Post # 1
I have dreamed of having an outdoor wedding at my childhood home for over 10 years and I don’t plan on giving up that dream. But it turns out that because of our schedules, July will be the best month to get married. Are we CRAZY to have it outdoors? I always thought I would get married n the spring or fall and the tempature would be cool, but that’s not going to work. 🙁 We are having a 10:30am ceremony, so it should be fairly cool then, and going straight into a brunch at around 11am, so the heat of the day won’t hit until a couple hours into the reception. We’re having tents & standing fans & we’re even looking into cooling systems. Obviously this is a HUGE concern of mine. Are any of you planning on getting married outdoors? How do you plan on beating the heat?
Post # 3
Hello there! Congratulations on your engagement! There are several different ways to beat the heat for your wedding:
- If it goes according to the design, decor, or theme of your wedding, you could provide to your guests beautiful parasols. That would be one of the ways that could get the sun and some of the heat off them while they focus on your wedding. The parasols can come in different colors that way you can make it trendy by matching up with your wedding color scheme.
- Offer a drink station (as if you would a candy station) coming up with a variety of drinks your guests can choose from. You can be creative with it by designing names for the drinks as part of your wedding theme. (This would be one way to show your guests that you were thinking of them) You could also offer ice cold drinks such as bottled water or snow cones to keep your guests from gettting dehydrated not only of the heat but from alcohol (Heat and alcohol don’t mix well together!)
- If it is in your budget, offer mini electric fans for your guests to use. Or you can print your program on paper fans. If you don’t like that idea, you can always have your fans personalized with maybe the name of you and your fiance and your wedding date to place on seats for the guests.
- For food if its possible, you could offer your guests a variety of cold entrees or appetizers. (not many people can enjoy hot foods in the summer heat)
I hope that some of these tips were helpful! Happy Planning!
Post # 4
Hey there! Congrats! As another (outdoor) July bride, my fiance and I have been really worried about the heat lately too. Especially because he tends to have a low tolerance as it is. However, like you, we are not willing to compromise on having it outdoors. I like the idea of having a drinks station – we are going to have a lemonade bar for during the ceremony. Another idea someone gave me was to have some parasols (sp?) available (kinda like how some fall weddings offer wraps) so that people can grap an umbrella for some outdoor shade.
Post # 5
I personally looove hot weather. So I would love it. I guess if you provide plenty of refreshments, iced tea, lemonade, water … during ceremony and upon their arrival … it should be fine. Hopefully there will be shady spots!
Post # 6
We, too, are having an outdoor wedding in July.
We plan to have fans on the seats at the ceremony, and to have cold drinks available.
We will be having a tented wedding, and maybe we should look into a cooling system as well!
Post # 7
I am very prone to heat stroke and our wedding is in August when it is usually pretty hot. Last year, I went to the location (on of the gardens at the college where I teach) on the day the year before and made sure the garden is in the shade the time we are getting married. Plus the wedding is in the early evening so hopefully we will beat the worst of the heat. The ceremony is short and guest can hang out at the college’s air-conditioned conference center and munch while the pics are done. Now, MY worry is about the typical late afternoon/early evening thunderstorms.
Post # 8
Be kind to your wedding party! Put your BMs in short, cool dresses. I’ve been BM in two July weddings. One of them involved a floor-length polyester satin dress. It was sleeveless, but unexpectedly steaming hot while we were taking pictures. I felt sorry for the groomsmen in their 3-piece tuxes!!
Ice cream sandwiches saved us. Might not be feasible for all your guests, but it was a nice treat for the wedding party.
Post # 9
People have been really surprised to hear that we are having our ceremony outdoors in July. They often say "It’s going to be SO HOT!" I don’t find it to be that big of a deal it’s literally 20 minutes of their lives. We’re having a short and sweet ceremony, we have a small bridal party (so very little pomp and circumstance,) I’m providing hand fans, and at the end of the ceremony, servers will have lemonade and sweet tea on trays for guests to grab as they walk into the reception venue. Other than that, we’re getting married around a pool, so I guess if they’re really that hot…. LOL:)
Post # 10
My FI and I also briefly considered having an outdoor ceremony in July (mid-day, no less.) While we’ve since decided to move it indoors, one idea I thought could work, in addition to parasols, cool beverages and fans, were ice packs! Like the kind you put in lunches or would find in a first aid kit. I just did a quick google search and it’s easy to find them in bulk, and they’re reusable.
Since the ice packs themselves are not exactly pretty to look at, I think it would be easy enough to wrap them in coordinating cloth pouches or even put them into drawstring bags similar to candy favor bags. All in wedding coordinated colors, of course 🙂 They could be placed in buckets or baskets at the beginning of the aisle for everyone to take one.
Post # 11
we will be married outdoors in august and I had some concerns about the heat so we got some umbrellas that will hopefully help. We plan on keeping the ceremony 30 mins or less so hopefully the guest will be okay during that time and can go indoors for the cocktail and reception
Post # 12
I’ve searched high & low online for photos of a wedding I saw in Instyle Weddings… one of the "Steal this ideas" that could be a solution. They set up gorgeous white standing umbrellas and placed them randomly throughout the rows of seats. It didn’t look busy or tacky (although I’m sure I described it that way) but it made it look more intimate. It was nicer than having the wedding under a large tent, but it also supplied the guests with some shade.
They also offered the guests ice cold bottles of water & lemonade before they sat down. Oh & programs that are fans are a nice option too 🙂
Post # 13
Congratulations Danielle!! I actually live in Brentwood (so close to Franklin!!) and am getting married in Washington State July 17 2010 (so not HOT weather concerns YET)!
Girl you know it’s hot in TN in July, but I think you can pull it off. We’ve had some days lately with very little humidity and its been fantastic! I agree wholeheartedly with the drink station. With a tent, fans..you should be perfectly ok. I also think parasols or program fans would be wonderful.
I would definitely be thinking about a cake that could ‘weather the weather’ if you know what I mean. I’m sure your baker can come up with some great ideas (no fondant, yes to buttercream) or suggestions.
Good luck!! I can’t wait to read more about your wedding 🙂
Post # 14
Just one thought to consider – will there be a cool area (possibly indoors?) where your guests can wait/mingle before the ceremony starts? Even if your ceremony is only 20-30 minutes long, keep in mind that your guests will likely arrive early. At our wedding, many guests arrived 15-30 minutes before the ceremony start time. Also, if hot weather is a concern…I’d ensure that the ceremony starts as close to on-time as possible. We attended an out-door summer wedding that started 20 minutes late….it was very difficult to remain happy guests when we were melting under the hot summer sun!
Post # 15
We’re doing an outdoor garden wedding in July. I don’t think it will be too bad as it doesn’t usually exceed 25 degrees celsius in our area. However, as that’s as hot as it gets, people tend to think that’s REALLY HOT. We’ll be doing program fans, and hopefully bottled water to take the edge off. And I’m dressing my bridesmaids in short dresses.
Post # 16
We purposely chose to have an outdoor July wedding because in Wisconsin that’s the month with the least amount of bug problems, and it’s usually not as rainy. We are a bit nervous about the heat, but we are having a short ceremony with umbrella tables, and a drink station with water and lemonade. The cocktail hour can be either indoor or outdoor, and the dinner will be indoor. Our reception room has a really nice outdoor patio, so we were able to get the best of both worlds. We get our outdoor ceremony and option to hang outside all day, plus our guests have the indoors to get some shade and stay cool.