Outdoor August wedding…with no AC ?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 120
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Bumble Beekeeper

xiexie :  70 or 80 degrees  once the sun has set feels a lot different than during the day. I’d personally be fine with this and would probably even need a sweater if it was 70 at night…but I guess we all have our different comfort levels.

Post # 124
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Bumble Beekeeper

lindzrae :  Honestly, there is a lot of hysteria in this thread. I would probably take a step back before doing anything drastic like calling the whole thing off and going to the court house. I’m not a wedding expert but…I’ve been to a few backyard weddings or weddings on people’s private property with tents, and there was never a problem. People will check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. One was in June in Atlanta on an 80-degree day and it was perfect by nightfall. The other was in New England in August, as I mentioned, and it actually became chilly. People are literally freaking out about every detail of your wedding, from potential weather, to the fact that it’s at your parents’ property, to catering, to the 60 min gap between your ceremony and reception. I think there is a tendency on the bee to pile on when a thread gets off to a bad start, but in real life people tend to be more understanding about things. 

Post # 126
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Bumble Beekeeper

lindzrae :  I do think the suggestion of moving things back – even if it’s just by one hour – would help if it turns out to be a scorcher that day. We had a 5:30pm ceremony for this very reason (outdoor ceremony in the south in May) and it ensured the sun wasn’t beating down on people during the brief ceremony. It was followed by cocktail hour and then the reception at 7pm. This was on a Sunday night too, and the majority of guests stayed til 11 when it ended!

Post # 128
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

my husbands cousin had an outdoor wedding with tents in nh last july and it was sweaty and miserable 🙁

Post # 129
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Blushing bee

I mean this in the kindest way: it seems like you do not want/have excuses to not take ANY of the suggestions given. Considering that, I don’t know why you’ve come here. I think moving the wedding later in the evening, getting fans big or small, or AC units, allowing people to take breaks indoors (I utterly don’t understand the insurance conundrum because we have large parties at home) are all great ideas. Perhaps you can do at least one of these things. If you really can’t do any at all, respectfully, I don’t understand why you have asked this question here. Anyway, hopefully everything works out and maybe that day will happen to be a perfect cool day. Wish you all the best.

Post # 132
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Busy Beekeeper

tiffanybruiser :  she said 80 in the evening. Not at 430 when the ceremony is set for – prob closer to 95 + humidity. 

Post # 133
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I wondered about the time gap too. What if you nixed the cocktail hour to help accommodate a later start time? A lot of times guests come hungry anyway. Are you doing a buffet or plated meal? I wouldn’t forego a wedding entirely at this point. Purchasing fans and stand alone a/c units would be much cheaper than hiring an outside company, and might be something you could manage. I’m from the South and have been to many weddings, funerals, and other events that required being outdoors for extended periods without a/c, and I can tell you it’s miserable. But you can do a few things to make things more comfortable. I understand being concerned about people leaving too late, but if you were to nix the cocktail hour and let the reception begin immediately after, that would help. Even if it’s hot, it really does help to not have the sun scorching down on you. 

Post # 134
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Buzzing bee

lindzrae :  Moving it is really best.  Think about this:  you have older people actually driving 2-3 hours to get there. (why these people arent’ getting a hotel is beyond me but you have stated they are driving back home). What kind of shape would these older folks be in after sitting in crazy heat for several hours?  Certainly not in shape to drive 2 or 3 hours.  It would see that they would be quite vulnerable to the hot weather.

Would your folks REALLY head to bed and miss your reception?  I am not a farmer but I am a 4 time MOB who goes to work at 6:45 a.m. and I wouldn’t miss my kids reception because I had to go to bed.  I’ll pop a Mt Dew or something for some extra caffeine the next day.

I really really really wish you well in your planning and I think moving your time is likely your best bet.

Also, as far as  your future husband:  this veteran thinks that week off and going away is incredibly important.  Even if you were just to throw in the towel and go to the courthouse, make sure you guys go away prior to his deployment.  Yeah, it’s nice when you can go away right after the wedding but even if  you have to wait a bit it will be ok.  Just make sure he has some time off prior to deployment.

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