Post # 1
What are everyone’s thoughts on having an outdoor ceremony in July or August? We will be having a nonreligious ceremony so it would not be too long, and I suppose we would provide guests with handheld fans and water. Has anyone had or been to an outdoor ceremony in the summer? The reception would obviously be indoors.
Post # 2
cbj9: Where are you? Check the average temperatures and humidity. We’ll have an outdoor ceremony, but it’s in a place that is typically in the 70s and very breezy (on a hill in a mountain area) so pretty comfortable.
People do it!
Post # 3
Sounds great! I’m in Vancouver though so it doesn’t get crazy hot here. I have no idea how hot it would get in the southern US, for example, so it depends where you are. If it’s in a hot area, do you have a site in mind that has a bit of shade? Or is it by the water so there’s a bit of a breeze?
Post # 4
I think it will be fine, people hold outdoor summer weddings where I am from (one of the hotter cities in Australia) all the time. The hottest on I have been to is over 100 degrees (40 degrees celsius). We do groan a bit when we see the weather forecast but provided there is some shade from a tree/umbrellas and water available and the ceremony is not long then we all live. Some people have not provided water though at super hot outdoor weddings I’ve been to and I thought that was a little inconsiderate as there was no where you could buy one from at the garden either.
Post # 5
My sis and brother-in-law’s wedding was July 7, 2012 in Northwest IN. It ended up being 101 degrees At the end of the ceremony. But halfway through the outdoor reception, it started spur inkling and there was plenty of shade. It was HOT! But it was still a good wedding. I don’t think anyone from our church will be doing an outdoor wedding in July from now on. Haha.
Post # 6
nawella: Washington, DC. So it does get fairly hot here in the summers. I am slightly concerned because my parents had theirs during the summertime (25 years ago, and in Wisconsin, but still) and several older guests passed out. But I don’t think they had fans and water.
Post # 7
cbj9: Hmm you may want to consider your guests then too- how is their health? (grandparents, women who will be 9 months pregnant, all of the above)
The most helpful thing I found was to google the average weather for your wedding date. It helped me feel better about the decision. Obviously you can’t control it, but it can help.
Post # 8
In ny or dc, it’s often already way too hot and humid during many days in those months (even at night), so it really depends on where you are and the timing.
We’re doing our ceremony and reception outdoors in July, but the avg temp in the area cools off to 60s by 8pm usually and we might need heat lamps later on in the night. We’re doing our reception in the early evening when the ceremony area isn’t in direct sunlight but, since it might still be hot, we’re providing guests w fans and probably water. Info abt all this is in our invites, website, etc.
Post # 9
cbj9: I just saw your update saying you’re in DC. I live here, too. No freaking way would I ever have an outdoor ceremony in a DC July or August. Sorry, but it’s miserably hot just walking from my house to my car some days, forget standing outside dripping in sweat, then feeling disgusting going into the reception.
Post # 10
I had my entire wedding outdoors on September 1 in KY. I’ll admit it was pretty warm, but it turned out fine. Here are some things you can do to keep everyone happy:
- SHADE – this is the most important thing. It’s significantly cooler in the shade and people don’t have the sun glaring in their eyes – make sure all the guests are in the shade for the ceremony!
- HYDRATE – we provided ice water, lemoade and iced tea from the minute people got to the site. This is key for preventing dehydration, especially if you will be serving alcohol later in the evening
- FAN – we did our ceremony programs as fans. Nothing fancy, but the were definitely used by almost everyone.
- CASUAL – if you make this a more casual affair, people will have the flexibility to dress more comofrtably.
- LATE – if you push your start time back as late as you comfortably can, you’ll be avioding the hottest part of the day.
Post # 11
cbj9: I think if the area is shaded, the ceremony is short, and you provide fans/water your guests will probably be ok (I imagine DC summers are similar to those here in Charlotte). Just remember you’ll be standing out there too, so make sure your make-up doesn’t run off, you have plenty of antipersperant, your hairstyle is heat/sweat resistent, etc.
Post # 12
JenGirl: i want an outdoor wedding in KY too. I was thinking early June or September, with an evening start- 5:30, wedding at 6?
Post # 13
I’m from the DMV, and have attended several summer, outdoor weddings. As a guest, I spent the entire ceremony trying to hide in someone’s shadow for shade, or desperately fanning myself trying not to pass out. You can have an outdoor ceremony…but everyone will be miserably hot and won’t remember your ceremony.
Post # 14
Last summer wedding I went to that had the ceremony outside (this was in Richmond, VA), one of the groomsmen passed out during the ceremony and hit his head on the concrete. He had to be taken to the hospital. So yeah, not of fan of outside summer weddings in VA.
Post # 15
cbj9: yes. Our wedding (and reception) were outside. We had an evening (6pm) wedding in late August and we live in North Carolina. I was a little worried about the hot weather but it turned out to be absolutely perfect. It wasn’t terribly hot and there was a cool breeze all evening.