Post # 1
DC is really hot and humid in July so I’m super worried about the heat, thunderstorm, and mosquitoes. We plan to start the ceremony at 5pm and reception to follow immediately after. I know we can’t control the weather but July brides, past and future, please share your thoughts/tips/advice?
Post # 3
If you are doing it at 5pm, then make sure you have plenty of bug spray or guests will get eaten alive. That’s the worst time for bugs.
Post # 4
I’m having my backyard wedding/reception in July in Kentucky. 2 days before we are having someone come out and spray for mosquitos. Going to have bug spray on hand, too. Also getting 4 30-inch base fans to sit at the corners of the tent.
Haven’t planned for sidewalls for the tent or anything in case of rain, so here’s hoping it won’t rain ahaha.
Like you, we are planning a 5 pm cocktail hour, with a 6:15 ceremony, with the reception immediately following.
Both ceremony and reception are in the same location.
Post # 5
@Orionpkmyz: I wouldnt do it. I went to an outdoor wedding and reception in upstate NY. But it was high 80’s and high humidity. The heat was just oppessive. People left early. Bridesmaid or Best Man passed out from the heat during the reception.
Post # 6
@Orionpkmyz: I absolute HATE the heat, so I would be super uncomfortable going to an outdoor wedding during the (almost) hottest month of the year at the hottest time of the day. You don’t want the one thing people remember about your wedding to be how hot and miserable it was. If you do it, make sure it’s tented so the guests will never have to be in the direct sunlight.
Also, keep in mind that YOU have to deal with the heat, too, which could possibly make for some sweaty, sticky, make-up-runny pictures for both you and your wedding party. And wedding dresses are already miserably hot even without the added July heat.
Post # 7
Is there a reason you’re looking at July? You can definitely do it, but it’s the hottest part of the summer. I did an outdoor, bakcyard wedding in KY starting at 5 PM in September and it was really hot. It would have been hotter in July. I might have still done it, but definitely plan for heat. That being said, we have a huge 4th of July party every year that is outdoors and people manage so it’s not like it’s impossible. (but we do encourage people to take a jump in our creek to cool down!). Here are some thoughts:
- I would get a tea length or knee length wedding gown – Mine was pretty light and didn’t have a train and it was still super hot. In July I would absolutely avoid floor length.
- Also, definitely wear your hair up – it’ll get sweaty if you wear it down.
- I would also go with a causal wedding and stress this to guests so that they can dress comfortably.
- Make sure everything will be in the shade, including the ceremony – this is really the most important thing for heat
- Provide ice water (and possibly other drinks) from the very start so people don’t dehydrate or overheat
- We did our programs as hand fans and this was a big hit. Two birds, one stone!
- Provide sun screen and nice smelling bug spray (if you look around there are some that smell really nice and floral)
- Maybe consider pushing everything back another hour. The sun will be up late at that time of year and so it won’t cool down until later as well. You could do 5, but if you’re thinking of going earlier or later – go later!
Post # 9
I know nothing about DC, but the words hot and humid disgust me so as a guest I’d probably hate it. I absolutely despise hot humid weather – 75F is about my happy tolerance.