(Closed) Late November or early February for getting married outside in Florida?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Which month for an outside wedding in Florida?
    Early February : (6 votes)
    26 %
    Late November : (17 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing bee

    As long as you plan an indoor backup location you should be fine With either choice 

    Post # 3
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    Bumble bee

    I live in FL.  

    I got married outside, late October.  November is also pleasant.  

    Early February can be COLD.  It’s 37 right now, and we aren’t that far from February.  Chances are, you won’t have it that cold, but it’s possible.  We’ve had a “cold” last few weeks.

    But, it’s also 61 in Miami.  I’m in Tampa.  Where would you be getting married?  I guess regardless though, my November vote still stands.

    Post # 4
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    rasmus:  Where in Florida are you planning to get married? Northern Florida temperatures are much different than Southern Florida. I live in Florida and I’m planning an outside ceremony as well. In addition to temperature you should also check the average rainfall during these months. 

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee

    My family went to a early October wedding, in northern Florida and the guests almost melted. The sun was blazing, into the guests’ eyes.  Guests turned their chairs around, to avoid the sun in their eyes, until the bridal party entrance. It was not pleasant = didn’t think of guest comfort.

    I’d rather wear a coat, if it was cool, because I can’t take off my clothes, if it’s too hot.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Florida is a bit of a crapshoot in the winter! I got married in Orlando in early January and we had a record cold of around 55ish for our outdoor ceremony. (We did NOT have an indoor option, haha.) It was a bit chilly, but we rented a big heater and it was fine. The ceremony was only like 20-30 minutes anyway.

    I honestly would not plan an all outdoor event for any time in Florida. It was 88 this year the days after Christmas in Orlando–that’d be way too hot to be outside for hours anyway! But if you’re doing just part of the event outdoors, I think either November or February would *most likely* be fine.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee

    November here tends to be beautiful. Fall weather is hot and drier since rainy season is generally over, and almost every day is perfect.

    Early February is a crapshoot. It’s 55 today (I live further south than Orlando) and very unpleasant outside. Fiance and I were going to go to Miami Beach this afernoon, but decided against it because it’s just too cold. 

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee

    My weather was GORGEOUS for my wedding, but we also did it at sunset.  That helped a LOT.  Our reception was also inside an air conditioned building and there was shade in the courtyard.  Our ceremony was no longer than 15 minutes.  

    If you are going to do it in November (which, I would still recommend), you need to have an indoor backup plan (even if it costs extra, mine would have been $700), and access to an air conditioned area.  You need to watch the weather all the way up to the day before.

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I live about 25 minutes north of Orlando and the last few days have been cold. I’m from the Northeast and I still think it’s cold here. Yesterday afternoon was 46 but felt like 37 according to weather app. It usually feels colder than the temperature is. Then again, the end of November this year was super hot… So I don’t know. I think it was unusually hot in November this year though and it’s usually cold here in Jan/Feb so I’d pro go with November 🙂 Congrats!

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee

    Does it have to be late November?  Any wiggle room within the month?

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    rasmus:  I used to live there and winter weather is AWESOME!! I would just make sure to have a back up plan because you are also talking hurricane season. Eeee!

    Post # 15
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2014

    rasmus:  It’s very difficult to plan on the weather here in FL, so I’d also recommend having an indoor backup. I live in the Tampa Bay area and, like some PPs said, we had an unusually hot November (high 80s and humid, miserable to be outside) and right now we’re having an unusually cold January (50s during the day, also miserable to be outside), but I’ve seen it flipped too. It’s very difficult to predict that 70 degree sweet spot with no rain. Plus, the cold in FL feels colder than elsewhere because of the humidity. I’m from Maine and last time we visited Maine in winter it was in the 20s, we came back to 50s in FL and it felt exactly the same. If I was forced to choose though, I’d go with November over February. FWIW, I got married in December in FL and it was beautiful outside. 

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