(Closed) Garden/Outside Wedding Bees, please help me ease my mind! Regrets?

posted 7 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Garden/Outdoor Wedding: Did I make the right choice?

    Yes I had a garden/outdoor wedding and so happy I made the choice!

    Yes, I had a garden/outdoor wedding but it was a BIG mistake!

    No, I opted out of an outdoor wedding.


  • Post # 2
    3709 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Where in the South are you located exactly? I live in Mississippi, and you couldn’t pay me to have an outdoor wedding during peak hurricane season as well as the hottest month of the year typically. Think of your guests’ as well as your own comfort level. I think it’s good you have a back up option in case of rain.. But the heat would be my biggest concern. I’d hate to look back at pictures and see sweaty faces, wilting hair, and melted make up. 

    Post # 3
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I had a private garden wedding last month and it was PERFECT!! But I never wanted to get married inside. Even when it was calling for rain and the venue was telling us about the backup plan (inside the tent where the reception was) I refused and said it would be OUTSIDE no matter what hahah. It ended up being a sunny and gorgeous day!

    It’s great that your venue has an indoor back-up plan. Have you seen pictures of weddings there?

    As far as for bugs…since my venue was designed as an outdoor wedding venue so they had lots of beautiful bug repellent ornaments and whatnot. I didn’t see a single bug and we were right by water and a marsh. Ask your venue if they have anything to prevent bugs. If not you could also have some bug spray for your guests.

    All in all, no regrets here and I would do it all again in a heartbeat!

    Post # 4
    6458 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Where in the South are you, and what is your exact date?  What’s the venue like RIGHT NOW?  We got married outside, but in June, in New Husband.  It was still hot, and some of our guests who crank the air conditioning up (excessively, in my opinion), complained.  Pretty much everyone else was fine, though.  However…I was in New Orleans in early September last year, and I would NOT have wanted to be at a wedding outside at that time.  

    Post # 6
    8602 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I’m having a southern garden wedding as well. Tent reception. Barn is the rain plan. I went with late Sept when the humidity and temperatures aren’t as intense but it’s still warm. Also the driest month of the year (in KY anyway).

    You just have to let go and see what happens- and mentally prepare yourself that rain can happen and thats okay- it will still be beautiful and memorable. You can still go outside for pictures with umbrellas- it makes for really romantic pics. And your indoor rain plan isn’t cramped… It’s intimate 🙂 It’s all about just letting go and realizing your day will be perfect rain or shine. Because thats not what matters! 


    Post # 8
    8602 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

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    ComputerLove06:  yes thank you and happy planning to you too! 

    Its just a futile effort to worry about the weather. Best just to come to terms with the “worst” that could happen- rain or shine it’ll be gorgeous! Im going to check the weather before and if it’s looking like rain I’ll order cute white or silver Wellies and clear umbrellas. And candles/jars to light our cramp…err… romantic and intimate ceremony!

    Look at these dreamy pics. And they say it’s good luck 🙂 And you could have a rainbow! Wouldn’t that be glorious. 

    30 Romantic Rainy Wedding Day Photos


    Post # 10
    1306 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

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    ComputerLove06:  We had an outdoor welcome party, then the next day an outdoor ceremony and reception in cali (so dry heat) and the high was 92 on the day we got married.  It was simply AMAZING and I wouldn’t change it for anything.  Guests LOVED it. 

    We started at 5pm when there wasn’t going to be direct sunlight on the entire ceremony area (but there was still some) so we put sandalwood fans on every other chair for guests.  Even though it was hot, everybody was alright.  The only serious consideration was that some of the bridesmaids’ dress materials and styles clung to them and eventually their sweat showed through during pics.  Those ceremony fans also came in very handy once we started dancing.  I was the only one who got crazy hot while dancing (my dress was not light/flowy- it was the enzoani dakota) but I’m a hot person anyway and had already tested and tried out my makeup for hours and through workouts, so there was not an issue.  There was also zero percent chance of rain in our area.  I picked the date almost completely based on what was best for being outside in that area because our venue had no indoors alternative at all.

    Post # 12
    1955 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

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    ComputerLove06:  My husband and I were married outside in NC in May and I would totally do it again. Our day was overcast, but it didn’t rain. With cloudy/rainy days there are some great photo opportunities! You have a rain plan, which is always important! Like others have said have some bug spray, sunscreen and plenty of water available. Your guests should be fine for the ceremony. 

    Post # 13
    250 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Hi!  I was married in Charlotte on July 4th (2010) at Freedom Park.  It was hot but I would do it again in a heartbeat.  Not a soul complained to me…we had Ben & Jerry’s set up an ice cream cart outside so that may have helped ease the pain of the heat.  You will be fine!

    Post # 14
    119 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I was married in a barn, but I voted yes because it was supposed to be in a field! We had a beautiful day, but it POURED for only the 30 min when our ceremony was supposed to be. All of our guests huddled together under umbrellas and took the tractor back down to the barn, my husband and his groomsmen brought down the arch. The caterer moved the reception benches, and we got married in the barn! It turned out to be the most beautiful, intimate, lovely wedding. It was perfect.

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