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

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 16
3069 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mrsrekraps22 :  I got married on Sept 12 and it was 58 and rainy ( contrary to this year where it was damn near 90!!) . You just never know with the weather and around here I think ( personally) its best to plan for the worst hope for the best!

Post # 17
1204 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

The best person to talk to would be the owner of the barn. Surely they’ve had experence heating it and can advise you on what will work best. You can take comfort in the fact that even summer weddings in a barn could suck. (Midwest humidity is no joke!)

Post # 18
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Boxerlover24 :  Ugh…. not sure wich is worse 90 and humid as hell or 58 and rainy.  I agree with you though.  Fiance is convinced that cocktail hour will be outside ( we have an outdoor option)….though I’m not getting my hopes up. 

Post # 19
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I was a little worried when I read your title, but it sounds good that the reception is enclosed and has heaters. Is there a back up plan for the outdoor ceremony if it’s too cold/not sunny out? Like perhaps the ceremony could be moved inside to the reception space? 

I attended a small wedding last year in late October in upstate New York. The bride and groom were planning for warm fall weather, and that is absolutely NOT what they got! It was below 40 degrees, it snowed a little, and there was NO indoor backup plan for the outdoor ceremony. They had to shorten the ceremony, the bride had to wear a huge shawl over her dress so she didn’t freeze, the guests didn’t plan for the weather so we were bundled up in sweatshirts and extra blankets in our fancy clothes. The worst part was that all of the family photos were taken outside as well, so we had to stand out in the cold without our jackets for the pictures. 

Having unexpected weather isn’t the worst thing that could happen, but please make sure there is a backup indoor plan for the ceremony! It really sucks to have to sit outside in the cold! 

Post # 21
3336 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Do you have a DOC? The barn looks like it would be fine, I’d just have someone (DOC or someone else) go down to the barn early if the weather isn’t great, and make sure the heaters are turned on WELL in advance to warm up the space.

But as long as you have a backup plan, I think it’s cross your fingers for good weather, but do it in the barn if not!

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