Post # 1
Well, I’m not actually telling guests what to wear but I am making an insert for out of town guests with directions, accomodations information, etc. and I also want to include a heads up for guests about the weather in Vermont in August. I am having an outdoor ceremony (weather permitting) and my reception is in a barn-like space (ie, not climate controlled). Most of my out of town guests are used to air conditioned venues in the summer and will probably assume that my wedding will have air conditioning (or heating if it is cold). I don’t want to put-off my guests but I also want to give them a heads up to pay attention to the weather when planning what clothes to bring…but I’m not quite sure how to do so. Has anyone else done something like this or had an invite with such an enclosure? Am I being too neurotic? (Probably, but please help!)
PS. I am planning different guest comfort measures once I have a better sense of what the weather will be (fans if is warm, wraps if it is cold, etc).
Post # 3
If it’ll be cold, just mention “please plan for weather in the 50’s, you may want to bring a shawl!” or something like that.
I’d appreciate knowing if i should bring a sweater or not based on the weather. Every venue I’ve been to (indoors) is air conditioned…
I was thinking you were going to tell them WHAT to wear, not to dress appropriately for weather. It’s better they know
Post # 4
Do you have a website?
On ours I have a tab for average August Temp in NYC and letting them know that our wedding is dressy/casual.
That being said…I think if the reception is outdoors in a barn you should provide some kind of cooling measures backup plan. If you end up with a really warm day you don’t want your guests to be sweating or getting overheated.
You can also include a note about Outdoor Ceremony & Reception?
Post # 5
I did a FAQ on my wedding website, and one of my questions was “What will the weather be like?” Perhaps you could just do something with a “Weather concerns” sort of header.
Post # 6
Do you have a wedding website? If so, you can have a tab with the local weather on there.
Post # 7
Thank you for the suggestions, they were all really helpful!
Post # 8
So, I do agree that the wedding website is the best place for this info (I really loved the FAQ idea) — but SO MANY people on here post about the fact that no one looked at their websites, so I feel like if you REALLY want guests to know (versus — I told them, they should have known!) I think it should go on the invite or an insert, since that is what you KNOW they will look at.
This is also from a girl that spent HOURS on building a wedding website basically from scratch, so I’m definitely not putting down the theoretical (and cathartic!) value of them.
One possible phrasing on the website may be to just explain where it is, like “reception to be held in rustic barn” or something like that so that they get the hint that there is no a/c or heat. Alternatively, a like “Reception Immediately Following” followed by “Evenings are chilly, please dress appropriately” or something may be useful.
Post # 9
I agree that the wedding website is the best spot for this info. I’d say something like, “Summer weather in Vermont is quite variable. Please plan for…”
Post # 10
by “phrasing on the website” in my earlier post, I meant “invitation” — my bad!
Post # 11
I’m having an outdoor ceremony in NH in August and an indoor reception in a barn-like old town grange without climate control. 80% of our guests are from outside New England and a lot from the SF Bay Area where the weather seems to never change! I have the following posted on a “Wedding Attire & Local Weather” page on our wedsite with a weather.com gadget of local weather.
Our wedding celebration will be a casual, rustic affair. If you are comfortable in a pair of shorts and flip flops, then you should wear them. If you are more comfortable in a dress shirt and shoes, then – go for it! All we ask is that YOU are comfortable – as we will be comfortable, too.Ladies, don’t forget that our ceremony will be outdoors when considering your footwear.
Weather in New England can vary 30 degrees from one day to the next and can be very unpredictable in the valley that Alexandria is located in.We’ve naturally already placed a request with Mother Nature for a lovely afternoon, but it may be best to double check the conditions here, before heading to our celebration, to make sure you’re dressed comfortably.