Post # 1
I grew up in the tropics so I handle heat pretty well.. by that I mean I am not a sweater. I don’t really break a sweat until its over 95 degrees. That being said, I’m planning on having an outdoor ceremony in Costa Rica where it should be between 80 and 85 degrees. I think it should be fine but please correct me if I’m wrong. (we will also have parasols, shade, and fans available.)
However we know that it may be too hot so our rain plan (indoor location) is also a heat plan.
So other brides who are planning outdoor weddings/ceremonies… how hot do you think it’ll be? How hot is too hot? Do you have a back-up plan if it is too hot?
Post # 3
@Miss_Pura Vida: I hope it doesn’t go over 75 on my wedding day.
Post # 4
I’ve lived in GA my whole life, so I handle heat pretty well too…but it was like just below 80 with zero humidity the day of the rehearsal and I was dying!
I think it will depend on the crowd that you have (people used to heat vs. not so much) as well as your dress. You’d be surprised how hot that thing gets 🙂
Post # 5
I’d be melting, as I imagine many women in their 50’s would be. That’s a tricky time of life for many of us,so temps are exagerated. I’m good at 70~75, but above that I die,shade or not. If its only for the ceremony,tho, I’d say it won’t be a problem.
I’m in NJ and stay in the AC from May through September. lol
Post # 6
@Miss_Pura Vida: I think it’s good that you have a back up plan, but I don’t think that 85 is too hot. If its humid, some people might have issues with that, but I think temperature-wise it should be fine 🙂
We’re having an outdoor ceremony/cocktail hour in July and it could actually get up to 100 degrees here. Most of our friends and family are from California and are used to the hot summers (although this summer was unseasonably cool for some reason), so I’m not too worried about it. I was thinking about getting parasols as favors, but I’m not sure. My dress will most likely be super warm though, unfortunately. Good thing our ceremony will be about 15-20 mins tops 😉
I’m kinda hoping that it’ll just be an oddly cool summer again… with my luck it’ll be back up in the 100’s though haha.
Post # 7
I grew up in the South. When the temperature gets below 75, I think it is chilly and have to wear a sweater! We got married on the 4th of July, outside in NC. It was 88 degrees, which for us was a welcome respite from the heat we had been having (it had been in the upper 90s and low 100s thee week before the wedding). We were married in the shade and then headed inside for the reception. Everyone was fine, and not everyone was from the South.
Post # 8
We were going to have ours outside as well, but here in July, it gets around high 80’s and that’s just too hot. It would have been ok for young adults and kids, but men will be in suits, I will be in a huge dress with makeup on, my hair done, I would be sweating a storm! And not to mention that the elderly folk probably wouldn’t last in high temperatures.
In my opinion, better safe than sorry! I’d suggest just planning it inside.
Post # 9
I think how hot is too hot depends a lot on who your guests are. Older people and those from cooler climates may well find 80-85 too hot, especially if it is humid. I know I’d suck it up as a guest, but I’d be very uncomfortable.
Post # 10
under 80 degrees and in the shade would be okay.
Post # 11
I got married in Georgia in August – talk about hot. It was around 95 degrees on my wedding day and HUMID because it had been raining all day…. I survived though!
Post # 12
i think 85 is fine! keep your ceremony short, have a cool place for guests to hang out before it starts, have it in the shade, and you can make your programs into fans. i’m doing the same thing!
Post # 13
I should mention my ceremony was behind a building so it was very shady. We made program fans for people to use and our venue passed out bottles of water to our guests to help them stay hydrated. Also, our ceremony was only 10 minutes long!
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Post # 15
80-85 would be perfect. My Future Sister-In-Law got married in august in SC….omg! it was sooo hot…luckily her ceremony wasnt outside, neither was the reception but we did have the rehearsal dinner outside and they have a huge family so we had a BBQ and ice cream social throughout the weekend. it was unbearable…Fiance and I had enough of summer at that point. i dont think i was dry all weekend. miserable. Needless to say we still had a great time but man was it hot probably in the high 90’s though.
Post # 16
@CaintWaitTillMay – We are getting married in Manuel Antonio which is on the central pacific coast. It gets down to the low 70s at night but we are having an early morning wedding so it should be around 74 when we get up and 85 degrees by noon. The wedding is scheduled for 930am.
Thanks ladies. We are trying to eep the ceremony under 20mins…so no one should be in the heat for more than 30. The truth is, I am pretty chilly if its under 80…
I also hadn’t thought about older guests. Hmmm… We may have cool drinks (juice & water)available for guests while they wait… for my grand enterance 😀