Wedding Month…. Opinions! (Florida)

posted 1 year ago in Engagement
  • poll: Which month in FL?
    March : (8 votes)
    40 %
    April : (1 votes)
    5 %
    May : (1 votes)
    5 %
    June : (1 votes)
    5 %
    July : (0 votes)
    Aug : (0 votes)
    Sept : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Oct : (7 votes)
    35 %
    Nov : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2016

    I’ve gotten married twice in Florida. First time on December 23 in Sarasota (south of Tampa). It snowed on my wedding day! Cold as heck. Did a 10 year renewal ceremony on the beach in Sarasota, cold front went through about 2 hours beforehand. Cold as heck.

    The second time was in March in St. Augustine. Beautiful weather. We got married on a sailboat at sunset. It was gorgeous. 

    Some of your decision will rest with what you are planning. Indoors or out? You can do a June, July, etc., wedding, if most of it is indoors (my parents got married in Tampa on July 23). If you want outdoors, I’d say March, April, November or December (it rarely snows in Florida!). 

    Congratulations and best of luck!

    Post # 4
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    1004 posts
    Bumble bee

    Are most of your guests in FL too?  I lived in FL until about 4 years ago when I moved to PA.  The idea of a summer wedding sounds terrible to me, but I’m just not used to the heat anymore.  With that said, my best friend got married in West Palm Beach in July.  Darling Husband & I were dreading the heat.  We were both in the wedding, so he had to wear a suit and I had to wear a long bm dress.  Both the ceremony/reception were indoors.  So, aside from a very uncomfortable hour outside for some pics, it wasn’t that bad.  If most of your guests *are* used to the heat and the ceremony/reception are both inside, I think it would be fine.  What area are you thinking of having the wedding?  That could make a difference too.  I definitely wouldn’t plan a coastal wedding during hurricane season.   

    Post # 5
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    587 posts
    Busy bee

    I vote May (before reading your post). The weather is still pretty nice – not too hot. It’s not during hurricane season. Flu season should be over. Spring Break at Florida colleges tend to happen over March and April. (You can look up “name of school” accademic callander to see exactly) and if you plan to be in any of the toristy areas, the beaches will be packed. I grew up my Cocoa Beach, and you would not want to go there during Spring Break. It’s not a rany / cold / windy month.

    Even if you don’t pick May because of the reasons you listed, I hope this gave you some other things to consider! Good luck, bee and congratulations!

    Post # 6
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    5184 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2018

    Why don’t you just stick to March?  I don’t see what the problem is with your Fiance having his birthday during the same month as your wedding. 

    Post # 8
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    88 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    I live in Florida and would personally not get married in the summer… it is HOT AND HUMID AS BALLS and people will be so uncomfortable. People are suggesting April and May, but this is rainy season, so that may not be good if ceremony/reception are outside. I am getting married December 1st. Yes, still could be in danger of hurricanes, but venue contract has a clause for that kind of thing. It’s far enough away from Christmas to not interfere much with holidays. One of my friends got married in early March last year and it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

    Post # 10
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    7419 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    March or November. Any later than March and it should way too hot and gross. We were just in Port St Lucie and the sun tried to kill us. 

    Post # 11
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    371 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    09court09 :  I would shoot for March. April would be second choice. Florida is going to be hot May-September. October is typically great weather but still on the tail end of hurricane season. My friend had hers in October and got hit with Harvey. They had to move the wedding up a day so people could evacuate, which meant only 20% of her guests could make it. 

    Nov would be ok…but that’s also Thanksgiving month and people may not want to travel twice. 

    Post # 12
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    60 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2016

     

    09court09 :  Have you seen this place in St. Augustine: The White Room? It has this awesome rooftop area overlooking the water, with adjacent indoor space. The breezes should be nice. I love this place and would’ve have had my wedding here if I hadn’t eloped and wasn’t poor 🙂 The rooftop would be great for dancing (and they string lights over it).

    Post # 14
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    5125 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I live in FL. I would not be happy to attend any sort of outdoor ceremony/reception in the summer. I don’t care if there’s a tent and fans, whatever, it’s too damn hot and humid. We got married in December, but since that’s not one of your options, I would say late October/November or March. Any later than March is going to be hot and/or rainy and any earlier than late October increases your risk for hurricanes. You have a bit more leeway with St. Augustine than you do with St. Pete/Sarasota, as far as the heat goes, but not too much. 

    Post # 15
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    1064 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

    I think if you have a preference for outdoor anything either spring or fall, maybe even winter time is best if you can do it. I lived in south and mid florida for 12 years before i came back here to the midwest in july.

    That said!! If you HAD to choose a summer wedding in Florida and hold it outdoors for the ceremony, make sure

    1) it’s short. This is sooo important. 

    2) provide tons of cold water so nobody heat strokes

    3) Make sure whatever you do it is under the shade and maybe if you can have some fans and misters going.

    4) try to choose evening and go indoors for reception if you can so that you aren’t outside for very long

    However, when I came back to the Midwest after 12 years away we didn’t really have a ton of choice about a midday, middle of summer wedding because we were trying to accommodate family with school kids. It ended up being over 100 and no cool breezes like there would have been at home in florida. So to me the heat felt even worse.  So we made sure we did almost all my tips, especially the keeping everything short part. It ended up being quite successful in my eyes and still nice and pretty in the vineyard even if it was bloody hot. 

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