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When is the best time of the year to have an outdoor wedding?
I want to have an outdoor wedding, but I'm worried that it's going to be raining, too cold, or too hot. I want to know what month out of the year can I best avoid those things.

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Aug 31, 2008 at 8:04 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Mother nature is just too unpredictable. Having an outdoor wedding is just risky no matter what time of the year it is, not to mention it makes it VERY stressful. I had an outdoor wedding in July, and I was sooo stressed over the weather, they had called for thunderstorms on my day, and it was by God's mercy that it was a beautiful day. Just be sure no matter what day you choose to have some sort of back up plan.

Raymond O.

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Aug 31, 2008 at 8:13 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I perform at out door events about 60% of the time and it all comes down to your weather pattern in your part of the country and a good back up plan. I did a wedding last year, which luckily I only had set up one speaker when a down poar occurred. I was able to take the speaker indoors immediately, but they planned for the worst and had rented a Tent to cover the reception area. That saved them and the decor. The rest of the evening was dry. Turned out to be one of my best events last year.
Sep 01, 2008 at 6:48 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We are in southern Texas, and we, unfortunately, hardly ever have a good time of year to have an outdoor wedding. It's almost always hot and humid here, and in the summer we have hurricane season, and the weather is so unpredictable. Plus, some wedding vendors do not do outdoor events.

However, it can be done. Just make sure you are at a location where you can go indoors in case of bad weather.

Where are you located?
Sep 01, 2008 at 9:07 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I see you are in Virginia, go back on the weather forcast for the past 3 years and look at the dates you have in mind.
Check the humidity, if it rained and heat index. It will give you a general idea of that months weather patterns. Of course you can always hedge your best with a tented outdoor reception, this way you have the option of moving under cover in extreme heat or rain.

Out here in So. Cal. the best months are July or October!
June can be gloomy or scorching very iffy, and the heat in Aug & Sept. can be high, so many opt for the mid summer or early fall for perfect balmy temps.

Sep 03, 2008 at 8:05 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
If you were getting married here in the Austin area, the answer would be whenever you like. It gets hot here, and rarely gets cold in the winter, and rains infrequently. We're a mobile entertainment service and we frequently play outdoor events, and rarely have weather-related problems. I have no idea where you're planning to get married, but would suggest you talk with a DJ service or two in the are to see if they've had problems. DJ services are a good gauge because they have electronic equipment that needs to stay dry.
Sep 06, 2008 at 3:43 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Either late September/October or late April/May will have cooler weather in Richmond. I wouldn't go past the first weekend in November or before the second weekend in April, it's too risky.
Sep 11, 2008 at 12:57 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
The best time of year depends a great deal on your location. If you're not sure of the wedding patterns where you plan to hold your wedding, you could check with local vendors. If they've been around for a while, they should be able to tell you what to expect.

You can also plan your wedding so you're prepared for anything. If rain is a concern, rent a tent or choose a site that has a covered area you can move to if the weather is poor.

And don't forget about sun and heat. They can be just as problematic as wet weather for guests, especially elderly. A tent can help. They offer shelter from the sun and rain, and if it gets too cold or windy -- say, if you're having an evening or late-season wedding -- you can also get sidewalls and heaters. Clear or French-window sidewall can be a good option if you need protection from the weather but still want to see your outdoor surroundings. For photos, check out

Best of luck!

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Sep 11, 2008 at 6:19 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
i think september is a beautiful of my favorites!

Jennifer Schumacher Photography
Sep 25, 2008 at 5:47 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I see you are from Richmond. I got married at an outdoor ceremony in Northern Virginia. The first advice is have a backup indoor option because no matter how much you plan Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Look on the internet for historical weather data and see how often it rains on the days you are considering and what the average temperature is. For Virginia, I would suggest May or October. May - before the summer humidity hits. mid to late October is actually the most popular month for weddings (at least in Northern VA) the leaves are turning, the weather is crisp and for photos the light is great. My ceremony was early June (family logistics made it be June) and we go lucky. It was too warm at the rehearsal the day before and we considered going inside but the weather cooled on the wedding day and was beautiful.

Also, look at the outdoor location. Is it shadey? Will the angle of the sun be in people eyes? You want your guests to be comfortable.

Good Luck!

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