(Closed) How cold is too cold for an outdoor ceremony?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

mrspalamarchuk :  I think that temperature is fine. We went to an outdoor weding, fairly recently, that was in the same weather. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’m also in NorCal, having our wedding late July in Monterey so I’m dealing with the same level of chilly as you are. Average day/night temp of 67/54 for July, so we are having “outdoor reception to follow” on the invites. We are also renting a plethora of heaters. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I wouldn’t go colder than 60-65F. And make sure the fact that it is outdoors is very clear on the invitations and website so that people dress accordingly. 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

65 is completely fine.  I think 45 is a pushing it.  A lot of it depends on how long the ceremony actually is – 10 minutes, meh, I’ll deal.  30 minutes at 45 degrees would be rough. 

No need to tell guests to bring a sweater.  People will check the weather and dress appropriately.  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

teacher-bee-in-the-sea :  54 is way too cold to be comfortable for an outdoor reception. I’d strongly rethink this option. I like the cold and would still be miserable. And the food will be cold. And a reception is much much longer than a ceremony. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I’m in the Bay Area. Last October there were a couple 90 degree days and I believe only two were just under 65 degrees. But we live in contra costa county so its generally warmer than other parts. If you’re getting married around San Francisco or in the South Bay then it may or may not be considered chilly depending on the day. You also have a small chance of rain in October so keep that in mind if your event is outdoors. 🙂 Californians are weather spoiled for sure. This is pretty much spot on to how my friends feel about the weather. 😅

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

This might be a good thing to put on your wedding website, if you have one.  California, especially northern, has so many microclimates and out-of-area guests could easily be caught unawares.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

chocochai :  Thanks for the heads up. I am a bit worried about the cold factor too. I’m hoping that with the venue being surrounded by vegetation and a cottage it will cut the wind, the heaters will do their job, the blankets I’m renting will be utilized, people will bring jackets and enough dancing will happen to warm them up. There is an indoor portion to the venue but it’s not big enough for the reception, just a bunch of comfy couches and chairs if people want to relax inside. Do you think that’s enough or would you really switch venues?

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

How long is your ceremony, and will the cocktail hour/reception be outdoors as well, or indoors?

I got married in October in Vermont; it was sunny and ~60 during the day. We had our short ceremony and cocktail hour outdoors, and the reception indoors. We got very lucky with the weather, which many of our guests commented on — “what a beautiful day, perfect weather” etc.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

mrspalamarchuk :  The first time I visited California it was midsummer – I had come from the east coast and basically felt like it was early March for half of my trip, until we’d gone up to Canada and I’d adjusted.  So if you have people from more humid climates, they may feel quite a bit different about how cold 65 is, especially at the beach, say, or if it’s cloudy or breezy.  However, it wouldn’t stop me from attending an outdoor wedding.  I’d be less likely to wear a dress and would probably be in slacks, but I think you can depend on adults to figure out what sort of clothing they need to be comfortable.  (alternatively, 65 in the desert on a sunny day where I live now is flipping hot, lol)

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

teacher-bee-in-the-sea :  Eh, my parents went to a wedding in Northern California where the temps were around 65 during the day and then dropped into the 50s at night for the reception. The whole thing was outside and they were freezing! And they’re from Chicago. There were heaters but it just didn’t cut it. Most guests left early and my parents still talk about it years later in  negative way. 

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