Post # 1
Hi ladies! So my wedding is this Saturday and I am so excited! However, the weather is looking like it is going to be in the high 80s. We are having an outdoor cocktail hour and the reception is inn an unconditioned barn. I am getting very worried that my guests are going to be over heated 🙁 does anyone have advice or has anyone been to a barn wedding on a hot day? I know I can’t control the weather but I am nervous it will just be too hot to bear 🙁
PS: they will have 2 large doors open on each side to allow a breeze, fans, and I will be picking up hand fans today.
Post # 4
@goldenflorin: I’m sorry I don’t have much advice, the fans sound like a great idea, but lately in Pittsburgh there’s been a great breeze, so I think you might be fine! I’m curious where this barn is, though!
Post # 5
I went to an outdoor wedding in 100+ degree heat last summer and as we walked over to our seats the ushers handed out hand fans, cold bottles of water and offers of bug spray. It was all much appreciated.
Post # 6
You can also set the fans to blow over top of a tub of ice and water- that will cool down the breeze considerably.
Post # 7
I am getting married in Pittsburgh too! Besides fans, I would suggest having plenty of cold water available for guests. Are there shady places available during your outdoor cocktail hour? If you have elderly guests, shade will be necessary!!
Post # 8
Shade. Fans (hand and electric). LOTS of cool beverages (water, lemonade, etc.). Ice. Sunscreen. Bug spray. Handkerchiefs for wiping sweat. Be sure people know it’s outside so they dress accordingly.
It’ll be fine. People have been surviving hot weather for centuries. Provide these tools and then don’t stress.
Post # 9
If you’re not worried about your budget, you can actually rent space air conditioners from local equipment companies. May be something to consider for the barn to keep guests cool and comfortable.
Post # 10
@love108: The barn is in Saxonburg, PA. It’s the Alyson Ann barn at Armstrong Farms.
There is some covered areas to provide shape–thank you everyone for the feedback and advice!! I think I will try the fans blowing next to ice buckets. I am just so nervous that the barn will be a lot hotter than even outside. The venue just told me they can give me hand fans though so that is one extra expense I don’t have to worry about thankfully! Oh Pittsburgh Weather 😀
Post # 11
I went to a wedding last year that sounds very much like this- mid 90s and humid in a barn. Best advice….LOTS of water. They ran out and had to send someone to drive like 30 minutes to the closest town to buy more. But it was needed because it was so hot. Also…lots and lots of ice.
and bug spray…if it’s out in the middle of no where as most barns tend to be, and with it being so hot- the mosquitos could be bad. I think i counted upwards of like 20 bites after that wedding last year/
Honestly though- even with the heat and bugs- the beer was flowing, the fans were blowing and we danced the night away (even if we were gross sweaty messes). You’re wedding will be amazing- even if it’s crazy hot!!
Post # 12
@MaggieL: Thanks! I will definitely be getting the bug spray–that was something I wasn’t even thinking of. Thanks!!
Post # 13
I’d maybe provide some water if possible. But other than that, I’d say you are good to go!
We got married on June 4 last year at an outdoor ceremony and it was 96! Ack we didn’t think when we picked that date it could be that hot. The place where we had the wedding was able to provide water but they ran out like 15 minutes before the ceremony. Everyone during the wedding (including us!) were hoping the ceremony was quick so we could get out of the heat. But looking back it is actually a great and funny memory to remember how hot our wedding day was. So basically what I’m saying, is that even if it is super hot and you and your guests are kind of miserable at points, it’s actually not too bad and can be a funny memory!
But also, it sounds like you are pretty prepared and it won’t be too hot anyways! Hopefully there is a breeze and at least you’ll be in the shade of the barn!