Chantelle
Devoted October 2021

How Hot Is Too Hot for Outdoor Ceremony?

Chantelle, on October 3, 2021 at 8:48 AM Posted in Planning 0 18
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Our wedding day is calling for an 80 degree high, is that too hot? Our outdoor wedding ceremony is on Sunday 10/10 so I can’t see exact deets (like heat index or dew point) yet, but I’m hoping of course that it isn’t humid-humid.


We are in Virginia, so I am hoping that 80 degrees in October feels different from 80 degrees in July. The ceremony area takes place on a forested/shaded terrace behind the venue building. Should I purchase some hand held fans (while I still have some time) and provide water bottles? Bug spray lol? Any advice is appreciated thanks in advance!How Hot Is Too Hot for Outdoor Ceremony? 1

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Latest activity by Rosie, on October 5, 2021 at 12:17 AM
  • Shannon
    Dedicated July 2022
    Shannon ·
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    I feel 80 degrees isn’t too hot especially since it’s in a shaded area. If it was over 80 and sunny, water is a good idea. Can’t see guests spraying bug spray on their wedding attire. Beautiful ceremony venue!
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  • Hannah
    Dedicated October 2021
    Hannah ·
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    Ours was 91 degrees and while it was a bit warm during the ceremony, once people had cool drinks and could sit down in the shaded reception area, it was much more manageable! It’s always a gamble with weather for outdoor weddings, but 80 is a pretty good temp!
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  • Ariel
    Devoted October 2021
    Ariel ·
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    80 degrees isn’t too hot. I went to a wedding and at ceremony start time it was 103F. That was too hot.
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  • Mrs.a
    Master October 2021
    Mrs.a ·
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    You’re lucky if you get 80 degree weather. It was cold and extremely windy for our minimony last year.
    Be grateful 😊
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  • Katie
    Rockstar August 2020
    Katie ·
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    I went to an outdoor ceremony in July on a very hot, muggy day. Upon arrival they had icy, cold water for guests and this helped me tremendously. It was shaded and with the water, I was very comfortable. ❤️
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  • Ashlee
    Expert September 2022
    Ashlee ·
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    We went to a wedding in July and while it was a covered patio, it was still open to outside and very hot and humid. They had the bar open before the ceremony for cocktails, beer, soda and water so guests could try to stay cool during the ceremony. But I don't think 80 and in a shaded area will be bad. Providing water would be nice but not necessary. I also don't think guests would want to put bug spray on their wedding attire. Maybe check and see if the venue can fog/spray that area the day before to help keep bugs away

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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
    Sexypoodle ·
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    Yes to ice cold water. Yes to fans. 80 degrees isn’t scorching, but it can become uncomfortable if you’re sitting out in it (especially if the ceremony is late). Is the outside area covered/shaded? Or in direct sunlight? Sweating while wearing nice attire sucks. But if your guests are locals they’re probably used to it.
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
    Yasmine ·
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    Oh you'll be fine especially for October in Virginia!
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  • W
    Super September 2020
    Willow ·
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    That is a beautiful venue!!


    I'd have ice water at least. Can you turn the programs into fans?
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  • E
    Super July 2023
    Eniale ·
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    Yes to water. Maybe to fans. I would see if you can get fans from somewhere that you could return them if they weren't used before committing to them. If it's 80 degrees and dry, water will be plenty to keep people comfortable. If it's 80 degrees at muggy, you would want to consider fans.

    Don't assume that just because some individuals are fine with 80 degrees outside that everyone will be.

    If you have any elderly guests, any pregnant guests, or any guests with underlying health conditions, this could still be very uncomfortable for them.

    As someone who will get bit by every single bug in the vicinity, I would recommend bug repellant. You have a very outdoorsy, wooded area. You could consider wipes, this is what I prefer to use so I can control exactly where the repellant goes (so it isn't on my clothes.) The people who need it will use it.

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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal ·
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    I agree with others that this is likely to vary based on several factors like humidity and how much shade there will be at your ceremony time. If the site is only partially shaded, there can be a HUGE difference in temperature/comfort in the shade vs. out. Daughter's wedding was in January, and after a week of rain, we were thrilled they had a gorgeous sunny day. BUT, even though it was only 78 degrees and low humidity (So Cal) we were in direct sun and I started to get sweaty.... Poor husband in his black suit was trying not to drip. Smiley winking It was okay, but if it had been even a little warmer or the ceremony had lasted much longer (it was < 30 min), I think some people would definitely have been uncomfortable. Given the best guesses about the amount/location of shade, humidity, length of ceremony, etc., I'd probably err on the side of caution and do whatever you can to help ensure guests are comfortable.

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  • CountryBride
    VIP April 2022
    CountryBride ·
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    I think you should be fine it's going to feel like a July 75 or 70 degree weather

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  • Ashley
    Expert October 2021
    Ashley ·
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    Do. Not. Panic. It’s going to be beautiful, and all your guests will look at the wether beforehand, so I’m sure they’ll be prepared. 🤓
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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    80 degrees would be my cut off. But what time is your wedding? 80 degrees as the sun is starting to set is much different than 80 degrees at 2:00 p.m. when the sun is glaring down on you! Based on the description of your venue, I think you will be just fine. Also, your guests will likely check the weather beforehand and dress accordingly.

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  • anna
    Devoted October 2019
    anna ·
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    I think 80 degrees is perfect! I also had an October wedding in Virginia and although it was indoors, the high was near 80. I attended an August wedding once, outdoors in full sun in the mid-afternoon with a high of 90, and THAT was way too hot.

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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    80 is ok for most people. Make sure you have shade and water for everyone. However high humidity and dry heat both make for miserable times regardless of the temperature.
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  • Rosie
    Rockstar February 2022
    Rosie ·
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    My sister's wedding was over 105, and whilst very, very hot was totally manageable! So I think 80 would be fine. Although, I've heard people say that it's not the heat, it's the humidity that get's you, and this was a dry heat so take what I'm saying with a grain of salt, haha!

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