Post # 1
We are getting married in November and are really feeling a lot of pressure to book something already. We live far away and our guests will be coming from far away, so we need to be able to send out save the dates soon. So far we’ve found this venue: https://ridgeviewvenue.com. There are more photos here on their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgeviewvenuenc/. We like it, but if you look closely at the photos, it’s kind of half-closed, half-open. It DOES have a giant stone fireplace, and shades pull down all around. There are four walls…they just don’t all connect if that makes any sense, lol. Other than that we really love the style, and it’s in-budget and includes a lot. What I’m worried about is people being cold. There IS a stone fireplace and they do have some heaters, and we could rent more heaters if we wanted to. I looked up the temps for last November in Asheville and it was between the 30s and 50s around that time. We are planning on having an evening reception. What does everyone think? Will it be too cold? I’m having a really hard time gauging how it will feel with the heaters, and fireplace running with the shades down. Has anyone had any experience with this? Any help or advice anyone can offer would be super appreciated.
Thank you all so much! This board has been so helpful already.
Post # 4
That’s way too cold for something not fully insulated.
Post # 5
I live an hour south of Asheville, it would be way too cold.
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2022 - Maui
Can you talk to the venue about getting heaters between the tables, or better yet, getting them to put you in touch with another former November bride to see what they thought? Maybe find a local FB group and pose the question to them to see if anyone has attended a wedding there during this time?
Post # 8
It looks beautiful, but that sounds downright awful. I assume when you say the temperatures were 30-50 that the HIGH was 50, low was 30. The high will happen at 2pm ish, and it just goes downhill from there. That means when people are eating dinner it could be 30F, which is below freezing! Even if each table had a personal heater, that is wayyyy to cold for a semi-outdoor reception.
Post # 9
Too cold. You’d need so many heaters they would be all you’d see.
Post # 10
Is the barn itself in any way climate-controlled? It doesn’t look like it, but it might be more finished than the pictures show.
Also, is it drafty? If you have the correct kind of space heaters, the barn may be airtight enough to support keeping the temperature more comfortable. The doors to the fireplace area would need to be kept closed, though. Would that ruin the aesthetic for you?
Post # 11
When was the last time you went out for dinner and dancing in a formal dress and asked the venue to turn down the heat to just above freezing?
Having a stone fireplace in a building without walls is like trying to heat all of North Carolina.
Post # 12
WAY too cold. I went to an outdoor, fully tented (four walls that connected) evening reception that had heavy-duty heaters in Virginia in April a few years ago and we still left early because of how cold it was (rainy and ~45-50 degrees outside at night). The whole night, there were groups of people standing in front of the heaters, huddling for warmth…and subsequently blocking the heat from being distributed evenly.