(Closed) May Warm Enough For Outdoor Wedding Near Ottawa?

posted 7 years ago in Ottawa, Canada
Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

Late May….should be warm enough for sure!  Good luck!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I can’t remember two Mays being the same in terms of weather – one year, it’ll be rainy and cold all month, the next it’ll be sunny and warm.  I say chance it – I know my brother lucked out a few years ago, and got married on pretty much the only nice weekend all summer!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

The end of May should definitely be warm enough; but I would prepare an alternate inside location for the ceremony, as the May long weekend is quite often a rainy or excessively windy one.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it might be a little chilly (sorry).

My family cottage is halfway between Carelton Place and Perth. The May 24 weekend would always be our weekend to open it up for the summer.

My memories tell me it was always chilly weekend: even if it were warmer in the city (I grew up in Gatineau).  Nice in the sunshine at noon, but the wind off the lake was FRIGID – we would definitely be in long pants, multiple sweaters, jackets and sometimes mitts & hats.

 

But as long as your wedding party & your guests are dressed appropriately, and the ceremony isn’t long and not early morning or late afternoon you could pull it off.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@julies1949: I would protest the “warm enough to swim”.

Every year my eldest cousin & I would have to swim the weighted end of the pump out ~30′ from the shoreline, so we could have running water.  (leaving it in would mean it was destroyed by the ice).

Even with our wetsuits on, this was an ugly, dreaded, FREEZING task: the water is still ice-cold.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s definately warm enough but you will have to have a wet weather plan ready…. I guess you need that any time of year

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

one word: black flies. May-June is TERRIBLE for black flies…. so beware.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re getting married on the 19th of May in Ottawa and we opted for an inside wedding for all of the reasons people above stated:

1.  The weather in Ottawa is SO sketchy it could possibly be below 10 degrees celcius that day.

2.  The weather in Ottawa is SO sketchy it could possibly be above 30 degrees celcius that day.

3.  It could be pouring rain.

4.  The black flies could be bad.

I think the main issue is the lovely Ottawa weather.  So unpredictable!

 

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Cappugcino:  Yep, it’s warm enough for an outdoor wedding. People might need a vest or shawl, but that’s ok.  Just be sure to have a rain plan in case Smile.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

My siser got married in the County at the end of May and it juuuust chilly enough that us bridesmaids were cold in our halter dresses standing by the lake. The grandmas required blankets but for the most part, the appropriately dressed people were warm.

That being said, I’d spread the word that people should come prepared with jackets/shawls, or provide a few wraps for those who didn’t think ahead!

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