Post # 1
I was wondering when a good ceremony start time would be for an outdoor weddiing in August. My Fiance and I are going back and forth with this becuase we worry that it will be too hot if we start around 4:30 or 5. Then I have second thoughts about starting the ceramony later, 6-630ish because we only have our venue until 11 (everything has to be cleaned up and gone by then, guests will probably be leaving around 10-1030).
So, is the hot weather enough of a reason to start the wedding later, although it cuts into the reception time?
Also if there are other Aug. outdoor wedding brides, please let me know what you have decided on.
Post # 3
I would have water bottles either at each chair or in a tub at the entrance and fans. I’ve also seen people set up tall umbrellas, which can look really nice.
Post # 4
Was wondering the same thing. Wedding’s not until 2012, but have been considering the same issue since we’re thinking July or August.
I’d wait until early evening in the 5:00pm or 6:00pm range.
Post # 5
Our ceremony is outdoors and we are starting at 530pm.
Our party ends at 1100pm but for us that’s when we have to start leaving.
Did you already confirm with your venue that everyone has to be out by 1100pm?
Post # 6
My wedding is August 14th this summer. The ceremony begins at 1pm. I am going to get fans for my guest. It’s next to the Hudson River and upstate NY so it shouldn’t be too terribly hot. But water bottles is a good idea too! 😉
Post # 7
We are passing out bamboo hand fans and water. Ceremony starts at 4:30 pm!
Post # 8
i went to an outdoor august wedding at about 5. its wasn’t terrible – they made fans out of their programs (dual purpose!) and had some nice glass dispensers with tea, lemonade and water so people could get a drink while they were mingling before the ceremony and then keep it to bring to their seats. i’d also think about you – i know i wouldn’t want to wear a big heavy dress outside in august. the bride at the wedding i went to wore a tea length. i wouldn’t go much before 5, unless you are in the mountains or a naturally cooler/shadier place.
Post # 9
We’re having an outdoor wedding and tented reception at the end of August. As we’ve worked it out now the time line is like this:
5:30-6 ceremony (refreshments and watermelon available before ceremony)
6-7 cocktail hour/ photo session (capitalize on that warm but not washed out lighting)
7-9 Buffet Dinner and Cake Cutting
9-10:30ish Dessert and Dancing
Depending on how you arrange your photography (maybe you can do it before the ceremony? or don’t want to spend a whole hour) I think you’ll be fine and have plenty of time for the reception by starting a little later.
Just make sure, as everyone has said, to have refreshments so guests don’t melt while they wait.
Post # 10
Thanks for the input. I think that we are going to go with a 5 o’clock start, with water and fan programs.
I found these cute fans online these would be fun for a photobooth too, notice it has the gooms face on one side, some had the brides too:
Post # 11
We’re doing a 5:30 ceremony start time but our end time is 11:30. If it was 11:00, we’d be going with 5:00. We’re going to have water and fans available and I put on our web site that the ceremony and cocktail hour will be outdoors so guests should take proper precautions for dealing with the summer sun (sunscreen, sunhats, etc.)
Yay August brides!
Post # 12
OUr outdoor wedding is a Destination Wedding in Florida and we’re doing 4 pm. We dressed our bridal party with the heat in mind. (with the exception of my darling Fiance who thinks a tux in FL in aug is going to be fine! lol) My bridesmaids are wearing knee length strapless dresses in satin and chiffon…. my dress isn’t incredibly hot and so on. Whatever you do…. give them a way to cool off!
Post # 13
Yikes that’s going to be really hot! I’d avoid an outdoor ceremony in August to begin with, but since you chose it I’d say the later the better. Ours is 2pm, but it’s inside so our guests won’t melt! Also- maybe Columbus won’t be as hot as TN.
Post # 14
Our outdoor ceremony will start at 6 so hopefully it will be a little bit cooler. It’s okay though because we will have paddle fan programs and people passing out water and lemonade and iced tea to guests right before the ceremony. Then right when its over its inside to cocktail hour in air conditioning!!!
Post # 15
I went to an outdoor wedding in CT last August and it was actually chilly! It was probably a one time thing but it’s giving me hope that it won’t be scorching on our day. We’re having a 4pm outdoor ceremony and a tented reception. We’re also doing fans but the bottled water is also a great idea.
Post # 16
My wedding starts at noon. It may be hot, but it was the only time the venue is open for weddings. Since they have a wedding every weekend, I’m not worried about it. Plus, the ceremony shold be 15 minutes max.