(Closed) I need some advice…

posted 7 years ago in Dallas
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

@lefowler83:  Do you have enough family/friends to help?  Or enough money to hire it out?  That would be best.  You don’t want to have to worry about it on your wedding day!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Oh my goodness, it will be SO hot at noon in the middle of July outside. How long will your ceremony be? I think if you hire people, the timing will be totally fine. I just worry that your guests will absolutely melt, let alone you in the dress!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011 - Samuel Lynne Galleries and Marc Events

As far as set-up time, 3-4 hours is definitely enough time if you hire out for it. But, I was going to say the same thing as Miss Peanut about the heat. I would definitely worry about your guests being outside for a mid-day, July wedding. Even though the ceremony won’t be all that long, they will arrive early, and could be out in the sun for nearly an hour. The summers in Dallas can be really miserable and at noon, the sun is going to be directly overhead.

I would also check with the venue about their cleaning policy to see if they do a professional cleaning between events (floors, bathrooms, etc.) or if they just rely on the people booking the space to clean up after themselves. If that’s the case, you would be at the mercy of the folks who had an event there the night before, and if they didn’t do a thorough cleaning for whatever reason, 3-4 hours would be tight, unless you hired a service to come in and clean.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I completely understand having a vision, trust me! But if you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding, I have to encourage you to change the date. Texas summers are absolutely brutal, I would go work out at 6 in the morning this summer and it was already 85-90 degrees some days when I finished at 7. If I were a guest, I probably would not pay attention to your ceremony at all, I would be grumbling at how insanely hot it was and just wishing they would hurry up and get it over with! I’m sorry, I know this isn’t what you want to hear. 🙁

Post # 9
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Busy bee

If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony in July, I would think 10am is the latest you’d want to do it based on the heat. You’d also want to pay attention to the orientation of the ceremony chairs and make sure they’re not facing the rising sun. If you used the screened-in area before the ceremony to offer cold drinks and had fans for the programs, that would be really nice for your guests. Is there a way that you could pay to have access to the venue before 8am? If you have reliable people taking care of things and if setup could start at 6am, I think everything could be ready for guests to start arriving for a 10am ceremony. You would need a planner/coordinator and a really detailed plan, though.

Have you thought about doing the ceremony at a church in the area and having the reception only at Winfrey Point so there’s no outdoor setup required? Then the reception could start later in the day and you’d have less setup stress to worry about. I have had several friends get married at local churches and then everyone headed to Winfrey Point for the reception after.

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