(Closed) Has anyone had or having an open air reception?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

We did… kind of. It was our plan to have the ceremony in the courtyard of a B&B, then have them turn the space over during cocktail hour for the reception.

But since we got married in Feb in Fl the weather wasn’t as warm as we expected. We still had the ceremony outside, but then put half of the guests (the older ones) inside and kept the younger guests outside with heaters. It worked out fine, we just kept the door open and the courtyard was right outside of the inside room so people could still go mingle with each other easily. And we still did most things outside, like dancing and cake, but we kept the buffet inside so the food wouldn’t get cold.

I think as long as you have a plan b for weather, it’s nice to have an outside reception!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

What is the weather like at that time of year (generally)?  What time of day is your reception?  Obviously, you can’t predict rain this far out, but if it’s sunny and hot your guests will roast.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ours was open air, just bulb lights strung from the trees. Worked out great for us, but we had a back up plan to move everything into the house if it rained.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are planning one, but we’re doing it in a location and time of year with very reliable weather.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would have loved this, but my first venue didn’t have a plan B for the rain and my new venue is just too beautiful inside to not have the reception there!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Like others have said, you need to be careful of the weather.  It’s probably not the best idea to hold the reception outside if your location has an average high of 100 degrees at that time of year, and you should probably rethink things if it’s the rainiest time of year.

I went to a wedding a couple weeks ago that had an open-air reception.  Unfortunately, it was extremely hot, as it always is this time of year.  The bride’s grandmother passed out because of the heat, and she left the reception in an ambulance.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I really wanted to do this but everyone talked me out of it.  It was also a big problem when it came to our other rentals because the rental company would not allow you to rent without absolutely knowing their tables, dance floor etc were going to be under cover.  They also would not allow us to rent a dance floor at all without a tent.  Just something to consider.  I was just going to have umbrella tables for the older folks to make them more comfortable.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We are having one (hopefully). I love the look and feel of the outside courtyard at our venue. The venue will tent the area if it rains, I’m crossing my fingers that it won’t (and not allocating the tent in our budget.)

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We are doing ours on the huge uncovered deck of our venue. I’m hoping for nice weather. It generally doesn’t get much warmer than 80’s in summer here. It usually cools down pretty quickly at night and tends to be cloudy too which helps with heat. We do have an indoor backup option but I refuse to use it unless its pouring. I’ve always wanted an outdoor ceremony and reception. My only concern other than rain is that it won’t be as warm as I’d like cuz the weather has been so weird this year. Over half the receptions I’ve been to have been open air so its fairly common here. As long as the weather is generally nice that time of year I say go for it! But I suggest an indoor or tented backup plan.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We decided to forgo the tent because of the expense. We’ve planned to have both the ceremony and the reception outside, but if it rains we’ll bring everything into the house. The house is small though, so I really really hope that doesn’t happen

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We’re doing our whole wedding outdoors. My parents have a house in Napa that has space for entertaining out in their yard. 

I would suggest trying to get a quote for a cocktail reception. We’re doing heavy appetizers and beer/wine with lots of dancing. It’s cut down rental/catering costs a lot!

We don’t have a plan B, because it doesn’t rain in August in Napa. I think we’ll have the opposite problem of it being too hot!

Let us know how your search goes!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@ruby13: ohh…I wouldn’t worry about copying if it works with your budget! But that’s just me…

No one will be hungry at our wedding…we’re going to have 4 ‘stations’ with different themes – one will be a pulled pork/rosemary chicken/tri tip sandwich area, one will have tons of kebabs, one will be antipastos/cheeses/meats, and tons of different desserts. You just have to make sure you have the right portions of each thing, and no one will be hungry.

The other thing is that we’re limiting our reception to 3 hours. And most of that will be taken up with dancing/mingling. The food will be a small part of what people will be doing..

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