(Closed) March wedding in Ohio? Is it smart?

posted 8 years ago in Columbus, Ohio
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Depends on what part of Ohio you’re talking about.  Northern Ohio has a much higher chance of nasty weather that time of year.  A few years ago I stayed in Toledo over the weekend when a March snowstorm settled in.  It took me 4 hours to get back to Columbus. 

I’m not a meterologist, but I have lived in Ohio most of my life.  You probably have a 1 in 4 shot that weather would prevent long-distance travel.  That means last-minute cancels or no-shows that would nullify the money you saved in the first place.

If the wedding was local, I’d say go for it.  But since so many guests are traveling a long distance, I would stick with the original date.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We’re getting married on March 5th in Cincinnati and hoping for the best!  It might snow.  It might rain.  It might be 62 and sunny!  Who knows!!  Like Scottielass said, the chances of people not being able to travel is pretty slim. 

If the true savings is only $400 and you want to get married in July, then wait!  However, our savings has been MUCH more than that because of the off season date.  Good luck! 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It depends?

Are you planning on having it outside?  If so, I’d say “no” to march.

What city are you looking at planning your wedding in?

If you are taking about Cleveland & you are worried about pictures, you can pay a small fee to take your pictures inside the botanical gardens.  You can have pictures taken inside the historical center, which is a beautiful old mansion (also at University Circle).  You can take photos inside the Arcade Downtown.

If the wedding and the reception are indoors, I think you can plan on just about any month.  Yes, there could be snow or sleet, but you can have alternatives for photographs.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I grew up in southeastern Ohio and my sister got married back home. Her shower was also back home during March. A blizzard whipped up the morning of and many guests ended up unable to make it. I’m not sure how many, but it was definitely in the dozens range. And I don’t mean just guests from 2 hours away–I mean guests from like the next town over, 10 minutes away. I don’t think I’d chance it. The weather in March is just too unpredictable.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I agree, city matters! As does your expectations. I am getting married Feb 26 in Columbus and I am definitely scared of the random blizzard coming through… but in Columbus its a lot more rare than Cleveland so I’m going for it. If I was having it in Cleveland I would’ve been more concerned about late February. 

I would say if your only concern is travel, you are probably okay. I can only remember one time in the past five or so years that the airports/roads got closed down that late… and it was in April! I would definitely not have an outside wedding though, and would definitely not count on doing pictures outdoors. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I grew up in CLE and that’s where my wedding is.  I would say spend the $400 and have it in July.  If it is in northern OH, you are almost guaranteed icky weather.  A blizzard is still very likely.  Yes, it could be an ugly day in July, but at least people will be able to travel.  You are spending too much money on other things to have the day completely ruined by a bad snowstorm.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think anywhere in Ohio March is hit or Miss for the weather.  I live in southwestern Ohio and every year besides 2010 we’ve had a blizzard sometime in March.  But it could be 65 and beatiful as well.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I agree with the PP, if it is in northeast Ohio, do it in July! I have to white-knuckle the driving around here through April, I have been here 16 years and it’s still scary!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

It really depends the area your thinking of. I’ve had two sets of friends get married in March, in northern ohio and they lucked out w/great weather. It was very pretty and for a lot of the guests it was like the first formal event of the year! Also when it snows in March, it doesn’t seem to be nearly as bad as in January or Febuary.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

And by the way, a FINE good morning to all you Ohio BEES 🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@Ella1978 Top of the morning to ya! 🙂

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Not to scare you but I took this picture on March 9, 2008 in Columbus:

 

Just don’t get married outside, and hopefully you will be okay. However, if $400 isn’t a TON of money to you, I would stick with July.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I went to school in Southeastern Ohio… and for only $400… I would stick with a summer date. March can be miserable! 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am on the fence.  Let’s face it, no one goes to Ohio for the weather regardless if it’s spring or summer!!  You will obviously have a better chance for better weather in July but if your guests have to attend a lot of other weddings next summer, March could be a better option with fewer date conflicts. 

(FYI i live in NYC but got married first weekend of may in cleveland.  the weather was pretty dismal that week but we lucked out on wedding day)

 

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