Post # 1
Currently, we have planned for an outdoor (20 min?) ceremony in New Orleans starting at 4pm, followed by an indoor reception. I wanted to plan the whole thing for October, but life and other circumstances didn’t permit. We have a rain contingency plan to have the wedding as the same site as the reception, but I’m wondering how hot is too hot for the ceremony? It is usually around low to mid 90’s with high humidity. A LOT of people already have outright asked me, “do you hate your guests? Invitations are already sent. I do plan on having iced water and fans. We will have a limo bus with AC for parents/grandparents waiting for before/after. Our pictures would also be outdoors before the wedding. I can tolerate (and actually like) any heat, but I know others can’t. The outdoor portion of the wedding and pictures in the park were my favorite parts of the day.
Post # 2
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
That’s going to be way too hot for a lot of guests. I lived in New Orleans for a while and the humidity in the summer is smothering. 4pm is also around the hottest part of the day. Your guests will be sweaty and miserable. Ice water and fans are nice ideas, but that won’t cut into that kind of heat. I’d move it indoors.
Post # 3
Sadly, all the ice water and fans in the world won’t change the fact that it’s humid as all hell there during the summer – the kind of humidity that makes you feel incredibly uncomfortable and sticky. I would definitely move it indoors.
Post # 4
do you realize that equates to a feels like temperature well over 120 degrees?
Frandkly, I wouldn’t attend your ceremony and would wonder if you had gone mad.
Post # 5
It’s been especially hot this year… 90s-100 and it’s still June. But in my experience it not only rains but pours most days in July, so you may end up using the contingency plan anyway.
To put it in perspective, my cocktail hour in May was about 82 and there were some soft complaints from my close guests. We also had an older guest pass out and the whole family could not attend the reception.
Post # 6
I played a beach wedding at the Jesey shore a few years ago, and it was over 100 degrees out.
One of the grandmas wore a navy blue WOOL business suit to the wedding.
The bride wore a cream colored SATIN gown.
It was so hot that parts of the instruments melted.
At very least, see if you can invoke the “contingency plan” on short notice.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
If I were a potential guest I’d flat out decline this invitation I’m sorry. Not only is it going to be hot as hades and humid but the time you’ve picked for the ceremony is so close to the highest temperature point during the day I would be completely miserable. :/ There’s no way I could see myself sitting in that kind of sticky heat even for a short amount of time.
btw this is really not an ideal situation for much older guests. Im sure it depends on a number of factors like exact age and general health but my own grandmother would have told me where to go and how to get there with this plan lol And she grew up in Louisiana!
Post # 8
It should be fine if it’s only 20 minutes! Just make sure you start on time.
Post # 9
p.s. you will also look like a drowned rat minutes into your ceremony. And your poor fiance waiting for you…in a suit!!!
Post # 10
It won’t actually just be 20 minutes that your guests have to endure. People will arrive earlier than that. I live pretty close to New Orleans and the summer is just getting started. It’s miserable already. Your guests will be cursing you under their breath. If there’s a way to move the ceremony indoors I would do that.
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2016 - Backyard
I live in Florida and am having an outdoor wedding in a few days. We really wanted a July wedding as we have a huge trip we are going on, and wanted to have that as our honeymoon. We planned to elope with just our parents with everything indoors. Very short engagement here. However, we since decided to invite our siblings, so now we have 15 guests. No more cout house wedding. Now a backyard wedding.
Anyway, to beat the heat, he and I are doing one hour of outdoor photos at 7AM, in mostly shady areas. Our ceremony will be at 9:30AM and we are not having music, bridal party, etc. so our ceremony will literally take ten minutes. The guests will only go outside just seconds before I do. Then we are going right back inside. We are going to be in the shade. The brunch will be indoors.
I feel bad about our guests being outside for ten minutes, but they all wouldn’t miss seeing us just married for the world.
Post # 12
Yes it will be hot as hell. I say that as a wedding photographer who routinely shoots weddings outside in the middle of summer and not only is it really hard on me the guests complain to no end.
You have to remember that it’s only a 20 minute ceremony for YOU. You get to stay inside or roll up in an air conditioned car until it’s time to step out and walk down the isle. Guests typically show up at least 30 minutes prior, so they’re looking at being out there 50 minutes already and that’s if you’re on time and not running late. If your ceremony runs late they’re potentially sitting outside in 90+ degrees and humidity for over an hour.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
Spot on. I’ve never shown up to a wedding exactly on time but at least 20 – 40 minutes prior to ceremony start.
Post # 14
You should let your guests know that it is outside so that they can only come for the indoor/air conditioned reception. That’s what I would do as a guest, skip the outdoor ceremony.
Is this a destination wedding or are you local / hometown is Nola?