(Closed) Convince me an outdoor ceremony isn't a bad idea

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

What month are you looking at ?  And in ND?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

we are having it outdoors..but then the party bit is in a hall……my sister a few years ago did her ceremony AND the reception at the beach in a park….had a dj and was SO MUCH FUN! it was beautiful…

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

It can be beautiful if you’re from somewhere with consistent weather.

How is ND? Does it usually rain in the summer? 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We are having an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. since we chose June (originally July) and I dont want my guests roasting under the SoCal sun, we decided for a start time of 5:30. The sun is Still up but it’s not thaaaat hot. Cocktail reception will also be outside so guests can enjoy the warm weather. 

We did go with SoCal because the chances of rain in June at 5:30 are very slim. 

The big upside is that we don’t have to decorate our ceremony space. Our location is a gazebo surrounded by a rose garden… Bam, instant decor!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love outdoor weddings, I’ve been to a lot of them in CA since I lived there almost my whole life and the scenery made them so memorable (lots of trees, plants, etc.) but I’ve been dreaming of an enchanted forest wedding complete with talking animals since I was a little girl watching Disney movies so I may be biased 😉

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We are doing an outdoor ceremony in October, it’s going to be in a national forest park right next to our reception venue. It’s going to beautiful weather (thinking positive ahah) but in the unlikely event it’s not, we can move everything to the reception space. We will also be doing a 4:30/5pm ceremony.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We had ours in Southern California in April. It was hot during the day, but our ceremony was in the evening when things cooled down. It wasn’t windy. It was a perfect day.

I have actually never had any bad experiences with outdoor weddings.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We did an outdoor ceremony in August. Everything was perfect! The reception was inside because it went into the night and was at a restaurant/golf club. It was awesome.

There was a back-up plan, though.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We had an outdoor ceremony in May in North Carolina that lasted about 30 minutes. I know I’m biased but I absolutely adored having our ceremony outside!  It was overcast but didn’t rain. Temperature was great at about 73 degrees. The reception was at the same place as the ceremony and was mostly inside but people could move between the indoor and outdoor space. 

I think if you do an outdoor ceremony you have to have a rain plan or be really flexible as far as the schedule.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re doing an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception! My Fiance was against the outside idea, convinced it will rain, but I want to be outside in the sun and grass sooooo bad! So he caved and outdoors it will be! Last Aug where I live is the best chance of no rain, so we’re crossing our fingers and hoping for the best!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We are doing an outdoor ceremony and reception on a farm.  The ceremony will be on this hill with a gazebo backdrop surrounded by apple trees.  The reception is right down the hill under a giant tent surrounded by trees.  This is all happening this July and in Massachusetts, the weather could be anything.  I am taking a huge risk, but feel it could be really beautiful.  The tent can have sides put on if raining and even a/c if too hot.  Going to work out the details with the venue coordinator next weekend.  All I can do is keep my fingers crossed for beautiful weather 🙂

 

Here is a picture of the tent at night during a wedding

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We are doing an outdoor ceremony and reception on a farm.  The ceremony will be on this hill with a gazebo backdrop surrounded by apple trees.  The reception is right down the hill under a giant tent surrounded by trees.  This is all happening this July and in Massachusetts, the weather could be anything.  I am taking a huge risk, but feel it could be really beautiful.  The tent can have sides put on if raining and even a/c if too hot.  Going to work out the details with the venue coordinator next weekend.  All I can do is keep my fingers crossed for beautiful weather 🙂

 

Here is a picture of the tent at night during a wedding

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My first wedding ceremony was outdoors in early Sept.  We had the reception at a country club about 5 miles away.  The weather was perfect.  If you have a backup location in case of bad weather, go for it.

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