Post # 1
Me and my partner have always planned on having a rural outdoor afternoon wedding ceremony followed by an afternoon/evening outdoor reception. We’ve booked a venue but are now starting to have doubts that it will be too cold for our guests as the average min temp for that time of year is 11’C / 52’F (I know that this would be considered hot for a lot of people, but this is pretty chilly for most of our guests who are from northern Australia).
The venue has gas heaters and firepits we can use, but we’re starting to wonder if we should give up on the under-the-stars idea and either rent a marquee, or move the ceremony to the morning followed by an outdoor reception in the afternoon (when the suns still up and it’s warmer). I’m looking for some opinions on what you would do in this situation 🙂 thanks
Post # 2
I’m in the UK, so used to cold weather, and 11c would be cold for me.
However, fire up the heaters and provide shawls or blankets, and the experience would outweigh the cold.
Post # 3
I am used to hot enviroments and the cold is very uncomfortable. Besides, that makes my arthtitus flair up, god I’m old. Might be a factor if you have relatives who are prone to that.
Post # 4
Interesting thanks guys! 🙂
I’m not expecting it to be 11’C during the actual reception (since the coldest time of day is usally around 5 in the morning) it would probably be more like 15C by midnight.
These comments make me think I should get the marquee to be safe (and have all the tables and dancefloor in there), and then have a firepit outside to toast some marshmellows.
Post # 5
I definitely think you should get the marquee. You can have one side open and like you said, have the firepits etc going that people can sit around if they wish!
Post # 6
I’m in Australia and yeah that would be too cold for me. Also with the gas heaters and fir pit. They are great in the open as long as you are standing right near them and there is no wind.
I probably wouldn’t stay long at your reception and/or stay huddled around the heater. Also dancing will not be enjoyable as I would probably be wearing a coat given the temperature and outdoor location. And I am from the east coast and I remember the complaints about the cold from my relatives from the NT and FNQ at our outdoor engagement party and it was a balmy 23 degrees after a day of 30 degrees.
I say either rent the marquee or switch the time or venue of the event.
Post # 7
I’m from south-east Australia and that would be too cold for me! That said, as long as I knew I was outside and could dress appropriately I would survive. I agree that I wouldn’t be doing much dancing outside. I love the idea of the marquee and having the firepit outside for toasting marshmallows!
Post # 8
I would be fine with temps of 15, though would still wrap up (for me (and I’m from the UK and so used to colder weather) anything under 18 I need to be wearing trousers and a mid-weight jacket at the very least). At 11 I would be cold and would probably spend the event next to the heater shivering in jeans, boots, coat, hat etc. If you want a traditional reception with dancing I think you may need to rethink your venue TBH.
I get that you have a vision, but as soon as you invite guests their comfort and needs become more important. You could always have an under the stars blessing/vow renewal with just you and a photog at a later date.
Post # 9
thanks for your input. yeh im definately thinking im going to have to go with something else now. 🙂
Post # 10
I’m from Melbourne and this would be too cold for me if there was nowhere warm to escape. I’d rent the marquee – you can always leave one side open?
Post # 11
With all due respect, I can’t think of any place in the world where 52 degrees Fahrenheit would be considered hot, other than perhaps the North Pole.
Unless you can afford a bajillion outdoor gas heaters and fire pits, then yes I would say your guests would probably be uncomfortable.
Post # 12
Yeh I know, I just moved up from Melbourne to North Queensland this year. Even our winter days up here are 30’C ++ so it didn’t even cross my mind that it might get too cold…but because of the elevated altitude of the venue (it’s 40 mins out of town) apparently it does get chilly…seems ridiculous haha. I will be renting a marquee – it’s what alot of other couples having their weddings at this venue do. 🙂
Post # 13
I just went to a wedding the other weekend, and it got down to about 60 degrees Fahrenheit and it was freeeeeeeeeezing because it was also very windy. Granted a tent helped for the reception, so maybe that would be an option. It’s not fun having cold guests. All of the bridesmaids had to wear coats over their dresses. Not a good photo op moment. If you love the place, you can figure it out. 🙂 I think a fire pit would be pretty cool, but I’m a little country like that.