Post # 1
I was worried before booking our venue that it would be incredibly hot because it’s a botanical garden (greenhouse) and the manager said that it isn’t too hot at night, so we should be fine… well after another vendor told me that they no longer worked with the venue due to the extreme heat, I googled complaints about the venue. None came up, so I posted on my facebook asking whether people I knew had been to a wedding there. I have come up with a bunch of people saying that it was very hot, both inside and out. Now, I’m wondering, should I mention something on the invite about the possibility of it being unbearably hot during the reception? We do not have the money to book another place with A/C… I’m not sure what to do.
Post # 3
@truefrommetoyou: I don’t think you need to mention it because I think you as the host need to figure out a way around this. Maybe renting fans, borrowing from family and friends, providing hand fans, lots of water for guests to drink etc.
Is there another room you can use at the venue or an outdoor space or something.
There is only so few clothes a guest can come in. Even in a bathing suit, a green house in August is going to be pretty hot, even at night.
Post # 4
Can you set up some fans? That would probably make a huge difference.
Post # 5
Ah yes, we’re also getting married in a botanical garden and it it is constantly tropical in that thing, regardless of the season in Ohio – but it gets inferno hot during the summer. We chose May because we didn’t want to deal with summer heat inside that thing, but we did attend a wedding in mid July that was a 90 degree day. I’m not going to lie – it was HOT. And not just hot, but HUMID. We were all dripping heavily and hair was a mess. But you know what? We made it through, and we had a great time. I think as long as you keep the water (and drinks?) flowing, the DJ rocking, and maybe make fans for your ceremony programs, it should be fine.
I wouldn’t hesitate to put some info on your website (if you have one) about the heat. I put something about the place being a tropical environment and might be warmer than expected, so dress lightly. Or something like that. Also check to see if the space has a/c units or fans they can provide – mine does for $150 each and can be put out at the last minute if it gets toasty.
Post # 6
I agree with PPs. I can only think of young children and/or infants, pregnant women, and the elderly. As just a plain ol’ adult, I’d be annoyed but I’d also put two-and-two together with August + greenhouse and plan accordingly. People would probably not stay as long either.
@msfahrenheit: Love how you responded to a temperature thread; it’s so appropriate. 🙂
Post # 7
@andielovesj: I plan on providing lots of drinks, however I was told we cannot use any fans or a/c because it’ll kill/harm the plants. It’s a greenhouse so there is no other room at this venue. I’m just really upset right now because I was concerned about this before we signed with them and she assured me it would not be that hot and all the unbiased opinions I’m getting now are saying just the opposite. I can make or get some hand fans, but I know that won’t do too much to help. I’m just at a stand still now. The exclusive caterers this venue uses are being ridiculous and now this. I wouldn’t have signed with them if she hadn’t reassured me.
Post # 8
@truefrommetoyou: That’s disappointing. I had an outdoor ceremony in August, so it was very hot too. I provided folding handheld fans as favors, so people could keep cool. It’s not perfect, but some of your guests might appreciate it.
Post # 9
I’d definitely want to know beforehand (and honestly, likely wouldn’t come for health reasons). I’d be looking to kill someone if the venue were hot and I had no warning.
Post # 10
See, that’s my problem. I would’ve found a whole new venue if I knew it would be unbearably hot. I knew it would be warm/hot due to time of year, but I didn’t know it would be unbearable.
I just looked up the weather outlook in the Farmer’s Almanac and it says low to mid 70’s luckily, but our weather is humid, so hopefully it’s not too bad.