(Closed) Outdoor ceremony…how cold is too cold for comfort

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

Eeep thats freezing! If you have no alternative I would bulk buy blankets that people can put on their knees. After the ceremony is everyone going straight indoors? Last weekend I was at a wedding where we stood around for 2 hours after the ceremony, and I was shivering. All I wanted to do was go home! 🙁 

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Is there an indoor space for your guests to gather and remain immediately before and after your ceremony? Is the outdoor space you’ve chosen open on all sides to the wind?

Even if your ceremony itself is that short, many people arrive a half hour or more before a wedding, and depending on how many people you have and the way you dismiss your guests following the ceremony, they could be outside for an hour or more.

I attended a barn wedding a couple of years ago. This wasn’t in a made-over barn but one that really was and still is a barn, with air circulating in the openings between the slats. It happened to be 55 degrees the day of that wedding, and I was extremely cold, even while wearing two layers plus a wool winter coat, scarf, and boots. We were there throughout the ceremony and the reception and I was very uncomfortable through much of it. The outdoor portion of your wedding obviously will be much shorter.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

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jclc1990 :  Yes that’s too cold

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

Can you get or rent those outdoor space heaters they use at restaurants? Or have a blanket on each seat? I’m from the west coast and I’d be really cold. That’s our winter. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee

Go hang out somewhere that temp for awhile and see how well you fare.  Also, it has been snowing all day where I am now when last year we didn’t get more than a light dusting until after Christmas, so yeah – no guarantee you’re getting 55 and partly cloudy.  And is your ceremony timed for the hottest part of the day?  Will it actually be at that max at the time of your ceremony?  What about windchill?  Any sort of breeze is going to make 55 feel colder than that.  The lowest I would go is 60 and even then only on a sunny day with no wind.

Also, remember that people generally show up early for weddings – 15 – 20 is probably closer to 30-45+ for most people.  Plus the potential for not starting on time.  Plus exiting time and if you’re going to do a receiving line.

Do you have a back-up plan?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I would be extremely uncomfortable and freezing. Did you prepare an indoor option? I’m sure moving things inside might disrupt your “vision” but I would seriously side eye someone who planned an outdoor wedding in November. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I don’t think it’s too cold. If the guests know it’s outdoors it should be fine. providing extra blankets would be nice and portable heaters would be luxury. so in my opinion go ahead. it’s not that cold. 

but then again where I’m from it’s snowy and 24f at the moment so I guess it comes down to perspective 😀

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

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jclc1990 :  It’s still too cold. Your guests are going to be very unhappy. Your ceremony might be only 15-20 minutes, but your guests will be outside much longer than that. It’s not like they show up the second you start walking down the aisle. A November wedding in New Jersey should not be taking place outside. 

ETA: And I say this as someone who lives in Chicago. So it’s not like I’m just used to a warmer climate or anything. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

That’s not super cold, but guests like myself would be uncomfortable. People who run warm like my husband might prefer it to the blazing heat of a summer wedding! I love the idea of outdoor space heaters, even for a short ceremony. They really make a difference.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada

Our wedding is wintery on purpose! Our Canadian guests know what to expect and will dress appropriately for our ceremony. We have hot chocolate, hand warmers and blankets for them. If you have someone flying in from California, then you majorly need to instruct them how to dress. Heels and short skirts don’t work in the snow.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I don’t think 55 is THAT cold. I mean, I would bring a jacket, but do your guests know it’s outdoor? I like the idea of renting heaters.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

too cold. if you MUST have the ceremony outdoors, please communicate that to your guests. 55 and partly cloudy will have a “real feel” of the 40s, especially since they’ll be standing around for a while before the wedding officially starts.

your guests should know they’ll be outside in wintry temps so that they can dress appropriately. fancy attire is usually not the warmest, so guests shouldn’t be dressing for car-to-venue chills (a shawl, open toed shoes), but rather “november football game” chills (wool coat, pants, boots).   

please think about how you want your photos to look. the only reason i can think of considering an outdoor wedding in that temp is the way it will appear. if you’ll be offended that some guests are wearing hats, their warmer coats, or gloves…. do not ask people to stand outside in the cold. 

 

eta: some guests will feel colder than others. certain medications or conditions can make people feel chilly, people with colds, children, and the ederly are all groups that will be less comfortable than your average 30 year old in fine health. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

jclc1990 :  Too cold standing bee, especially if there’s even a hint of a breeze. It’s near perfect hiking temperature but not standing / watching / sitting at allllll. You need to get on the blankets (absolute minimum 1 per person, thick quality ones, not pashminas), hot choc station and maybe invest in some disposable handwarmers (or reusable ones if budget allows – they could be part of your favours). Good luck – I hope the sun shines for you.

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