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Any fall brides planning for an outdoor wedding ceremony?

Michelle, on October 10, 2019 at 4:58 PM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 0 21
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What is your cut-off temperature to move your wedding inside? My date is 10/24/20 and historical averages show 62 degrees partly cloudy/sunny for Ohio. It can be as low as 50's or as high as high 60's...the highest being 70 that day. I'm crossing my fingers it's at least 60's and SUNNY because I know when it's cloudy and windy, it can make a big difference.


I am shooting for an outdoor wedding but if it's 60's and cloudy/windy, we're moving it inside. If it's sunny then we'd keep it but we plan to note on the invitations "Wedding ceremony will be held outdoors in the courtyard garden weather permitting, please dress accordingly" so they know. I'd also plan to buy bridesmaids shawls as part of their gifts as well lol.

Indoors would be okay but I just love the garden area...it'd be a shame for people not to see it. I'm even thinking if it is indoors to put a sign pointing to the area outside in the back LOL a lot of people here take "breathers" to cool down outside even during winter here or smoke.

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Latest activity by Free, on October 22, 2019 at 11:56 AM
  • Kelsey
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    Kelsey ·
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    I am not having an outdoor ceremony but for the cut off point for me where I am cold. Would probably be low 50s with no sun and windy. I am always warm though so I don't mind the cooler weather lol.

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  • R
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    Roxana ·
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    I'm getting married on the 26th of this month in Northern VA.

    Our ceremony will be outdoors and in the morning!

    At first I was worried it would be pushing it (the average temperate for our date is 65, but with it being a morning wedding it could be a lot cooler). However, I decided that I really wanted an outdoor ceremony and that if people are forced to sit out for sweltering August ceremonies, then they can be a bit chilly for my October ceremony!

    Projected weather for the day of is 68 Degrees right now!

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  • Michaela
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    Lol MN girl here. My cousin got married almost a month ago and it was only 45 and windy. Midwestern's have thick skin!!

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  • Sharon
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    I'm planning on outdoor ceremony in NYC for next Oct. I don't mind if it's a little on the cooler side, actually I prefer it. But I do worry about the guest being cool. But if the sun is out they'll have to deal. I also plan on letting them know its outdoors and dress accordingly.
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  • J
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    Oct. 2020 Chicagoland bride here! We're actually doing things reversed! Lol. Indoor ceremony, outdoor reception!! I'm obsessed with fall, and I've always wanted an outdoor fall wedding. We're gonna be in a botanic gardens under a newly constructed pavilion that will have roll down canvas sides (like that of tent sides w/ fake windows). We'll keep them up, unless its windy/rainy. But we plan on having blankets for people, probably renting heaters (although its 75 degrees here today! Lol), and also gonna have a small firepit for s'mores. I'm praying and crossing all fingers that the weather cooperates, and it can just be a gorgeous fall day for us!
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  • Michelle
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    Right? My thinking too, haha. I’ve sat in so many humid and HOT weddings and receptions and I survived. 😂 it’s only for a few minutes. Early guests can grab coffee in the bar and lounge before being seated.
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  • Michelle
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    Yes they do. Luckily 98% of mine are local. Maybe a couple are from warmer areas like SoCal but the rest are from Boston and San Francisco (even then she is from Ohio too).
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  • Laura
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    FL November bride here. All I’ve been worried about is my guests baking in the heat. Now far out weather forecasts have it in the 50s! Obviously that could be wrong, likely is that far out. But I have no back up plan for that.
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  • Toni
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    We are getting married November 2nd. I’m already looking at the weather 🤣 I mean if we need to be inside that’s fine but I’m so hoping for outdoors!!! Especially with all the leaves changing
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  • Michelle
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    Good luck!
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  • Katie
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    Katie ·
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    We are getting married on November 15th in Maryland. The temps are so hit and miss here that it could be 89 degrees that day
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  • Laura
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    Thanks. We knew we were rolling the dice with our. It’s a very unpredictable time of year here.
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  • Kelly
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    We got married October 6th and had an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour/dinner. But October is summer where I live so it was low 70s. If it’s cooler than mid to low 60s I would get a few heaters.
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  • E
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    Hello date twin! We are doing an indoor ceremony but our reception will be outdoors. We'll be in Georgia so I'm not overly concerned about temperature and the only thing that'll make me move inside is rain
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  • Michelle
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    I think I'd take 50's cloudy weather over any kind of rain lol but right now I'm trying to not even worry so much of what's going to happen a year out from now of what I don't have control over.

    I'll just continue to keep note of the weather each day and see how it feels to get a feel of next year. Right now it's 58, partly sunny and cloudy, a bit of wind but it feels nice. People are still walking around in shorts but its sweater weather as well. Most important thing I keep trying to remember is to not have it stress me out and that I finally get to marry my love.

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  • Meghan
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    I got married this past Saturday, 10/5, outdoors (reception outside as well). Where I live the temps are very unpredictable during the fall. However, we ended up with a high of 68 and I got married at 5:30 pm. All of our guests talked about how amazing the weather was. Everyone checked the weather that day and brought a shawl or coat for later in the evening when the sun went down.
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  • Teresa
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    I am doing an outdoor wedding in early October. Where we live in Southwestern MO it is generally still nice and warm. I know our venue has an area were we can move inside if need be but I am praying that will not be needed!

    The part that worries me is the reception part. My future in laws really wanted us to do everything at their beautiful campground, we agreed to have the reception there in the pavilion. I am worried that it will get too chilly. We have propane heaters and one side of the pavilion has drop down doors we can use, but the other does not. I think that is my only concern and will ask the FFIL and FMIL if we can add some shutters to the other side. I am sure that will be fine with them. Actually, knowing them, they already have this in the works. They are so excited they are having the roof redone "so the guests won't have to stare at the 70's brown" according to my FFIL Smiley smile Smiley heart .

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  • Cierra
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    We have the same wedding date! ❤
    I am doing a fully outdoor wedding (Rustic Barn setting), but I am located in GA. It really never gets too cold, but just in case we made sure our venue supplied space heaters, we will have bonfires lit with s'mores and other activities close by as the night goes on and the temp drops, as well as some blankets and wraps for anyone who made need one during if it does get chilly! I really haven't had to think about it being too cold, but I am scared it may rain!
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  • Marina
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    We are getting married October 3 and we are having an outdoor ceremony. We are in NC and it’s usually still pretty toasty here in October (it’s 80 today) but we don’t plan to move indoors unless there’s rain, mainly because we really like the outdoor area! But it is in a courtyard so there should definitely be shade when we are out there! Plus all of our NC guests should be used to the heat haha
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  • Michelle
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    Michelle ·
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    Well there's hope. People are telling me not to count on it lol. It's going to be 66 on October 24th this year...I'm hoping something in that range next year..

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