Post # 1
The wedding will take place in a church at 2:00 PM in August. Reception will be outdoors with no shade. Includes dancing.
Option #1…reception immediately following and rent a tent for shade. It would be an early dinner. Could still be very hot, but at least the tent would help some. Budget is small, so a tent would take quite a bit.
Option #2…have the reception start at 6:00 PM and no tent needed, sun would not be directly overhead. There are no out of town guests, but a few do live 30 minutes away. 95% of the guests live in the immediate area.
If you were a guest, would you rather deal with the heat/sun or the gap?
Post # 3
It’s hard for me to answer this without knowing more information. How hot will it be in your town in August? Are there a lot of out of town guests? Is your venue close by restaurants and entertainment? If I’m an out of town guest and your venue is out in the middle of nowhere, I probably won’t want to have a long gap. Also, I know you said you can save money by not having a tent, but what would you do if it rains?
Post # 4
The gap. I find the heat really unbareable in the summer, especially at weddings. It’s uncomfortable and then everyone will be sweaty.
Post # 5
Personally I’d rather have the heat, under the tent, than the time gap. In fact, more than likely I wouldn’t attend the reception if there were a long waiting gap, but that’s just me. I wouldn’t want to spend an entire day and evening on someone else’s wedding, sorry. Unless it was someone VERY close to me. If you go with the gap you may end up with less people attending.
Post # 6
I personally would prefer to deal with the heat over the time gap, but if a tent is going to eat up your budget and most of your guests are VERY close, it sounds like you could get away with the gap.
Post # 7
Agree with @Bichon Frise
Don’t you need the tent in case it rains? I’d probably rather deal with the heat than the gap…gaps are a massive pain in my opinion.
Post # 8
Like PP said, depends on HOW hot it is. I’m in Texas where it’s regularly 110+ in August so yeah…give me a gap any day of the week over the heat.
Post # 9
Being hot makes me super cranky so I’d rather have the gap
Post # 10
The wedding/reception are about 10 miles apart. It doesn’t rain here in August.
The guests are close friends and immediate family whom the bride and groom are close to…..no business associates etc….
Post # 11
The temp here in August is usually about 90 but we could have a heat wave and get to about 115.
Post # 12
I voted 6:00pm reception. If it gets really hot in august where your wedding will be located I would be concerned with elderly guests in the heat. You don’t want anyone passing out or getting heat stroke. My only question is do you have a rain plan? Will you have a tent on reserve in case of rain with the 6pm plan?
Post # 13
I’d pick heat over gap, honestly. I hate the idea of the gap and may skip either the ceremony or the reception depending on how I feel.
Post # 14
Get the tent!!! It will provide shade and shelter for rain. My wedding day poured so i recommend planning for it.
Post # 15
For those who have attended a wedding with a tent for shade, did it have a “greenhouse” affect? Did they have electric fans running for circulation?