- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2016
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
The topic ‘Outdoor Wedding. How hot is too hot????’ is closed to new replies.