Post # 1
So, because of parents’ schedules, we chose October 2nd wedding outside of Harrisburg, PA. It has been both of our dreams to have an outdoor wedding and reception. We are haivng a 3pm wedding with a reception under a pavillion (roof, no walls).
Historical data says that the average max temp is 67 degrees! When we chose the date, the temp outside was in the 30s…now that we are having 90 degree days, 67 seems absolutely freezing!
Three questions for the group!
Is 67 degrees cold or only a bit chilly?
Do those outdoor resaturant heaters work? How many do you need for 120 people?
Any other advice?
Thanks a lot!
Post # 3
I don’t think 67 would be too super cold… but you can’t count on it being that. We ended up having half of our guests outside and having the older guests inside (we kept the door open so people could just go in and out) and we had 3 heaters for the 40ish people outside. we placed them carefully… made sure i got one and one was near all the babies.
Post # 4
I would rent a few heaters. You can get them from really any place that rents out tents.
Post # 5
If you can hang curtains or some sort of walls on the pavillion, it will make it a lot warmer as well. Many places will rent curtains that you can roll up or pull back if it’s warmer, and then drop down as it cools. Stopping any wind and trapping body heat will make guests feel a lot warmer!
Post # 6
I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Make sure people know it’s an outdoor wedding and to dress accordingly. As far as heaters go, you shouldn’t need too many since that heat will go long way when it’s 67 degrees.
Post # 7
I think you should definitely rent heaters. The worst thing that can happen if you rent them is that you won’t need them. If you don’t rent them and its freezing, you will be kicking yourself for that. The average might be 67, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t theoretically be 50. I went to my friends wedding in Sept where it was gorgeous and warm during the ceremony but once the sun went down it was absolutely freezing outside. The fact that she had sides to the tent and heaters saved the day. If she hadn’t, I would have been miserable – even with my pashmina etc.
Post # 8
My best friend got married on Colombus Day weekend last year in an outdoor ceremony. The weather was gorgeous! Don’t let average temps freak you out. It will likely be higher than the average (since some freak really cold years draw the average down). I just looked it up and it was about 68 degrees the day of my friend’s wedding. Not warm, but fine with a sweater! I would definitely make sure to warn your guests the ceremony and reception are outdoors. Another idea is to get some cheap $5 pashmina shawls from ebay and have them available for women who came unprepared (since its bound to happen), if your budget allows for it. Also, don’t underestimate body heat! Depending on how many people you have, that should also account for some natural heat. I think you’ll be ok. It’s never a bad idea to get a few heaters as a backupo, but save the receipt because you might not need them.
Post # 9
I would definitely rent a few heaters and maybe spread the word to bring a sweater or shawl.
Post # 10
67 degrees is perfect weather to me, but maybe let people know that it will be outdoors so they can dress appropriately, or provide shawls at the reception.
Post # 11
Talk to the people you rent the heaters from to find out how many square feet the are good for then rent according to the size pavillion you have. The curtain idea sounds cool too, if nothing else it would give a “cozier” feel to the pavillion. The way I figure it, by the time early October rolls around people are usually in full-on “fall” mode and used to the temps. As long as they know it’s an outdoor weading everyone should show up dressed accordingly. I’ll have to remember my own advice here next year when I’m going through the same thought process for our outdoor 10/01 reception. 😉