(Closed) Starting to worry about my outside wedding in October :(

posted 7 years ago in October 2011
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Is there a date you have to make that decision by?  I wouldn’t assume that just because there is a sudden cold snap now it’s still going to be cold in late October… if possible I’d wait until like 10 days out from the date to make the decision (when you can get reasonably accurate forecasts), although it would be good to plan how you will flip the room if you have to do that.  I think as long as it was in the 50s, or really even mid/high 40s, you could get away with a 20 minute outdoor ceremony as long as you give people plenty of warning to dress warmly. (And maybe you could do some warm drinks outside like hot coffee/hot cider/hot chocolate if you can fit in budget).  

I do think your “audience” matters – I have lived in the midwest and in CA; my CA friends would probably be upset at this (and I believe, just truly have less cold tolerance) but midwesterners are used to being out and about in that kind of weather.  

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

@Anniebo:  Ohh I remember those occasional Halloween snowstorms… but hopefully that will not happen!  Even if it did though you would have some beautiful pictures!

Maybe if you had to do the ceremony indoors, you could just have people sit at the dinner tables during the ceremony and get married at the head of the room?  Its not ideal for aisle walking but people would be comfortably seated and you woudln’t have to move them all somewhere to flip.  

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Starved Rock?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m in St. Louis and can totally relate to the crazy weather temperatures here.  But, I wouldn’t worry.  Even if the weather is in the 60s on your wedding day in October, it will still be beautiful.  It’s not even really “cold” in my opinion until it’s in the 50s which I don’t think it will be.  Don’t fret.  The weather is unpredictable and you cannot control it!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would get married indoors, no question. email your venue for advice on how to flip the space – they’re the experts.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am getting married outside in Kentucky and I know what you are going through! This weather is crazy!!! I think that it is suppose to warm back up so I am still planning on doing it outside. At least you have a plan B… I would just take what I could from the ceremony site outside and decorate the plan B spot. I am keeping a close eye on the weather forecast and you will know more in a couple of weeks! Good Luck!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

you’ll be fine! we’re just having a cold front right now – we went from 110 to 58 from one day to the next here, lol. it’ll pass, warm up again, probably get cold and then warm up AGAIN, and be in the 60s/70s for mid-October!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@ Anniebo  Sorry you said midwest, outside, backup cabin with a fireplace..it describes Starved Rock State Park to a tee.  That’s where I’m getting married.  Outside, but if it rains there is a cabin with a fireplace as a backup.  =)

 

Here’s a pic of the outside venue

 

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I am sure that it will be fine, but you should definitely iron out all of the details for plan B ahead of time. better safe than sorry.

Remember, this is a La Nina year, so the weather patterns will be extra crazy. Heck, we’ve received 7 inches of rain in the last 3 days alone, and it looks like Maria is headed this way. Having a really good back-up plan is always a good idea.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

@bebefly:

+1

I wouldn’t take the chance.  Our weather around the world has been uber weird

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