Outdoor August wedding…with no AC ?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

TBH,  I’d look into cheaper venues.  I looked into a backyard wedding at first and after adding up rentals for tables,  chairs,  tent,  bathroom, it cost a lot more than just renting the local rec center or even some of the cheaper museums or lodges in our area. 

You could also changed the date and put off the honeymoon.  There’s no reason your  fi has to take time off for the wedding unless he’s in the military and deployed somewhere. 

But I also live in Texas where August evening temps are usually over 100, so I winced when I saw your thread lol. 

Post # 47
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Honey bee

I don’t understand why September doesn’t work. Does he work every weekend?

Post # 50
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

(I don’t see my original comment anywhere, so I’m going to post again and hope it’s not a duplicate…)

I was going to come in all gung-ho and suggest you *not* do this to your bridal party and your guests and change the time or the venue, but I see that’s not possible at this point. I was in a wedding last year that took place outside, in California, in the middle of the summer, in 104-degrees F. The bridesmaids were in long gowns and I felt the sweat dripping down my chest and legs during the entire ceremony (apologies if TMI), and the poor groom and groomsmen were in dark suits. However, we were directly under the sun, no canopies. The venue was kind enough to think on their feet and provide a 5-6 umbrellas for the guests to take cover under, but it was still incredibly hot and distracting (and two guests fainted).

That is an extreme experience NOT meant to scare you or be overly negative, but it leads me to the learning experience:

– If the tents will not have air conditioning, make sure you have at least two ice-cold water dispensers available in the area (my friend had one and it was quickly emptied before the ceremony even began)

– Provide hand fans for guests (you can order in bulk for cheap from Amazon), and even electric hand-held fans (for more of a splurge, but still way less than $8,000)

– For you and any bridesmaids, make sure you put primer under your makeup and powder on top to avoid melty-face (also consider casual up-dos)

– For the groom and groomsmen, consider having them not wear suit jackets during the ceremony. The rolled-up sleeve look with a button-down shirt looks nice for an outdoor wedding and will help keep them cool

Overall, my friend’s wedding was beautiful, but we are very aware of how hot it was and sought refuge in the (THANKFULLY) indoor reception area afterward. In your case, once the sun begins to set, the area will likely cool a bit and then heat will have been a thing of the past. You and your guests are in this together and as long as people plan their outfits accordingly and some measures are taken to make guests more comfortable in the heat, I have no doubt your wedding day will also be amazing. 

Post # 52
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

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lindzrae :  Right?! I went to edit it because I noticed a misspelling, but when I resubmitted, it was nowhere to be found and each resubmission said it was a duplicate comment. I found a loophole by adding the bit in the beginning about the confusion haha, but yeah, so weird it just went poof!

Post # 54
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

4:30 Is waaaaay too early for an outdoor summer ceremony. I had mine at 5:30 (Midwest in June) and I wish I had set it back to at least 6:30. It was SO hot. You can see sweat dripping off of everyone in our pictures 😕 but the reception was indoors so we had some relief. 

I think your situation is doable but please reconsider the time! 

Post # 55
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

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lindzrae :  That, exactly. Sorry to slightly derail your thread with technological snafus! Hopefully this is a known issue and is being worked on.

Post # 56
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I don’t understand why everyone is freaking out on OP. Granted I know nothing about New England, but if it’s seriously low 80s/high 70s, that’s literally the most perfect temperature on the planet so ???

Anyway here in northern California we had an outdoor afternoon wedding in late July, and AC was never an option because even our house has no AC (and it’s not because we can’t afford a decent house). We picked the time of year when we’re most likely to feel comfortable outside and enjoy the weather. Maybe other people have other preferences, but we suck it up for their cold-ass weddings, so we wanted to have what we actually enjoy for ours. In the end our daily high was 81, and during the wedding the temperature was absolutely perfect… granted it doesn’t get humid here though.

Regardless, people have suggested some good tips to beat the heat. Here are mine:
– Certainly starting later will have the biggest impact, but we started at 4 so I’m not judging haha
– A shade awning or just the roof of a tent is the way to go – it can easily be hotter inside an enclosed tent than outside.
– My parents were worried and bought a mist system that I think is just plastic tubes you can hook up to a hose… we didn’t end up needing that but it’s a good option.
– Our favors and extras were heat-paranoia-based because of hearing shit like this thread (again this still confuses me because summer afternoons are the best). So we had shaved ice, silk fans, and paper parasols. Definitely NOT saying you should buy more stuff, just saying if you were going to buy stuff (favors etc) anyway, consider making it that kind of stuff.

I do have to sidebar about this insurance thing though. Have you priced out separate one-time event insurance to see if that helps? Then you wouldn’t have to up the entire policy. My parents are super paranoid lawyer types who are all about insurance and stuff, but it doesn’t stop them from hosting family weddings in their house – that just blows. 

Good luck bee!

Post # 58
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Personally, if I *had* to have it outdoors and couldn’t provide air conditioning for the tent, I’d move it to a very early wedding, like 9 in the morning before the heat and humidity really crank up, and I’d make it a super casual wedding, like shorts and t-shirts casual.   there would not be the same expectation of guests to stick around for hours, and you could incorporate things like water-based yard games (slip-and-slide, sprinklers, water guns/balloons) which could give a tiny bit of relief.

Neither this plan nor your original plan give you much of a backup for rain, though, as east coast summer thunderstorms can be quite severe and a tent is not much protection. 

Post # 59
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

New England Bee here. The best thing you can do is push everything as late as possible so the sun is starting to go down and the heat lets up. The person before me suggested a morning wedding which actually sounds pretty nice too.

I took my engagement pictures at 6 or 7pm in July and it was still nearly 90!

150 people in a tent sounds like a bad time.Tons of fans, tons of cold drinks, and maybe go for a more casual dress code than gowns/suits.

 

Best of luck!

Post # 60
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Busy Beekeeper

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lindzrae :  go to Lowe’s. Buy a swamp cooler or other AC. Get some extension cords. Plug it in. I can’t fathom it costing 10000. But yes, you need something or expect a short party. 

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