(Closed) Outdoor venue? yay or nay?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Unfortunately, when you have it outdoors, rain is always a risk. I see your info says you’re from Ontario, is that where the wedding will be at? I don’t know what the weather is like in Ontario, but if late June is the dryest time of the year, and good for weather conditions, I say go for it!

That’s how I came to my August date. It’s the time of year where it’s least likely to rain. Which, in Washington, is a very narrow window. 😛 I suggest still having a Plan B (or: Plan Rain) in case it starts to look like rain.

Post # 4
2453 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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@firefliesinthesky:  +1


You definitely need a rain plan, but an outdoor venue is completely do-able.

Post # 5
2368 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We had an outdoor ceremony, I only ever wanted it outside in a garden . We had a back up plan in case it rained but it never did and it was amazing and beautiful!!!!!



Post # 8
9540 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m doing the whole thing outside! I, obviously, think it’s a great idea!


As far as a date goes, I don’t know your area, so I can’t really say. I picked my date (Sept 1) after looking at historical weather data to find the time of year with the best average temperature and lowest chance of rain.

Yes, you need a rain plan, but if you’ve got a covered pavillion, you’re well on your way!

For bugs, I would recommend several things

  1. tiki torches around the perimeter
  2. if you’re doing candle centerpieces include 1 citronella candle mixed in with the rest at a table (or every other table)
  3. they make really nice smelling bug spray these days – I would have this available to guests on the table with the guest book. Also maybe in bathroom baskets.

For heat/sun

  1. Shade is your friend. Make sure the area for the ceremony and reception will be in the shade at the time of day you will be using them
  2. Provide cold water/lemonade/tea throughout the event – I’m having mine available early so people can be sipping a cool drink during the ceremony
  3. Fans. I’m making my ceremony programs into hand fans. You can also rent larger fans for the reception space.
  4. If guests are going to be in the sun, provide aerosol sunscreen. Again, on the guest book table. 

Doing things outside does  definately require a bit of flexibility and planning, but I think it can be really beautiful. If it’s what you want – then go for it!

Post # 10
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I really wanted an outdoor ceremony but my Fiance helped me realize that I am the type of person will stress constantly about rain (even with a decent backup plan) and I ended up deciding I just didn’t want to put that kind of additional stress on myself. Too many other things to worry about already! I do still think it would be beautiful and fun if you decide to do it though. Just make sure you have a Backup Plan that makes you just as equally happy. 

Post # 11
504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am getting married and the reception is outside in a tent. I live just outside Sarnia. I had someone look back at the weather over the last five years on our wedding weekend (July 20) and it ranged from being 36C and ridiculously humid to 20C  and rainy. I know there won’t be bugs however, you just have to be prepared it might not be exactly perfect and have contingency plans. Aside from a tornado, I think the tent we got, we will be OK

Post # 13
504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

weather network.com has this historical average thing and if you go to weatherunderground.com and search Detroit they have actual five year historys on that date

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