(Closed) Too hot for an outdoor July ceremony in New Orleans?

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Should I cancel the outdoor portion of the wedding and move it indoors?

    Yes, move it indoors!

    No, keep it outdoors as planned.

  • Post # 16
    7590 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    It’s not even the time I would be outside in the heat for the ceremony that would bother me but the time afterwards. I do NOT look good, smell good, or feel good after sweating (especially in humid weather) so I would be miserable the rest of the wedding.

    Post # 17
    9126 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Oh god. Way too hot! This is a terrible idea. You want your guests to be thinking about you and how much they love you, not about how absolutely miserable they are. 

    Post # 18
    472 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I personally think it will be way to hot. If you already have a backup venue I would move it ASAP and get the word out. If you want photos outside take them with the bridal party if they are ok with it but don’t put your guest threw that. 

    Post # 19
    421 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    WAAAAAYYYYYYY too hot.  Please don’t do that to your guests or yourself.  I briefly considered having an outdoor ceremony in October here (NE Florida, similar to your weather) and decided against it.  Everyone at a wedding usually spends money and time to look really nice, don’t make them sweat out their hair or makeup.


    Post # 20
    6518 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    nolabride8:  i went to a wedding in mid June last year in NYC! and it was humid and hot andddd it was an evening wedding, i imagine NOLA would be way worse. 

    Your guest was right to ask you if you hate your guests.

    I imagine you will be having your hair and make up done and you will be in a dress, regardless if its a lightweight dress or not, a dress is a dress, you will melt. 

    Move it indoors for everyones sake. All the water and ice in the world will not make someone comfortable in humid weather.

    Post # 21
    19 posts
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Last July, my fiance and I attended his childhood friend’s wedding in south Louisiana. I sure was taken by surprise when we arrived and the whole damn thing was outside. My beautiful cocktail dress was soaked with sweat by the end of the night, and I was so self concious about makeup smearing the whole night, constantly asking my fiance to check my face, etc. It was a disaster and will forever be stuck in my mind as the worst wedding I have ever attended. It may have been beautiful for all I know, but all I could think about from the moment we sat down for the ceremony was the copious amounts of sweat pouring out of me.

    Post # 22
    1711 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    If it were going to be later in the evening or early in the morning, you’d probably be ok. But at 4 pm … 

    I used to work outside in NOLA and I had a heat stroke and fainted. And now, years later, I am still more sensitive to being in the heat. 

    Please be kind to your guests and change your plans!

    Post # 23
    7473 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    NOLA isn’t just hot in July; it is stifling and oppressive heat. Your guests will be miserable and quite possibly in danger from the heat. The ceremony will be 20 minutes, but guests will easily arrive a half hour early, and guests will be the last to leave the ceremony (the bride and groom go first, of course). I think asking guests to spend an hour outdoors in one of the hottest parts of the country, during the hottest part of the summer, during the hottest part of the day is unreasonable. 

    Post # 24
    10546 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    That sounds like hell on earth.

    I vote to move inside.

    Post # 25
    2882 posts
    Sugar bee

    Please do not do this to your guests. Yes, it is WAY TOO HOT in nola for an outdoors wedding in July. 

    Post # 26
    1837 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Good heavens no. I lived in NOLA for awhile, and I can tell you that this is a bad idea — way too hot. Not to mention the rain showers that occur all the time. Nope, nope, nope. 

    Post # 27
    1311 posts
    Bumble bee

    I live in Louisiana. Please don’t do this to your guests!!! Even the 30 second walk to my car kills me. 

    Post # 28
    385 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    I would decline an invite due to the weather. Someone said earlier that the heat is oppressive and I 100% agree. I spent a day in Baton Rouge last week and it was awful. I thought Tennessee was humid. Louisiana was way worse. I couldnt wear a bra! 

    Post # 29
    5 posts
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I’m from Charleston, SC and am no stranger to hot and humid summers. My friend had her wedding in Columbia, SC in early summer and I hated her during the ceremony. I couldn’t enjoy what was happening because I was being eaten by bugs and was melting, even with fans. 


    Please move it inside if you can. 

    Post # 30
    9 posts

    Our wedding ceremony was outside in 106 degrees with no breeze. We live in West Texas though, and it’s a dry not humid heat. In pictures you can see the sweat on the groomsmen and my man of honor, and in my ball gown it felt like I had just gotten out of a hot tub because my legs were so slick from sweat (luckily that part wasn’t visible!) but our ceremony was only 15 minutes and then the guests went inside to a room that was arctic temperature. It felt great! We had no complaints – our ceremony was fun, short, and a little bit quirky and everyone laughed and our parents cried and everyone had a great time. I had at least 20 guests tell me that our ceremony was one of the most enjoyable they’d seen. If you want the outdoor pictures, I say go for it. 

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