(Closed) HELP! Is May too hot for an outdoor Florida wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 18
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@FutureLadyL:  Do the ceremony right at sunset (starting around 7:30pm) so that the reception doesn’t start until after the sun goes down.  Once the sun goes down, it should cool down to a comfortable temperature.  Then your only issue is the potential for rain.

Post # 19
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If you do it in the evening you will be fine. I would steer clear of anything between the hours of 12-5. Does the venue have a rain plan?

Post # 20
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@FutureLadyL:  I know you really want this, but don’t do it! Late May is definitely too late for an outdoor wedding here. 

During the day, the only reason the sun won’t be blazing down is if it’s raining. 

In the evening, on the water, it will be oppressively humid. Plus you’ll get even alive by mosquitoes!

Post # 23
3196 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Honestly I would prefer a Friday wedding if they have any availability. Every Sunday wedding I’ve been to a lot of people have left early. We had a Friday wedding and people told us they were glad we chose Friday and not Sunday because then they still had the whole weekend to hang out/recover/travel. 

Post # 24
32 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

@FutureLadyL:  I went to a wedding in Sarasota last May (I’m assuming your dream venue is the Ringling Museum?) and it was almost unbearable until the sun went completely down. 

Post # 25
32 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

@FutureLadyL:  the dinner being inside might be okay though. The one I went to was completely outdoors ceremony, cocktail hour, reception including dinner

Post # 26
364 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I know people have already told you but…. Way too hot! Especially if you aren’t from here and used to it. Our wedding was May 18th on a golf course but all indoors. We could barely go out long enough for pictures without the guys melting in their tuxes (and everyone is from here and “used” to the heat). Girls don’t think as much about it because we get to wear dresses and on average don’t run as hot but let me just tell you that the guys were burning up in their tuxes. It is definitely cooler by the water and at night but the temp doesn’t drop drastically when the sun goes down and the humidity never goes away 🙂 As for your new question – I think a Friday wedding would be wonderful, unless the Sunday is also a holiday weekend. Do they have Sunday in Feb for Washington’s birthday? Hope it works out for you!

Post # 27
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had an outdoor wedding on the water in the shade in Florida in June and it was fine. I also wore a huge ball gown. We had a 20 min ceremony at 5:30. Then went inside for dinner and had the rest of the reception outside after dark. No one complained. We provided water and fans for everyone. We also had a Friday wedding. People actually liked it because they could enjoy the rest of the weekend at the beach while they were there. I think Friday is better than Sunday. 

Post # 28
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FutureLadyL:  Sorry things didn’t work out quite as you imagined. Believe me, I’ve been to my share of outdoor Florida weddings… and maybe ONE of those times I would consider pleasant to be outside (Miami in December, during a “cold snap!”) The others were like… no way. If your guests are not comfortable, they’re not going to be able to appreciate all the work you put into the details… they’ll just be wondering when it’s going to be over :/

If I were an out of town guest, I would be fine with a Sunday. I’d just be taking Monday off from work instead of the Friday before. A Friday may be another option for the reasons the PP gave above.

Good luck!

Post # 29
4029 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I live in Sarasota, FL and I’ll say this: An outdoor ceremony is going to be hot. Period. But you know what? People will get over it. Florida is hot 10 months out of the year and it isn’t as if the ceremony will last longer than an hour. I’ve been to a dozen outdoor, summer, FLORIDA weddings and we sweated our tatas off, but by the time we got inside for the reception, it was but a distant memory.

Knowing how hot it will be, this is what I’ll suggest that will possibly help balance out the situation:

1. Have sunglasses or program-fans that guests can use to keep themselves cool;

or 2. See if the venue will provide cold drinks as guests walk in. 

Either of those will let your guests know you appreciate how hot they are going to be and appreciate that they came out anyways to watch you get married. 

As for a Sunday wedding, I’ve been to one before and found it a little annoying myself because I wasn’t able to take the next day off. Therefore, as the ceremony started winding down at 7pm, all I could think was that I’d have to be up in 11-hours. My poor SO, who works at 430AM and also could not get the next day off, was slumping asleep by the time they opened up the dance floor. It isn’t ideal, but again, those that care enough about you will gripe a little but eventually suck it up and deal. And if they can get the next day off, hey, even better! 

Also, the difference between a Sunday ceremony in March/April as opposed to Saturday May ceremony? Not enough to warrant the move all together. Remember, we were all still sweating buckets in December this year, so like I said, HOT. ALL. THE. TIME.

As a side note, I’m curious about the venue…Do you feel comfortable sharing?

Post # 30
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

We got married in December at Disney and the weather was perfect…maybe you could move your date up? Or back a bit?

Post # 31
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I got married in May in Clearwater and it wasn’t terribly hot. But we had water/fans for all the guests and we got married at 7pm

Now my friend got married in Ft Lauderdale at 1pm in June and it was MISERABLE

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