Post # 1
So we are getting married in one year…and one day! =) But today it is 93 degrees in Portsmouth…the record high for June is 96, but average is 77. I expect it to be in the 70s or 80s, but what if it is super hot? What would you do? Our wedding is planned to be outside…
(On a separate note, the record low for June in Portsmouth, NH, is 33 degrees!!!!!!)
I know I can’t really worry about this until the day of, but I wanted to know what others had done when the weather got super hot.
Post # 4
Well I’m allergic to the sun and heat, so I would be miserable the entire day, so I’d say do it inside where its nice and A/C 🙂
Post # 5
We’ve chosen the venue, and it will be fine if temperatures stay normal…I was wondering what we should do IF it’s really hot that day…like what contingency plan we should have.
Post # 6
You really cant do anything about the weather – perhaps have personal fans for everyone – you could attach a program or message to each – and have them either handed out or sitting on the seats when people arrive for the ceremony. Maybe you could rent large fans or AC units – check with the venue to see what they suggest.
Post # 7
I’d arrange for a tent either way; it’s really hard to get those on short notice and even if it’s not hot, shade is always appreciated. Ask the venue what options, if any, are there for running power out to the tented area and be prepared to set up some fans if possible; so that means you should scope any decor that might go under the tent to make sure it’s not going to fly around or blow away. This may mean adjusting your ideal table/decor concept a bit (i.e. heavier centerpeices, shorter tablecloths, napkins tucked inside glasses instead of folded like little swans) but it’s much easier to make your plan as if it WERE going to be hot than to try and change things at the last minute.
Start stocking up on travel-size sunblock early in the season next year so you can leave a basket of them for guests who forget to protect themselves from the sun.
Look for creative ways to stock cold water in various spots around your reception area; bottled water might be too costly and generate too much trash so a mix of bottles and big dispensers, maybe a DIY project to come up with some clever covers for the giant igloo water dispensers you see on construction sites. Maybe even incorporate a festive “signature drink”, non-alcoholic, in those big dispensers.
Pick the bridal party attire with the hot day in mind; it’s much easier to run out and buy a pair of white tights at the last minute if it turns cold, than to get a new dress or roast in 8 layers of taffeta (yes I know you may already have a storybook wedding dress in mind but do you really want the only thing you or other people remember is how you melted?)
Talk to your caterer about cake icings— some, like ganache, will be off-limits in the heat.
Basically just assume it will be hot, or rainy, or windy and when the weather turns out nice, people will still be happy for some shade and a nice cool drink.
Post # 8
Having fans is a great idea!! My dress is light taffeta, and I haven’t decided my bridesmaids’ dresses yet…they will be short, though.
We are going to have a tent, so that will help. I am just worried that it will be unbearably hot…but it is New Hampshire…so it’s unlikely.
Post # 9
I have some of the same concerns. My wedding is a year and 8 days from today and yesterday it was 90 degrees. But now today it is a high of 72 and kind of gloomy! It is impossible to tell what the weather will be like this time next year, but my FI and I have discussed renting a big tent to cover our ceremony area either way (luckily, we only need to give our venue a 72 notice if we want the tent). Also, we are making our programs fans (attaching a square program to a tongue depressor basically…thank you Pinterest!). Maybe even buying some of these (well not these ones exactly, not a fan of the colors/flowers, but you get the idea!) and putting them in a cute basket for guests to use throughout the day! http://www.orientaltrading.com/mini-hibiscus-print-fans-a2-26_2052-12-1.fltr?Ntt=fan
Water bottles/dispensers around your venue is a great idea as well!
Post # 10
You can’t control the weather, but you can control some of the choices you make for your wedding. Just make choices as if it will be hot and hope for the best. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 11
I’d plan on airbrushed makeup! I had it done and when it was over 90 on our wedding day, it held up perfectly! I was feeling hot and sweaty during the outside pictures, during the ceremony and dancing at the reception and was surprised to see at the end of the night my makeup was just the way it had looked when I started out the day! I’m glad I budgeted for it!
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
@fishbone: great advice.
Our wedding ceremony will be outside-middle July, in Baltimore, when it can get stupid hot and humid. It’s at 6 pm, though- so it’s outside of the hottest time of the day. We’re doing fan programs for the guests, and will have mini-waters for the ceremony (reception inside.)
My attendants have short, sleeveless dresses. I bought parasols (luna bazaar has really cute ones!) for me and the girls, and the Moms- will probably only be used during photos, but if FI and I end up in direct sun, could be a possibility during the ceremony. 🙂 I also bought fans from LB for the girls, for curing the ceremony.
The guys are wearing tuxes, but no vests. I will be “bathing” in baby powder before I put my dress on, and will probably still sweat like a fiend.
Depending on what time your wedding is, fishbone’s idea of extra sunscreen is genius. Also- a tent could be good, esp. if you’re during the afternoon. Even if it’s not hot, fair-skinned people (like me) don’t like being out in the sun all day.
Post # 13
Make sure there’s plenty of water and have a plan in case it’s too hot outside for kids and older adults, since they’re the most impacted by heat. Other that that, not much you can do! I was in a wedding 2 years ago in NH in August and it was like 105 degrees. The entire ceremony was in the bright sunlight, and the reception was under a tent, but not AC or anything. It was the hottest I have ever been in my life. But, it was a fun wedding once I gave up on trying not to be sweaty! Also, I learned a very important tip which is that fake eyelashes are the best thing you can wear when it’s that hot out because everything else sweats off but you still look pretty good if you have fake eyelashes!
Post # 14
As long as you have a tent, I think your guests will be fine.
Post # 15
If you do have a lot of older folks on the guest list, it might not be a bad idea to ask someone to be “in charge” of making sure those folks stay hydrated and comfortable. Kids are also very sensitive to heat but in an older person, heat exhaustion can be deadly. You can ask your venue co-ordinator if there is one, or someone in the wedding party, even better if there’s a guest with a medical background (doctor, nurse, EMT) although it’s a tough spot to ask a guest to have a responsibility like that.
You can also consider some huge blocks of ice, although I’m not sure how far in advance you’d have to order these— check with your local liquor store as they usually do ice as well. Set up some big containers (50-100 gallon galvanized tubs or wooden barrels) and fill them with ice, decorate them however you want (make sure your material or colorings won’t run if wet) and cover with nice linens. If you set them up generously under the tent, they’ll have a cooling effect on that area. Keeping them covered and using big ice (block or big cubes) rather than small ice will extend the time it takes for them to melt away. If your venue is a restaurant/country club/hotel/etc they probably have an ice machine and you may be able to request they provide the ice— but they would need to have capacity in their icemakers to take care of beverage/clean ice and somewhere to store excess ice as it’s made, so they may say No.
Post # 16
What do people think of misters? I know they have them on the streets of Philadelphia (Bruce Springsteen is singing in my head now) at some restaurants to keep patrons cool while they eat. I don’t know how much that would cost, though.