(Closed) What is your minimum cutoff temperature for a fully outdoor wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 16
1203 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’m a native to the outer Philly area. October can be fairly unpredictable ranging from almost summery weather to being in the 40’s. Just make sure everyone is aware that everything is outside. I’d show up in a dress but as long as I knew to pack a coat in the car, I’d be ok. Otherwise I’d be in trouble because I’m one of those girls that finds under 66 degrees to be cold.

Post # 17
1494 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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christineml :  I’m from the Northeast and I don’t think it’s smart to take that kind of gamble in October. We got married on Halloween and our weather was PERFECT and I never even had to wear a shawl/coat after the ceremony but after sundown it got chilly really quick. (Our wedding ceremony/reception was held indoors, photos were taken outdoors).

Post # 18
9578 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Ceremony is quick, so whateva. Reception is hours though… youre really rolling the dice with october in the northeast. I wouldnt be comfortable below 65 or so. Make sure you like your indoor plan! 

Also… tents can be gorgeous. I had a sailcloth tent with wooden beams at my wedding at it glowed at night. There are more options than the plastic-y kind! 

Post # 19
5783 posts
Bee Keeper

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adel2 :  I didn’t even know you could get clear ones- these are gorgeous!

Post # 20
6949 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015


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christineml :  I don’t like tents either, but this is just a bad idea waiting to happen.  What if it’s unseasonably cold? what if there’s a tropical storm or hurricane coming through? Even without the rain it could be windy and uncomfortable.  Heck, with the humidity factored in, 60 degrees after dark can feel unpleasantly cold.  I think you’d find a LOT of your guests would be taking off early unless you really luck out with warmer weather.  If you were going to a restaurant at 8:00 in October, would you sit on the patio or indoors?

My wedding was in June.  In the desert.  It rained and even when it wasn’t raining, it didn’t get much past the 60s.  No one wanted to be outside.  I was freezing by the end of our ceremony, which was maybe a half hour from coming in to watching all the guests go back to the venue and then going ourselves.  Even though we had a big patio, most guests were only there a half hour before heading inside the remainder of the evening.

Find an alternative, even if you do think it’s ugly.

Post # 22
7884 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Withtout a tent your guests are subject to wind/windchill which considerably lowers the temperature.

I’d probably plan for an afternoon ceremony, early dinner and then have the ‘party’ in the later cooler time. People are usually a bit warmer after drinking and dancing so it wouldn’t be *as* bad as eating dinner in the dark/wind/cold.

Post # 23
7581 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m always cold so to be honest, once the sun goes down I start to feel chilly around 70 (maybe even 75). If I were wearing a dress, I would be miserable by the time it hit 60 degrees and likely wouldn’t budge from in front of the heater.

FWIW, I do know that I tend to feel colder more often than anyone else in my group of friends.

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