(Closed) Outdoor ceremony: The great date debate!

posted 9 years ago in St. Louis and Southern Illinois
  • poll: Which date should I pick?
    may 15th... and pray for no rain and warm weather : (6 votes)
    29 %
    June 26th... and cross my fingers for low humidity and low heat : (13 votes)
    62 %
    5/22, 6/5, or 6/19... and hope FI's ex doesn't withhold his daughter : (2 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    3526 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Hi,

    Before I vote I have to ask. How is his relationship with the ex? Do you foresee her putting up a fight to switch a date with another one? If you do and it’s important for him to have her there -which I assume it is- I would go with the dates that he definitely has her.

    Good Luck! And remember Mother Nature is finicky so I wouldn’t let weather completely control your date.

    Post # 4
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    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I voted for June because, while you can always set-up fans in a tent outside to cool it down, there’s not a lot you can do to fix the problem of rain.  And I would be more likely to stay through heat and humidity than I would to be outside in the middle of a downpour.  🙂

    Post # 5
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    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    There is more to consider here — will it be a morning ceremony when it’s less hot? And I agree with Gerbera — would the ex really keep the kids from coming to the wedding if it’s on a different weekend?

    I think June is less hot than July or August, so 6/26 could work, but early June could be best if the kids can come. Were there any other reasons to exclude those dates?

    Post # 6
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    1276 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I’m also wondering, is your reception outside as well?  I would think hot/humid just for the ceremony might not be terrible. 

    And I second all the other questions about your FI’s ex.  Would she really keep her daughter away from her father’s wedding?  Is this something he can discuss in advance with the ex?  Maybe trade away a holiday or something if it comes down to it?  B/c I do think that it’s a bad idea to plan the wedding on a date you aren’t 100% sure the daughter can attend…but I would hope there’s some room for negotiation on such an important event (for both your Fiance and his daughter).

    Post # 9
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    88 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I am getting married in July in STL this summer.  We are having our ceremony outside.  The weather in St. Louis is so variable, you really never know.  It could be 100 out with 95% humidity or it could be 80.  We are having the reception inside and we have the option of having the ceremony inside if needed, which is a nice fall back if needed.  I would say go with June, since it sounds like overall that seems like the better date.  It might be hot, but it probably won’t be that bad, but the weather in stl is pretty weird, so have a back up plan is my advice.  We have also timed it so it should be a bit cooler.  I think you just have to go with what feels right and hope the weather works out. 

    Post # 11
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    647 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I live in Cape, about 2 hours south of St Louis, and while I would love to do an outside ceremony, the weather in this part of the country is way too unpredictable.  I would have to take anti-anxiety meds, and it would not be pretty.  You are brave for having it outside!  Does your venue offer an indoor back-up plan?

    Post # 12
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    267 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington

    You could always do something semi-outdoor, like the World’s Fair Pavillion.  It’s outside, but covered.  Or, if you had regular outdoor ceremony, you could print your programs to be fans for the guests to keep them cool.

     

    It can be just as hot in May as in June, trust me!

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