PHOENIX BRIDES – End of May too hot to have an outdoor wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Phoenix
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Hi!! Welcome to Phoenix!

I would say it would probably be too hot :(. Unless you’re going to have a super super quick ceremony, it would be pretty uncomfortable. It starts getting warm the end of March. Outdoor weddings are best from Mid October- mid March. 

My cousin got married last May and I didn’t go because of it (but I was 9 months pregnant and it was up a mountain I would’ve had to hike haha).

 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Oh it’ll be too hot for a completely outdoors wedding. We go there on holiday twice a year, and it’s definitely is hot in May… it’s always around +40C (like 100F+ I think?).

When we go in February it’s always reasonable… I imagine March/April you’d have nice weather (not too hot, not too cold).

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

Yeah, I’m going to agree that it will probably be too hot. Probably 90-100+ by that point. March-April is safer!

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I am not sure about an outdoor reception.. people will get HOT. If anything, I’d do a QUICK outdoor ceremony, and then an indoor reception.

Have you experienced the heat in the summer over there? It’s intense. Like hot in the shade weather. Perfect for sitting by the pool, but not for sitting in formal clothing outdoors. I don’t know if it’s possible.. but if you could get some sort of outdoor air conditioning (the mist that lots of patios use) then it may be doable. I think you’ll probably end up changing the date if you really want something outdoors.

I absolutely love the Phoenix area.. but I am not sure how well most people would do in that kinda heat for a few hours with no swimming pool!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had the same thought–outdoor ceremony, indoor reception!

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@LovelyLee:  Yes.. I love it too, but I think some people may feel otherwise lol.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I was born and raised in Phoenix, and May (especially the end of May) is really too hot for a comfortable outdoor wedding, even in the shade. 

So if the date is more important, then keep the wedding indoors. A 15 minute outdoor ceremony would be okay though – then an indoor reception.

If having an outdoor wedding is more important, then March or April would be lovely. Mid-late October is also nice.

ETA: I just went to an outdoor wedding in the beginning of June in Tucson (which is typically 5-10 degrees cooler than Phoenix), and everyone was miserable and sweaty – we were even in the shade the entire time.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@LovelyLee:  I get it! We picked our venue on the ceremony space alone. Our backdrop is a beautiful mountain and it’s perfect at sunset! 
You just have to see which is more important. The day you got engaged will always be a special date and memory.. And your wedding day can be it’s own special day and memory.  
Our friends were married in the middle of April outside and it was still too hot. The sun beating on you is unbearable. Even if it is a quick ceremony, take into consideration the time guests get there and sit there before the wedding starts. 

It’s a tough decision to make 🙁  

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I lived there for 5 years (unfortunately) and one of my good friends got married at the end of May a few years ago and it was very uncomfortable for the outdoor ceremony. I would not have an outdoor wedding there between May 1 and November 1. 

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