(Closed) Tented ceremony in SE Michigan in February? I need your opinions!!

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I dont think its a good idea, its going to be cold and possibly snow. It would be too risky for me. I would just let the guest go into the reception room and provide snacks and entertainment until you are done taking pics

Post # 4
1844 posts
Buzzing bee

whats wrong with having a coctail / mingeling hour in the union and then just the bridal party goes out side for pictures for a while comes back and has dinner. 

Lots of bridal parties show up after the guests at the reception becuase they were doing pictures. 

Post # 5
28 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yes, I agree…  I live in Chicago and Feb is just too risky for weather in the mid-west so, I would personally not be ale to deal with the stress that a tent may provide.  My couisin got married at the student union at another Big 10 university in the winter and had both the ceramony and reception there.  It worked out great with having cocktail hr while the bridal party were were taking pictures.  You don’t need to have booze at it.  I say go with booking the two rooms at the student union.

Good Luck!!

Post # 6
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I wouldn’t do it… I’d figure out a cocktail hour that didn’t include booze (oh, the horror!) and was just like a signature non-alcoholic drink (mulled cider?  Hot cocoa/coffee bar?  Trying to think of winter things), and use the inside space without booze. 

Post # 7
526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I definitely think you should have an indoor ceremony in February.  You could try somewhere like the Ann Arbor City Club that is normally ceremony and reception.  Even if they have another wedding booked for that day, they might let you use them for just a ceremony if your ceremony is earlier or if the other couple is having the ceremony off-site at a church or something.

Post # 8
26 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am not sure if this is actually feasible but could you consider a nearby indoor location for the ceremony such as the Law/Business School, Museum of Art (conveniently across the street!), Graduate Library, or even the Michigan League (a little farther of a walk)? Perhaps these other options may allow you to do a ceremony and 1 hr cocktail and then guests can head on over to the union for the reception.

Although, if you actually break down 4 hours of bar service at the Union to include a cocktail hour and dinner wine service, you would have 1 hr cocktails, 2 hr dinner with wine service, and then 3 hours of open bar afterwards. That would actually nearly cover a 5 hr reception. The only problem I forsee is if your guests aren’t big wine drinkers :). I like this option the best only because it wouldn’t require guests to be outside as much.

In My Humble Opinion, tents with heaters are never warm enough, especially if you are sitting closer to the edges. I would be worried about unpredictable AA weather, particularly if it started to snow/hail around the time of your wedding. I actually attended a wedding held in a heated tent @ Cranbrook House and Gardens in Bloomfield Hills this past September and it was unseasonably cold at night. It was a beautiful wedding but all I could think about was how cold I was the entire time. That is unfortunately the first thing I think about when people talk about the wedding.

In the end, if you do choose to have your ceremony in a tent, definitely consider offering hot chocolate (spiked!), warm cider, or other hot drinks to help your guests stay warm.

Out of curiosity, where were you considering setting up the tent?

Post # 9
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think that outdoors, even with heaters, is a really really bad idea! February in Michigan is FREEZING with knee-high snow! If I was a guest I’d probably still try to go inside or just go sit in my car, and I wouldn’t feel very accomodated. I’m pretty sure all the guests would be saying, “Why the heck did they put us in an outdoor tent in February?! Did they really think the heaters would be enough?” You also really shouldn’t make them walk blocks in the snow or go back to their hotels while you take pictures.

Maybe instead of a cocktail hour it could be more like an appetizer hour…get the second room but just serve non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers during that hour. Or you could ask the venue how much it would cost to add on an extra hour for the bar – I’m sure it couldn’t cost much more than renting an outdoor tent with heaters and all that.

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