(Closed) Am I crazy to want an outdoor December wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@XmasBride2014:  I think it sounds fun!  But, I’m also from the Midwest…  I was just to an outdoor wedding (with heaters that they turned on later in the night) and it was 50-55 degrees once it got dark.  As long as people aren’t wusses, and wear layers, they’ll be fine.  If you have lots of heaters and a couple of fire pits, I think it will be all good.

We probably did leave a bit earlier than we typically would, though.  The cold didn’t help, but I also had a really full Saturday so that was more of the reason.

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@Apple_Blossom:  Haha yes:  “But then again, 40 in December is like a heat wave to me.  We wear shorts in that weather.”

Post # 33
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have to say that I went to an outdoor December wedding, and the ceremony part was set up on a lawn with chairs, etc. The reception part was under a tent. Because weddings last for hours, the first part of the wedding was warm, and I was fine. As the sun started to set, it got very cold even inside the tent. I was actually starting to freeze! But, I would say multiple heaters and blankets should be fine, unless you live in an area thats prone to a lot of snow storms and freezing temps. 🙂

Post # 34
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Just make sure people know its an outside wedding so they can dress appropriately.  The last thing you want is a guest arriving in a thin dress with no jacket standing outside in 50 degree weather. She will be very cold! You may have to compromise on the formality of the affair to allow your guests to dress warmly.

Post # 35
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@XmasBride2014:  Oh I was totally coming in here to say you’re crazy because I assumed you lived somewhere cold. I think us Californians can get away with outdoors just about anytime. It’s not generally rainy that late in the year, so I say go for it! The space heaters will totally be enough. 

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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@Katnisseverdeen:  

I am Canadian too. I hate winter though; I truly believe it is the Caribbean blood in me.

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@XmasBride2014:  

I don’t think your idea is crazy. You just have to think of the kind of guests you will have. I know that your idea would suit my husband’s family but not my family at all. When my husband and I got married, we were outside next to a lake. Our vow renewal will be indoors with pictures taken outside.

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You better have LOTS of heating and warn your guests it will be out in the cold. I visited SF in May and froze my tots off! I can’t imagine how it would be in December!

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would not do it. I went to an outdoor wedding in Texas in November and it was cold and windy. The worst was that dinner was outside and the gravel was blowing in our faces and our food. It was the worst wedding I have ever been.

Post # 39
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Blushing bee

If I was a invited and knew it was outdoors I’d either politely decline or stay for a very short time. I was born in Cali but it to me it’s not really fair to place your guests in an uncomfortable situation like that. 

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@XmasBride2014:  I live in Eureka- even farther north than Santa Cruz & I don’t think an outside December wedding would be an issue. In our area December is really one of the nicest times of the year, aside from the chill (very clear, little fog & rain). But like you said it’s nothing like the east coast! I’d just bundle up in my usual layers and enjoy myself- even more so with heaters, fire pits, & hot coco! 

Post # 41
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Blushing bee

I don’t think it’s crazy but if I were a guest, I won’t enjoy the reception. For me, 50-60 is cold enough so that I won’t stay outside longer than an hour.

And I don’t think it’s only me. I once attended a conference which was at San Diego in December. They planned a long outside lunch social hour because it was San Diego. People complained so much so they had to arrange an option to eat inside. Eventually, only 10-20 people ate outside among 300 people. The only people who ate outside were from Wisconsin.

By The Way, Wisconsin people loved the weather. Maybe if your guests are from Wisconsin, it won’t be a problem..?

 

 

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@afake79:  Teehee

This makes me think of visiting Florida in January as a kid and seeing everyone in giant parkas, while my family was in shorts and thrilled about the weather.  😛

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

Unsure…I’m shooting for a winter wedding but I could not imagine having guests outside for the ceremony nor reception, even if it was 50-60 degrees. It would be lovely if it could happen. I am a visual person so I think multiple space heaters will look weird sitting around a reception. Could you change the date and have it in the spring so that you get your outside wedding? Or bring the outside in…decorate the venue to make it look as if you were outside?

Post # 45
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

I say go for it.  Being from Northern California, I love the cooler weather on the coast (even in the evening)!  Plus, the San Benito House is a cute location downtown.  Definitely tent it and get walls for the tent and a forced air heater (plus the tent should keep some of the dampness of the cooler/coastal weather off of the guests).  Letting guests know of the outdoor/tented situation will definitely help them dress appropriately.  The fun little touches of hot chocolate and blankets/pashminas are a “must” and guests will love them.  

 

 

 

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