Post # 1
… for an outdoor ceremony?
I’ve been stalking the farmer’s almanac and accuweather.com’s 15-day forecast, and right now they’re predicting the temperature highs to be mid-60s, which means that it’ll probably be a steady high 50s, low 60s most of the day. We’re planning an outdoor ceremony at 4:30 p.m., with an outdoor cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (indoor reception). Is this too cold? Personally, I think I’ll be okay, and plan on having a pashmina wrap for cocktail hour for myself if it gets chilly, but I was worried about our guests’ comfort.
My Fiance thinks it’s perfectly fine, whereas I’m a worry wort, and wanted more opinions!
Of course, with weather being so unpredictable, it could change dramatically, so you never know!
Post # 3
I think you’ll be fine. Do the guests know that the ceremony is outside? If so, they’ll dress for the weather. If I were you, I might buy some cheap pashminas and put them at your ceremony site with a nice note for your female guests. Men will probably have a suit coat on and will be fine no matter what.
Post # 4
Yes, the guests are aware it’s an outdoor ceremony.
I didn’t think of the pashmina idea! Thanks 🙂 If I can find some cheap ones, I’ll definitely seriously consider it.
Post # 5
Okay, I’m a Californian, meaning weather-wimp, so it would be too cold for me. I went to a outdoor wedding in Carmel on a day just like you described, high 50s, low 60s. Everybody was shivering, especially the women. I was the only woman who brought a coat and you should have seen the jealous looks. Incidentally, the coat was a full-length wool winter coat too.
Post # 6
I’m thinkin’ anything under 60’s would be a bit chilly but nothing a nice shawl can’t fix. A lot of people prefer this weather. It may be the older folks that struggle. Is there a place they can go for some warmth if that’s an issue?
Post # 7
Ooh, I’ve been worried/thinking about this too. Our wedding is outside and the average temp that day is 60. So I am just telling people to bring jackets. I think if it’s sunny, it’s fine, if it’s cloudy and windy though, we will move it inside. I will also probably have shawls and hot chocolate. I really think men will be totally fine and as long as women have a jacket they should be ok for a 30 minute ceremony. People are outside in weather like that all the time. But maybe I am just trying to convince myself. haha I’d love to hear from brides or bees who had ceremonies in weather like that.
Post # 8
I’m with Kate, I think as long as people know the ceremony is outside, you should be fine. It would be a nice gesture to have shawls/pashminas for your female guests in case they’re cold. I’m from Michigan and 50-60’s wouldn’t faze me at all. In fact, I’d actually prefer that to 90 degree heat!
Post # 9
I think that you’ll be fine…sounds like good weather to get married in.
Post # 10
Hmm. Our wedding was outdoors at the end of May and we caught a chillier day, around 70 or so, maybe slightly less, but the ceremony was in the shade so it felt even cooler, especially with the breeze. My bridesmaids were freezing, though I didn’t anticipate it being so cold or I would have gotten them scarves or something 🙁 Is it possible to move the cocktail hour inside? I think people just might be more comfortable that way. (I’m from the Chicago area, so it’s not like I’m used to hot weather. I still think it would be a bit chilly!)
Post # 11
Yikes, mixed opinions!
The garden we’re getting married in tends to be a sunny spot, so I’m hoping that if it IS chilly that day, the sun will make up for it. If it’s cloudy though, we’ll contemplate moving it inside.
Post # 12
I think you’ll be fine, especially if your guests know ahead of time. We are hoping to do an outdoor ceremony (barring any rain) in New England in mid-October. The girls will have pashminas or light sweaters just in case and I am having an apple cider station at the ceremony site as well. For us mid-October could be Indian summer and be in the 70s-80s or it could be 50.
Post # 13
Just give your guests a heads up and it would be fine. People do winter weddings in the snow-covered fields too. During the outdoor cocktail hr, is there some heat lamp/bon fire sort of thing?
Post # 14
Don’t forget that the temp will drop during your cocktail hour since it’s later in the day…
Post # 15
People from NY and the midwest are used to cold. You may just want to spread the word. As long as your ceremony is not long, they should be OK. Many wedding guests have sat through rain for an outdoor ceremony, so I wouldn’t worry too moch.
Post # 16
I think the weather actually sounds lovely!!! I have visions of cozy wraps and heat lamps =]