/blankets if they might need them, and dress warmly. Have hot things for cocktail hour, if you’re doing one. The wedding we were just at had tomato soup and tiny grilled cheeses, hot cider (which they ran out of because they only made a gallon of it >:(), coffee, and tea. MAKE SURE THINGS ARE WALLED IN AND COVERED. It started raining pretty hard at one point during dinner, so people had to walk in the rain to get over to the food tent. As long as you make sure that things are covered and walled in so that your guests don’t freeze, you’ll be fine.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@vorpalette:  Great advice! I’m thinking of putting bring blankets on our invitations cuz this year has been so cold and blustery! Thank you for sharing! 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

hoping to hold it outside…. its going to be a day of decision – we have space at our venue for either but I love the outside area! its a huge long aisle down the length of the lawn

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ours is also outside (although in San Diego…so should hopefully be low 70s, although I still worry about it  being chilly)

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