Post # 1
Soo, ladies the weather in the midwest is known to be crazy but the past couple of Octobers have been pleasant and beautiful so I was just hoping for the best…. But the weather here lately has me scared 🙁
Here is what the last week has looked like weather wise-
Sep 3- 99 degrees Sep 4- 82 degrees Sep 5- 67 degrees !!
Sep 6- 72 degrees Sep 7- 63 degrees Today – 58 degrees
Yes in a 6 day time span we have jumped nearly 40 degrees . I am scared we are going to completely skip out on our usual beautiful autumn and plunge straight into winter 🙁
This jumpy weather is making me jumpy! Late October it’s usually in the 60’s or 70’s.. But I am truly worried with this crazy weather I may be looking at 30 or 40 degrees on my wedding day , and that is just TOO cold for an outside ceremony , I would think?!! My ceremony is only supposed to be twenty minutes long, but I will have small children and elderly there, and they will be exposed for even longer since they will arrive early.
So my questions for you, Hive:
Should I just go ahead and assume that I need to implement Plan B. Which is getting married in front of a fireplace in our reception lodge?
If I do so , how do I properly flip ceremony/reception when it’s all in one room?!
Can I stick with Plan A?- outside ceremony. No we do not have room in our budget for blankets, heaters, etc. Our guests would have to deal with the cold. Mind you , Ohio winters get down into the sub zero’s and most of February is in the teens and early twenty’s — so it’s not like we are not accustomed to the cold. I just don’t know if it’s inconsiderate and would just be unpleasant.
Post # 3
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 # 4
@laurelina: I guess not, I just had a slight freak out. I checked out the farmer’s almanac and Oct 16-23 is supposed to be sunny, and cool and then Oct 24- supposed to be cold with snow showers. SNOW SHOWERS?!
I have considered the hot coffee and hot cocoa , inside the lodge’s kitchen they even have huge coffee urns, but don’t know about the burn hazard- there will be small children around. I know it’s the parent’s responsibility to keep the little rascall’s in control, but if a kid was burned at my wedding I would feel awful! lol
And I have no clue how I would flip the ceremony/reception all in one room
Post # 5
@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 # 7
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
I would get married indoors, no question. email your venue for advice on how to flip the space – they’re the experts.
Post # 9
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 # 10
@amw511s: That’s what I am thinking – 60 ‘s is fine. It’s the 40’s-50’s I am worried about :/ Trying not to fret, I still have a month and a half lol, I can’t make myself crazy over this.
@bebefly: I think I am going to hold out hope that it’ll be warmer, but am definately going to call the venue and get more of a concrete idea of how to flip the reception area if need be
@AmberRae: I know , right!!?? We have probably been experiencing the same kind of weather, I am twenty minutes from the Ohio River, and used to work in Kentucky. I have never seen the weather so bipolar in early September. I am hoping for a late Indian Summer 🙂
Post # 11
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 # 12
@elliestan: Heyyyy dress twin:) Getting excited ! !
I sure hope so ! 60’s-70’s is ideal. I love sweater weather, and the venue is soooo pretty in late October. I am a fall girl and the amount of flowers and turning trees that surround the gazebo is just breath taking.
A jump that big in texas? I though only the midwest and north got such insane weather, I thought you texans stayed pretty warm all year around, lol.
Post # 13
@ 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
- 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 # 15
@Armetus:ooooo…l. No I am a Cincinnati girl. I was like , is this some kind of lingo I don’t know of ??! Sounds beautiful 🙂 You have good taste . lol.
@lovekiss:La Nina year? Never heard of it, what is this? 7 inches of rain in 3 days?! That is pretty crazy!
Post # 16
I wouldn’t take the chance. Our weather around the world has been uber weird