Post # 1
My fiance and I are kicking around ideas left and right. This past week we visited our outdoor venue for the ceremony and it was already pretty hot. We also tried visiting five different venues for the reception. Two were out of business (one was even being turned from a lodge resort into a private middle school), one smelled and looked funny up close, one was way too small (the host was trying to convince us that 125 people would fit into a 4 bedroom lake house), and the best bet so far as far as size and elegance is owned by the state board of regents and therefore doesn’t allow alcohol. Beyond those locations, there really is not much in our area that even proclaims to be a reception venue that isn’t associated with a church.
All that said, we’re thinking about having a fiesta in our front yard and bringing in a giant tent, mariachi band, dance floor, a few kegs/wine, and hiring a mexican caterer/making the food ourselves.
So, would you rather be at/host an outdoor wedding and reception on July 1 with plenty of time to plan (May 5/6 college graduation) but when it could potentially be too hot or May 20 when the temperature is a bit cooler with pretty much no time between graduation and the wedding? No matter which day, we’d have my parents’ house open (and probably pretty cleaned out as far as furniture to make room for people).
Post # 3
You never know what the weather will be like, but in July it will most likely be VERY hot and humid! We had our date set for August and wanted an outdoor wedding, but didn’t want to take the chance of it being so hot and sticky out for the guests, and us!
Post # 4
I am not sure where in the South you are thinking of but please please please consider that July 1 is right in the middle of hurricane season.
It will be very hot and if you are planning on having elderly people they will not be able to stay long in the heat.
You will also be extremely hot if you are leaning towards a traditional wedding dress!
Post # 5
I’ve been to an outdoor wedding in mid June in Lousiana and everyone was absolutely miserable.
If you decide on May 20th, just use your school breaks for huge planning weeks. I’m in graduate school and getting married at the end of this month. I used December break and Spring break to get tons of stuff done. I’ve had the last 2 weeks off between spring and summer semester and things are coming along nicely.
Post # 6
I forgot to mention this tidbit: my fiance just started grad school, but there are never summer classes for him, making it our best bet as far as timing. Our spring breaks don’t even line up next year, which would leave us with having the wedding between May 6 and August 10 or waiting even further until his winter break, which would bring about a whole new slew of weather related problems.
Also, we are an interfaith couple and his mother refuses to attend/invite family to a wedding that’s in a church or chapel of any kind.
Other options for finding a (indoor) venue would be to change the venue location to somewhere near/in Atlanta, but my parents live in northeast GA, and would rather keep the wedding local to make planning easier, costs cheaper, and to support vendors they know rather than vendors they don’t.
Post # 7
I’d rather it be cooler.
But really there’s no telling what the weather will be like in May. Our wedding was in Feb. in Fl. It was very cold. We went back to the venue for our one year anniversary, and it was really hot.