Post # 1
Here’s the deal,my wedding is on the 31st – my officiant has sent me like 12 emails complaining about the weather. She says that it is hard for her to speak when it is cold, because her chin freezes. [I’m not really sure what this means.. but okay].
Anyway, she keeps asking me if we can move the ceremony indoors. I do NOT want to do this as I picked the location because the beautiful home would be a wonderful backdrop for ceremony photos, and we could have cocktail hour inside. However, in the event of extreme cold, or rain I WILL move the ceremony inside.
Here is a picture of the house so you can see what I’m talking about :
As of right now, the forecast is calling for 56 degrees, partly sunny with a 20% chance of rain, and a slight breeze. I personally don’t think this is too cold for an outdoor ceremony, and neither does my mother. But other guests [my grandmother, aunt] and the officiant apparently think it’s too cold.
At what temperature would you consider it to be too cold for an outdoor ceremony?
Post # 2
As long as I showed up knowing that it was going to be that chilly, and it was the hottest part of the day (2-4 pm), I think 45-50 would be the lowest I’d go. But I’m young, and live in the northern U.S.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
If it helps you, I’m getting married this weekend (a week before you) on the beach in NJ. The forecast is for 66 degrees. We’re outside no matter what. I don’t think it’s too chilly and I do feel it’s the officiant ‘s job to deliver. But I did email everyone letting them know to dress accordingly because the ceremony will be outside. Congrats in advance and good luck, it sounds lovely!
Post # 4
jenilynevette: Depends on how long the ceremony is and if I know it’s outside ahead of time. If it IS going to be chilly, having a hot drink available for cocktail hour might be a nice touch! Stick to your guns!
We moved inside, BUT we spent a lot of time looking for a venue that had an indoor space we loved as much as the outdoor.
Post # 5
I live in the midwest and I think my cutoff would be a sunny/partly sunny 60 degree day with very little wind. What time is your wedding and what time of day will it be 56? If the high is reached at 3:pm and you are having a 12:00 pm wedding then it won’t be 56. Same goes if you are having 6 pm wedding – it won’t be 56, it will be chilllier than that.
If your officient has trouble speaking in colder weather, your guests won’t hear her anyways. I’d move it indoors.
Post # 6
beeintraining: Strawberryshmoo: MsGinkgo: hermom:
I should add that the ceremony will be no longer than a half hour long and will start at 4:00 pm, we are from the midwest where most of us are still wearing flip flops.
We’ve also had it on our website the entire time that it could be cold outside and to bring an umbrella/jacket.
Post # 7
Dang, I am from the midwest (Lower Michigan) and we had hard frost on everything this morning. keep in mind that everyone will arrive 15-20 minutes early and will be milling around for awhile afterwards so you are looking at your guests being outside for close to an hour, not just the half hour for your wedding.
Post # 8
jenilynevette: I get cold easily and I’d be fine with that as long as the ceremony wasn’t super long and at night (which yours isn’t). However, you wedding is still 8 days away so the temperature could get warmer…or colder. If she has trouble speaking when it’s “cold”, suggest that she wear a coat and a scarf or have your DJ provide a mic.
Post # 9
hermom: The good thing about that is that the home is a historical building that many of our family have been interested in, but have never toured. They are very welcome to hang out inside if they arrive early.
And I know! The weather has been nuts. It has wednesday as a high of 75. Yesterday I went to pick up my dress and my car said it was 59 degrees but it was beautiful outside.
Post # 10
I wouldn’t call 56 degrees cold, I would call that comfortable. I’m from MN and I personally don’t even wear a coat until the temp gets beow 0. I wouldn’t move it indoors for that reason, I would buy her a scarf and tell her this is your big day and your dream.
Post # 11
I’m a sissy Texas girl, I hate being cold but mid 50s isn’t that cold. As long as people know it’s outside and bring a sweater or whatever it should be fine.
Post # 12
I’d say 50 and below is cold. Your officiant needs to get over it, I think it’s out of line for her to keep complaining and trying to get you to move the ceremony. She should be supportive of your vision, cold chin and all.
Post # 13
jenilynevette: I’m from the south, and I think thats cold. I would have to be bundled up, and would still be cold. But if your oficiant thinks too cold and can’t perform… find another officiant.
Post # 14
I’m from Boston and I get cold easily. If I am dressed up, anything less than 60 means I’d move indoors. My own wedding had a low of 70 degrees and I went inside for the reception.
Your officiant shouldn’t have complained, she should have just worn a thick jacket
Post # 15
I live in the midwest. 50s should be fine. The ceremony won’t be too long, and I bet the women will bring jackets they can wear if it gets chilly. As long as the guests know the anticipated temperature, they can plan their clothing accordingly.