Post # 1
I’ve found a beautiful venue. Well, two, actually. Both are “barn” type settings. We could get married out in the field and have the reception in the barn. Problem is – the barn is not heated or air conditioned. We are shooting for May 17, 2014. Ohio May weather has me terrified from booking either of these venues. I’m terrified it will be crazy May weather and hit 90 degrees and my guests will be uncomfortably hott. Or the other way – be super cold and guests need to wear coats on the dance floor (haha).
Any one else have a fear of the weather ruining their wedding? How do you get past it? or, is it better to find somewhere I won’t have to worry about this. I really can’t even think of a backup plan should the weather turn crazy.
Post # 3
@sarg88: If it looks like it’s going to be too hot or too cold you could always rent fans or those heat lamp things they have at restaurants. I’m in Columbus so I’m definitely familiar with unpredictable Ohio weather!! I think early May you should be okay though!
Post # 4
@sarg88: there’s nothing you can do to control the weather so there’s no point in worrying about it. At any time of the year, something weather-related could happen to completely ruin your wedding. it’s just the way it is.
You should be prepared with back up plans though. Look up renting heaters in case as your wedding gets closer the weather looks like it will be very cold. And those big fans in case it’s going to be super hot. Chances are you’ll be fine, but preparing ahead for the worst is definitely necessary, that way you won’t be scrambling the week of the wedding to find rentals.
Post # 5
Our wedding is on halloween, it ALWAYS rains on halloween here, I can’t remember one where it didn’t.
Our ceremony is going to be outside, but we are getting tents, whether it looks like its going to rain or not, they’ll be set up.
I’m hoping it does rain, so many opportunities for unique photos in the rain!
We are also thinking of having our wedding in a barn type building, we will be buying electric fireplaces, or even propane heaters to stay warm.
Post # 6
Not a fear of weather exactly but of an earthquake! I picked orange county so I could guarantee nice weather and then I remembered… Effing earthquakes…
I second the renting of heaters or fans if the weather is leaning on way. Are there windows or any way to provide a breeze?
Post # 7
I am a LONG time lurker who finally registered today. Not a bride, but I have a boatload of daughters and several are married.
I grew up in OH and now live in MI. I don’t think you really have to worry about 90 degree weather in May so that is half the battle won right there. We haven’t done any outdoor weddings but when the idea was batted around, the only thing I really put my foot down on was that we had to have a plan B that could be put in place with a phone call a few days out (i.e. tent rental on standby and team to set up and tear down). I didn’t want crazy pandemonium the week of the wedding because Mother Nature had bad weather plans.
I am of the mind that if you have an outdoor wedding, the weather must be your number one priority and I really encourage you not to put it on the backburner and hope for the best. Many a bride has had much luck with her outdoor wedding and many have had rain and no plan B. I am active on other forums and last year one bride on another board went with no plan B and 2 days before her wedding she had to spend hours on the phone finding a place to have it, contacting guests, etc. She said if she had had a plan B in place she would have enjoyed her wedding so much more because by the time it happened, she was exhausted from all the changes she had to make last minute.
You didn’t ask about this, but have you considered all the costs of an outdoor wedding? You have to rent and bring in everything – then you have to get it back out of there. If you get married in the field, how will you do seating for your guests? What will you do for a sound system for music, and for your guests to hear your officient and your vows? It isn’t that getting married in the field is a bad idea at all! It just takes a lot of other logistics and planning. Do you have bathroom facilities, parking facilities, and necessary electrical outlets for music, lights, and dancing, etc? I am just throwing out there what we have considered and learned with our daughters and hope it helps you.