Post # 1
The high for Saturday in my area is 64F with a low of 51F. For my outdoor reception under a tent, do I add sides to keep in heat for $520 or just wing it and hope guests bring a wrap to keep warm?
Reception will be over by 9:30pm.
Post # 3
How many guests are you having? Most likely the men will wear a jacket or sportcoat. Would it be cheaper to buy a couple larger baskets and fill them with rolled pashminas or thinner scarves in your wedding colors for the female guests? They can even take them home as favors maybe?
Post # 4
104 guests – wraps are a good suggestion. Thanks!
Post # 5
Spend the money to keep your guests warm. You never know what the wind is going to do. I would pay for the side, but have them rolled up. If it gets cold or windy, drop the side down.
Post # 6
Do you have heat lamps available?
Post # 7
I went to a wedding in June where it got down to the 50s and it rained… we were all FREEZING even with the sides. The only thing that made us warmer were the heaters. If there’s no chance of rain, then I would do outdoor heaters at 4 corners instead.
Post # 8
Outdoor heaters at the corners might be a good compromise if it’s cheaper. I went to a June wedding much further north that was too cool for my outfit. I ended up pulling a crumpled sweatshirt out of my car and wearing it over my supercute sundress for most of the night.
Post # 9
Thanks for the input ladies. This is just so incredibly painful on my wallet!!! I just spent another $500 having the property sprayed for mosquitos.
I stopped keeping track of how much I’ve spent…I’d rather not know at this point!
Post # 10
@peanuthead: I feel you! We are doing a tented reception next summer and the price just keeps on climbing….it’s the most stressful part of the planning for me! Hope you have a wondferful day!!
Post # 11
I would spend the money and keep your guests warm. I was in a wedding at the end of September in PA, and she did have sides on her tent. Once we stepped outside, it was seriously freezing. She had heat lamps and sides and we were nice and cozy…had no idea that it was 50 degrees outside!
Though the men are going to have suit jackets, women are going to be in dresses, and I wouldn’t want my guests leaving my wedding b/c they’re too cold.
Post # 12
The other reason for the sides is the wind. It can wreak havoc on your decor and peoples good times. If it happes to rain or sprinkle AND there is some wind then it will com in the sides and get everyone wet.
I know its an additional expense, but I think its one that should always be included in a tented wedding just in case. You dont have to use them if you prefer not to have them and it turns out unseasonably warm.
Also, don’t forget as the sun goes down (and since you out of the sun in the shade) it may not even feel as warm as the news says for the day.