(Closed) Outdoor Wedding. How hot is too hot????

posted 5 years ago in Beehive
  • poll: Should brides have a rain and heat plan when having an outdoor wedding?

    They should have a rain plan and heat plan

    They should have a rain plan only

  • Post # 61
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

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    jalapenocupcake:  Im Sorry I’m with you on this.. A summer wedding outdoors is hot no matter what. Having the wedding at 5:00 in direct sunlight can be just as hot as having it at 2:00 PM .. I do think it’s inconsiderate for people to not have a heat plan and expect that everyone is going to be fine just sitting in over 80 degree weather… Just as I wouldn’t have an outdoor wedding in the wintertime because people will freeze is the same reason why I would not have an outdoor wedding without taking proper precautions so people don’t get sick, dehydrated, pass out etc….

    Post # 62
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    Bumble bee

    I attended an outdoor summer afternoon wedding in FL several years ago and watched in horror as butt-crack sweat lines became darker and more defined on the bridesmaids’ dresses. I don’t remember a single detail of that ceremony besides this. 

    Post # 63
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    If it’s going to be formal attire, I’d imagine guests will get pretty hot (not to mention female guests that might have makeup dripping). I’ve been to an outside wedding in April—it was pretty warm but the attire wasn’t formal so people could wear lightweight/cool sundresses and things like that. Being in direct sun at 85-90 degrees might mean you’ll receive some “politely declines” RSVPs. I’m okay with outdoor heat, but not when I have to be in formalwear and makeup with bugs/mosquitos flying around (maybe offer bug spray along with the other items you’re providing)  

    It seems like you’re pretty set on having it outdoors, so I’d just say prepare for it all—from exhaustion/dehydration to the people who’ll be happy to catch a tan while simultaneously enjoying the wedding. Do what you think will make you happy (it’s your wedding after all). But some of the other posters had some great points to consider.

    Post # 65
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    SkiBee0515:  My summer wedding has nothing to do with not having patience, but more to do with worrying family members won’t be alive come this fall and the dramatic cost savings by having a summer wedding. What an insanely rude response to an obviously stressful situation.

    I guess I’m confused on how that forces you to have an outdoor wedding in the dead of summer in a potentially, extremely hot climate? Because that’s the topic at hand. I do agree with 

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    jalapenocupcake: that it would be selfish to have an outdoor wedding in 90+ degree weather. Sorry if that offends you for some reason. 

    Post # 66
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I live in Nova. Last year we considered a July outdoor wedding and I was talked out of it by the bees and moved it to October instead, which was a good call. My sister had an backyard engagement party 2 months ago on June 13 and guests complained it was too hot and a lot of them left early.

    That said, we’ve been getting some uncharacteristically cool days this summer and I always think, how lucky for those are getting married then. But you should definitely have a heat plan. I hope for your sake, and your guests’, it will be cooler on your wedding day! 

    Post # 67
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    beautyofdreams:  FWIW, I’m an east coast wedding photographer….summer weddings are no fun! I feel like anything over 80 is just really inconsiderate for your guests. You have to remember that your 15 minute ceremony if far longer than that for your guests. They tend to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, stand around until it’s time to be seated, and then they’re out sitting in the sun until the ceremony starts. It’s bright, it’s hot, and here in NC – it’s HUMID. Yes, I’m sure it’s hotter in other places but when you add the sticky humidity to it it feels 10 degrees hotter. 

    Post # 68
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2016 - World\'s Fair Pavilion

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    beautyofdreams:  Our wedding website has recommendations on what guests should wear and emphasizes that the ceremony and reception are outdoors. I’ve been to two weddings this year and had to get in touch with both brides to ask about attire. Even in moderate climates, it can be tough to plan an outfit when you have no idea whether you’re indoors or out.

    Post # 69
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We had an outdoor wedding in July. Fiance is a farmer, so really July is just about the only month that could work for him outside of the middle of winter, which is way too iffy in the midwest. Our wedding was over a year ago and just an hour ago my work bestie was down in my office saying that she and her husband went to a wedding this weekend and her husband was just raving to their friends about how awesome our wedding was. It WAS hot, don’t get me wrong. REALLY HOT. about 90F, but, we had a 7 minute ceremony, hand fans, industrial fans in the 4 corners of the tent, cold drinks, and tons of shade available. We waited until 6 to have our ceremony (had cocktails before) so things had cooled down a bit, and after drinks and good music, no one seemed terribly bothered by the heat. We also encouraged people to bring their swim suits and go for a swim, which a suprising number did. Despite the heat, it was still pretty awesome, if i do say so myself haha.

    Post # 70
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

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    craftandclover:  Ours also had the same. We encourage people to dress for heat and comfort. There were a lot of guys in nice shorts and button downs, people who brought shorts to change into, whatever. I would much rather people be comfortable than dressed up and overheated.

    Post # 71
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

    I live where it gets extremely hot [yesterday was 110* for reference, today is about 100* ..muuuuch better haha] so I can handle the dry heat more than most, but I still think that making your guests sit in anything over 85* is a lot to ask. People will be miserable and will not enjoy your wedding.

    I saw you were having an air conditioned tent for your reception so if it need be, would it be doable to add that on last minute?

    Post # 72
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We didn’t have this problem, but if I were to have this problem, I wouldn’t go over 85, I had a huge poofy dress, and there were a few elderly guests there who wouldn’t have faired well in the heat.

    Post # 73
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    Bumble bee

    So, horror story about this, I’m in south Texas where it gets hot early, and we went to a wedding in May that was at like 6pm outside with no shade. Probably around 90-95 degrees. And it lasted an hour long. So they had the groomsmen in full on tuxes, and in the middle of the vows one of the groomsmen fainted. They had to stop the ceremony, get some people to carry him inside, call an ambulance (and this was at a plantation in the middle of nowhere so it took forever). It was a disaster, the bride was just standing at the altar sobbing. And I was sitting there all sweaty, regretting that I had come.

    Okay, anyway, that happened. Just throwing this out there, gonna open the truth box: when I’m at outdoor weddings that are hot/cold, I’m not sitting there thinking about how lovely everything is unless I’m *really* close to the couple. Nah, I think “when’s this shit gonna be over”. And just thinking about how uncomfortable I am the whole time. Sorry if that’s insensitive to anyone, it’s just true 

    Post # 74
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

    As long as the ceremony is kept short and water is available, I don’t mind. I’ve been to two extremely hot outdoor weddings, one was in the carribean, both were quick and cold water bottles were provided. 

    Post # 75
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My father’s wedding was outside on a 40C (104F). We were all standing, no shade or water bottles. Two of my stepsisters were 8 months pregnant, one nearly collapsed. There was no consideration for them, let alone anyone else.

    My wedding was 25C (77F) and it was perfect. Everyone was standing, but it wasn’t uncomfortable. If it had gotten too hot, we would have had a backyard ceremony at our house (our ceremony was literally down the road at a nice park). Always have a back up plan. I personally wouldn’t go to an outdoor wedding any higher than 29-30C (85F), especially if nothing was provided to make myself or other guests uncomfortable.

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