Post # 1
My fiance and I are feeling very torn – there is this one wedding venue that we both love, but the only problem is that it does not have any air conditioning. If we chose this venue, it would be an early/mid-August wedding on the North Shore of Boston. I’m so used to air conditioning myself that I’m kinda out of touch of what it would really feel like if we didn’t have air conditioning in August… although I’m sure I would be fine, but I’m worried about how my guests would feel.
Do you think a summer wedding without air conditioning will be absolutely awful? If you were a guest at a summer wedding without air conditioning, would you be so hot that you wouldn’t be able to have fun? Am I insane to consider having a summer wedding without air conditioning??
Would love to hear your thoughts!
Post # 3
Well, seeing that you’re getting married up North in NY/Boston, I can’t imagine it will be THAT hot in August. Then again I don’t know exactly how hot it gets. I’d say follow the weather in the farmer’s almanac, see how hot it’s supposed to get and go from there.
Post # 4
You do have to consider that with a bunch of bodies in the room that all the body heat will make the room hotter too.
I wouldnt do it.
Post # 5
To be honest, I don’t think is such a good idea….
I’m not from the NE, but have friends from the area, doesn’t it still get up into the mid/low 90s in August?
I’m sorry, I just think everyone would be uncomfortable & grumpy 🙁
Post # 6
I vote STRONGLY no. Living in NYC this August was BRUTAL with temps in the 90s – 100s and high humidity.
I’d get drenched in sweat just stepping outside. If you want people to have a good time and dance, they shouldn’t be soaked just from sitting around.
PS I hate how when you are in a dress in the summer and sitting down in a hot room you end up with a “wet spot” of sweat on the back of your dress. Totally unflattering and uncomfortable.
Post # 7
Other – I went to an August wedding in Boston where the church had no AC. The reception venue did, but we spend close to an hour in a super hot church on a humid 90-degree-plus Boston day.
I did not mind it. It was gross, but kind of fun, and it didn’t really take away from my enjoyment of the wedding. Other people liked it less, but at this point it’s just one more part of a really nice memory.
I would do it, because I hate AC and love the heat. But you have to think about who you’re inviting. Old people who have trouble with the heat? People who love to complain all summer long?
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
Ok I’m going to come at this from the other extreme – cold and no heating. I went to a wedding like this, it was outdoors, and it was in the 40s that night. No heaters and no enclosed tents (actually, only 1/3 of tables even had tents..). Could see my breath. People left that shindig EARLY.
If guests are super uncomfortable, it’s not fun.
Post # 9
ugh honestly I’d be completely miserable.
Post # 10
What time of day are you planning to have your wedding? We got married in August in Georgia and it was 95 degrees out but by night time it had cooled down A LOT. Could you get some fans to help cool the space off? If you did this I would also do something to help cool people down for your favors and make sure that you have enough bottled water for everyone during your ceremony!
Post # 11
@ribbons: I went to one of those – my uncle’s wedding several years ago. It was outside at night, and they had put tarp over the sides of the patio we were on, but it was FREEZING. That was way worse than the heat, in my opinion, but I always think the cold is worse!
Post # 12
I come from the Boston area and August is by far the hottest month of the year there. I would NOT do it. This is coming from someone who lived in a house without ac for her entire life. I think its miserable enough to survive in that weather without ac, nevermind throwing a party where you want people to be up and about dancing. Think about other factors – do you have any older guests (grandparents?) etc, the heat could be very very bad for their health; the cake might melt; will you be inviting children? I think you should consider another option, honestly. The weather could be fine, but I don’t think I’d want to take that risk.
Post # 13
@PitBulLover: I can’t say I’ve ever been to Georgia, but in New England, its not so much the heat, but the humidity! It’s unbearable, and it doesn’t go away when the sun goes down at night!
Post # 14
Personally, I wouldn’t do it. I’ve been to a few weddings without a/c in the heat of summer (or outdoors) and it’s miserable and that’s the take-away I remember from that wedding – how blazing hot it is.
Your guests will endure it – but they’ll likely be hot.
Post # 15
I’m also from GA, and I have to say that the muggy, sticky summer weather in the mid-Atlantic and New England states is so much more uncomfortable than anythig I experienced down South.
Please, please, please at least consider fans or other cooling devices unless the venue has excellent cross ventillation and windows that open. And don’t underestimate the effect of body heat. Pleasantly warm can become stifling very quickly, even in cold months.
Post # 16
I just got married in the north of Boston in August. Please don’t do it without AC! I can’t even tell you the number of complaints I received from people beforehand about getting married in August. I just reminded my guests that there was AC in our church and reception hall. I chose August because I love the heat but I couldn’t even imagine being in the heat with a 10 pound dress on for hours and for all of the guys in their tuxes.