(Closed) Should we move the reception inside? Need feedback from summer outdoor bees!

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Since you’re having a tent, you will be sheltered from the direct sun, so it shouldn’t feel so hot. Talk to your rental company about your options to ensure your guests’ comfort.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

Sorry I have no suggestions, but I’m also giving up my original idea — my wedding is next July and I had my heart set on an outdoor soirée. I thought the fact that my wedding is at sunset would help, but after being outside this weekend, I totally gave up — it’s TOO HOT and we can’t afford a tent with a/c. The inconvenience to guests was also a consideration. My compromise is to have my bridal portraits taken outside at sunset in the spring, with lots of beautiful flowers around… that way I’ll always have my "outdoor" look and still have the comfort of an indoor wedding.

10:30 to 2:00pm on a hot day is pretty uncomfortable. Can you move the wedding to a different time period, like sunset? That way there’d be some respite from the heat and your party would extend to the evening, when the sun is down… and by then the tent will be fine to deal with. ?

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We’re doing outdoors in July and I’m nervous about the heat as well.  We shifted the time to coincide with the cooler parts of the day in Tahoe.  So our ceremony will be at 4:15.  I figured this out by going to http://www.weatherunderground.com and looking at data for the past several years.  It gives you the times for the peak heat in the day, so we chose a time that was either before or after that peak.  For us, it meant late afternoon.  It’s still warm at 4 pm in Tahoe, but instead of 90’s it’ll be more like low to mid 80’s, and I can live with that!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Is renting misters a possibility?  I had a tented reception, but I got married in the spring.  I actually had heaters on reserve in case it was cold.  I got lucky and had a beautiful day – sunny and 75 degrees so no heaters were needed!  Good luck!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I think you should do what you want but have a reliable plan B that you like almost as much. We got married outside, and I wasn’t worried about heat so much as rain and cold! But, we worked with the venue where we were going to have the reception to come up with an alternate plan. In the end, I thought "I want to have it outside, but if it doesn’t work out it will still be good". It may be harder to do since you are having it at your parents house, but don’t completely change everything because weather "might" be bad.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

A few years ago we went to my now-SIL’s wedding over Memorial Day weekend. It was in the Philly suburbs, but it was a scorching (and HUMID) day (and everyone had been worried so much about the rain!) — it was definitely over 90 degrees out. Thank goodness the ceremony was short, because it was very hot (some of the men with receding hairlines got sunburned). However, the reception was tented (no side flaps), and because we were shaded from the sun, it was much more pleasant. I don’t even think they had fans. The ceremony was around noonish, I think. So I think as long as you have a tent and fans, things will be great!

Plus: even indoors with air conditioning, people can still get hot and sweaty. At my reception last month, everyone was dancing so much that it got as hot as a nightclub, and there was plenty of A/C!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I just had an outdoor ceremony. It was definitely hot and humid, but I loved it and all of our guests had a great time despite the heat. We had a large tent and that helped shade people and keep things a little cooler. I would recommend having plenty of water and beverages on hand. We made our programs into paddle fans and everyone seemed to appreciate that. Will there be somewhere, like your parents house, that people can go and cool off in for a bit? I know I ducked inside for a few minutes just to cool off and that helped a lot. We also let people know beforehand that suits and super fancy attire was not required. I would say keep your plans and do your best to make everyone comfortable. 

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