Hi! Our reception is at an indoor/outdoor venue in NC on June 6. Essentially it’s like a big house with some inside seating options and our buffet will be inside (bar will be on the front porch). There’s a lawn area directly next to the house which will be tented and that’s where we will have most of our seating, our sweetheart table and the dance floor/DJ.
The reception will start around 5:30/6 pm and I wanted to get peoples opinion on guests comfort level? If we have fans in the tent will it be too hot? I definitely want people to be outside and under the tent dancing but dancing won’t really start until like 8:30 pm. Obviously people can go inside if they’re hot and people can have dinner both inside and outside. Any ideas or opinions for how to keep people comfortable?
Obviously there's the potential for a huge difference depending where you are in NC, but having grown up there, I did a little research based on my hometown in Raleigh: say your guests are arriving at the house at 5pm (where is cocktail hour?) - that means temp wise you're looking at being between 80-85 degrees and dwindling down from there to around 70 by the end of the evening.
- Consider how formal your wedding is - I'd be much more comfortable in a sundress or cocktail dress out in the summer heat than I would a formal gown, and the guys can take off their jacket but that'll really be their only relief.
- The fans would definitely help, see what the venue or the company providing the tent would recommend for this - will the tent be fully enclosed or just top cover? This may make a difference with fans and how fresh air will be introduced to the area. Will the entire tent have flooring or just the dance floor - helpful to know for those wearing heels.
- WHAT ABOUT THE MOSQUITOS!? As someone who is always swarmed by mosquitos in the summertime this one is a biggie for me (also consider moths and other bugs that will be drawn to the lighting once the sun is down). Definitely talk to the venue about this and see if they get the yard sprayed and ask how effective that process is.
As an NC native, I would be very concerned about not only the heat, but also the humidity, in June. A lot of fans and water is a must. But honestly, I’m not sure you will be able to keep a lot of people outside until the sun goes completely down.
Katie also made a great point about the bugs. Make sure you talk to your venue about a way to combat that!