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Just Said Yes September 2021

March wedding with covid risk or September wedding with weather risk?

Maria, on December 15, 2020 at 3:29 PM Posted in Planning 0 30
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My fiance and I had a beautiful outdoor garden wedding planned for March 21 this year in Phoenix. The pandemic picked up steam when we were about 10 days out, and we postponed to the same date next year, 3/21/21. We thought a year would be plenty of time for us to get widespread testing and other measures in place but ... America.

Given that things are still so in flux, I reached out to the garden about possible fall dates this week. They've put a soft hold on Sept. 25 for us, which is the only date they have open for the rest of the year, given other weddings and exhibits (I was even willing to get married on a Wednesday if needed but even weekdays are closed).

The problem is, September is still quite warm in Phoenix. Sometimes it's not terrible - highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s, which is doable and even nice here since there's no humidity (especially with fans and shade for daytime). Other years, high temps on that date have topped 100 with lows in the 90s.

If we postpone to Sept. 25, the garden has an indoor space for guests to wait ahead of the ceremony, and they gave us a recommendation for Vector climate control evap fans that are pricey to rent but apparently helped so much during a prior September event that guests asked to turn them down. That wouldn't help for pictures in the garden, etc., though.

Long story short: Either way, I will majorly be trying my luck. Do I keep the March date and hope for the best COVID-wise, or take the September date and hope for the best weather-wise?

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Latest activity by MLS, on December 17, 2020 at 7:07 PM
  • Katie
    Expert January 2021
    Katie
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    I would take my chances on weather over covid.

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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna
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    I'd take the September date for sure.

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  • A
    Super September 2020
    Alli
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    I would do September personally! We got married in September in NC and it was 80 during the day and humid, but by evening it was absolutely perfect. Definitely risky either way though 馃槱
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle
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    September in Phoenix is not that bad honestly. Better choice if you can do it. Another option is to elope now and have a renewal of vows in September
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle
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    100% do september.

    i was in a wedding in tucson in late september and although phoenix is a bit hotter than tucson, still i know what that feels like. it was definitely hot and sweaty that's for sure, but at the end of the day that's better than risking covid in a march wedding.

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    Veronica
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    I would go with the September date. We got married on the hottest day of the year last year. However, our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception were indoors. We did take some outdoor photos, but in the same so that we weren't dying from the heat.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar April 2021
    Michelle
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    I鈥檇 do September. If it was August than you know it would be blazing hot, September you have a chance of better weather, especially it鈥檚 towards the tail end of the month.
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  • Maria
    Just Said Yes September 2021
    Maria
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    I'm assuming this was outdoors (?) Were you dying during pictures, haha?

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  • Maria
    Just Said Yes September 2021
    Maria
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    That's where I'm struggling! Looking at past temps there were several years where it was over 100, but two years where highs were in 80s and lows were in 60s, totally doable. Gah. Thanks!

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  • Kari
    VIP May 2020
    Kari
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    Covid is definitely going to still be an issue in March. Many people won't even have access to the vaccine yet, and very few will have completely a full round of treatment and building immunity.

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    September is a much better bet. There still may be some pandemic precautions in place, but we may also be almost out of the woods by that time. Things are not going to look normal in March.

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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle
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    Absolutely! the ceremony and photos were outdoors and we literally would stand in front of a fan and air out our sweaty thighs and butts! haha. there's photos of us just lifting our dresses up so that the fan can air us out.

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  • Tone
    Devoted July 2021
    Tone
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    Is the wedding outside? also are there restrictions in your area/ how many people are coming? If you make masks mandatory for the wedding and its outside I don鈥檛 see a problem with keeping your date, but it really depends on how comfortable you and your guests feel.
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  • Jodie
    Dedicated April 2021
    Jodie
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    I live in Arizona as well and I would chance it with the weather and pick the September date. Sometimes after we have spent months in the 110s those low hundred degree days almost feel refreshing!! (Haha). Plus the evenings then are typically a bit more tolerable
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    Dedicated September 2021
    ALY C
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    1000000% September. It honestly could rain in March. My birthday is near your proposed wedding date and I am from Phoenix and dine outside for my birthday celebration almost every year. It cools down at night.

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  • Maria
    Just Said Yes September 2021
    Maria
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    Yes, outdoors. Events are currently capped at 50 here though and my parents etc will be coming in from out of town.
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  • Maria
    Just Said Yes September 2021
    Maria
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    You鈥檙e absolutely right haha I just worry about the half of our guest list that鈥檚 not from here. Eep
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  • Maria
    Just Said Yes September 2021
    Maria
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    Agreed. I鈥檓 actually a reporter so am super familiar with vaccine timeline and rollout projections etc. I wouldn鈥檛 be opposed to doing something smaller in March if only my family were local Smiley sad Worried about my parents not being protected yet.
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  • T
    Super April 2021
    Tiger Bride
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    Weather, 100%.
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  • A
    Devoted May 2021
    Ally
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    The weather is much easier to deal with and there are many hacks for extreme weather such as portable fans etc. Covid restrictions especially as soon as March will likely be much more difficult for you to deal with. But theres also not really a 100% promise things will be normal in September either so if you feel you can do your wedding in March I would just do it instead of postponing
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  • Jeanette
    Just Said Yes October 2020
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    I say keep March! As long as your vendors are still open and the important people say that don't mind the risk I think you should stick with March. The heat is miserable for a wedding. We just had our October wedding in Jamaica and we stuck it out through all the covid stuff which was definitely a pain but honestly we still had an amazing time and we're able to get married 馃挅 but it was sooooo hot (jamaica always is tho, and humid) and honestly that's my only problem from the entire experience was how hot I was in my big puffy dress trying to do allll the photos in that heat. So girl, stick with March!
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