October Outdoor Wedding in Iowa. Convince me this is a good idea.

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Newbee

Both my daughters married in October in Nebraska. One was the 25 and it was a gorgeous 72 and evening in the sixties. It was indoors so it was nice but not necessary. Second daughter got married on the 30th, gray and raining all day, chilly, she had heaters in a semi outdoor venue, some people got too cold but most hung in there, it’s just so hard to know ahead of time, the weather could go either way. I think you will be fine since its enclosed with heaters. 

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Buzzing bee

I’m in Iowa. I don’t see any issue.

Post # 4
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Newbee

I think you will be ok with October. I went to a October wedding in Minnesota a few years ago that was in a barn and all was well. There is the possibly of snow in October but it sounds like you will have heaters and such. Guests should know to dress accordingly for a fall wedding I think October is a pretty time of year to get married especially with the fall leaves! We are getting married October 21, 2017 and my future mother in law made a comment but at the end of the day that is when we want to get married. Go with what you as a couple would like to do! 🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

It should be fine for a few reasons..

#1 October 28th is my wedding day ( except this year) so clearly all future weddings on 10/28 are going to be perfect

#2 As long as the ceremony is under 30 minutes guests can suck it up if it is cold

#3 It’s the midwest and you my have a super warm 65-70 day

#4 If it’s cold guests can bundle up- just make sure everyone knows it’s outdoors a head of time

#5 If it’s cold you can provide warm drinks like apple cider and hot coco with the option of getting it spiked ( who wouldn’t like that)

#6 It’s your GD wedding and you ca do whatever you dam well please 🙂

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’d check Accuweather’s extended forecast  and historical average for my specific date and city. Here’s Des Moines 2016:  http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/des-moines-ia/50316/october-weather/328810  and historical: http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/des-moines-ia/50316/month/328810?monyr=10/01/2017

For example, October 28 in Des Moines historically has an average high of 58* which really is a bit chilly, and that’s the high. Once it gets past 3:30 or so and it starts cooling down, it’s going to get cold quickly.

Contrary to the popular opinion on Weddingbee, you can’t really do whatever you damn well please for your wedding once you start inviting other people; once there’s guests invited, you have to be aware of their comfort, and sitting in a barn in 45* weather isn’t exactly comfortable for most folks, even with some space heaters. If you want people to enjoy themselves and to stick around, you have to make them as comfortable as they can be.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We’re having a midwestern outdoor October wedding. Have you looked at any calendars with the historical averages and records for your dates? We picked ours because even the records were in a reasonable range. I mean, I really don’t want to tie that record low of 38, but with heaters, we can make it work. The averages actually sound like ideal weather for an outside wedding.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

mrsrekraps22 :  guests can suck it up – guests can bundle up

Wow aren’t you just a great host!

OP – Just have a back up plan. What if it’s not just cold, but snowing/raining? Surely you don’t expect people to sit outside for that? I think the barn (enclosed) *should* be fine with heaters, but not ideal if it is inclement weather.

Keep a few things in mind: Even if your ceremony is short, guests will likely arrive more than 30seconds before it starts. So that means being outside for 10-30m before your ceremony + ceremony time. If the barn is chilly, people likely won’t stay very late. Also, the temp drops in the evening. So even if its warm during the day, it will get cold at night – I assume you are having an evening reception.

Side note – does the barn have its own bathrooms? If they are inside the barn, less of an issue, if they are outside/portapotties that might pose a few extra concerns as well.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Sorry, can’t convince you that it’s a good idea. I got married last weekend in (south-western) Canada, and if it had been outside we would have frozen. As it was, we froze for outside pictures. I think at the very least you’ll need to provide blankets for the ceremony.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mrsrekraps22 :  Im in chicago so still midwest and IDK that oculd be really cold bee.  My friend had an outdoor wedding ceremony in Early october and we were all in coats and pretty chilly. I was happy the reception was indoors.

If you are deadset on doing this, keep the ceremony in the daytime, and SHORT. And also write on the invites that the wedding will be OUTSIDE so guest know to bundle. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

So, it looks like there’s a chance it could be pretty cold. I just checked weather for the last four years on that date, and the average highs ranged from 41 to 62 degrees. Three years ago, the low was in the 20s in some areas.

That said, it could work if (1) you plan a short ceremony; (2) the heaters work really well; and (3) you warn guests about it being partially outdoors. I have a habit of not wearing a proper coat when I’m dressing fancy, thinking I’ll just dash from the car. I ended up freezing through an October outdoor wedding last year for that reason (in PA). Even though it was direct sun, I was freezing in a dress and a light cover-up. As a guest, I would want to know that maybe I should wear lined tights, a good jacket, or a sweater of some kind. A nice touch could be to have some blankets available for the ceremony, in case it is cold and some guests arrive in short dresses.

Also remember that your guests will likely sit outside for a while longer than the actual ceremony. So if you’re planning e.g. a 30 min ceremony, people could be outside for 45+ min. Depending on the weather, that could be a long time.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Boxerlover24 :   I’m in Chicago too 🙂   My friend got married october 20th and it was 70, the other Nov. 7th and it was 63…and the third october 26th and it was 50 and rainy… hit or miss…but, it’s possible that it can be nice out.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Used to live there. Would not recommend an outdoor event at the end of October. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I live in Minnesota and really think this is risky, sorry bee.  First, I don’t think you can assume it’ll be sunny – it might be grey and/or rainy/snowy, so prepare yourself for that.  It can probably work with heaters, but be willing to accept that the entire event (ceremony included) might have to be in the barn if it’s raining or snowing, and plan for LOTS of heaters so it’s a normal room temp inside.  Second, be sure to let your guests know what to expect so they can dress accordingly!  Even on a super cold day, I would usually wear a dress and heals and a light coat to a wedding based on the (possibly wrong) assumption that we would be indoors, so I’d want a heads up to wear a warmer coat and maybe even boots if I was going to be outside.

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