Outdoor ceremony and the sun

Has anyone been to an outdoor ceremony before? They look beautiful in pictures because of the natural lighting, but is it comfortable for the guests to be sitting out in the sun for so long?
Posted on March 9, 2007 at 1:28 pm
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JadeGirl
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These days people just pass out cute (and cheap!) parasols for their guests. The main down side though is the people in the back can't see!
Posted on March 9, 2007 at 7:07 pm
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the parasol thing sounds like a really good idea =)
Posted on March 11, 2007 at 6:12 pm
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I've been to quite a few church weddings - no outdoor weddings yet. It'd be a nice change of pace.
Posted on March 11, 2007 at 6:21 pm
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What do you do about bad weather?
Posted on March 11, 2007 at 6:22 pm
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jeanie brings up a good point. Outdoor ceremonies can be very beautiful but can be inconvenient for your guests if there is inclimate weather. It's a good idea to have a backup indoor option incase it starts to rain or it's 100 degrees.

I personally think outdoor wedding ceremonies are beautiful!
Posted on March 12, 2007 at 11:20 am
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I am having an outdoor ceremony in August, but it will be in the evening, just as the sun is setting.
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 8:01 am
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Also what helps is to check out the location before hand to get an idea. We went exactly one year before the date to see what it was like. Just look out for the guests, We're making fan programs and making it quick. Our place is strict so we cannot do much else. But I've been to other outdoor wedding where they will have glasses or water/a specialty drink as guests wait. As well as nice umbrellas out amongst the rows, or you can do the sides, so it accommodates certain guests. Lastly, you can chose a location that may have trees, etc. rather then wide open under the sun. Thats also why we chose our location, its helps bring through the breeze and adds shade...

Before the big day, have some numbers listed for tent companies, just in case- this actually happened to a friend and they were scrabbling to get one. Just be prepared either way...
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 8:09 am
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The last wedding I went to was outdoors. I think they are beautiful, hence why I am having one. But I did have a terrible experience at the outdoor one I went to, so I made several mental notes. The weather was unseasonably HOT. We were all dying and sweating and there was no shade or beverages.

Here are my mental notes, they may seem obsessive but I think I was a little scarred by the experience.
1. Check the weather prior to see if any changes need to be made to ensure the comfort of your guests.
2. If hot, provide water, parasols and potentially sunscreen
3. Get your a$$ down the aisle before anyone passes out...kidding, this is just what I was thinking.
4. If you know any friends or family that are especially sensitive to the sun have parasols and water prepared regardless
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 8:12 am
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im having an our door wedding as well. we MAY provide.. water.. fans or parasols. But then again our wedding is at 530pm so im thinking it might not be as hot around that time. yey
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 8:19 am
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I am having an out door wedding at the and of April...there is an inside option. The ceramony isnt that long
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 8:25 am
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Fans, sunscreen towlettes, water bottles and parasols can make everything more comfortable. Check Oriental Trading, Pearl River Mart and Minimus Biz. Also try Sam's or Costco for bottles of water inexpensively, throw them in a galvanized tub with ice and its a nice relief for hot guests.
http://www.minimus.biz/SearchResult.aspx?KeyWords=sunscreen&gclid=CNnR8b64-ZECFQMKPAodjjqgxA
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 8:37 am
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I'm having my ceremony outdoors, and though it will be short- I'm checking the sun path to make sure it's even an issue and if it is, I plan to rent market umbrellas and scatter them. If I was having a long ceremony and the sun was an issue, I'd definitely rent a tent or canopy.
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 8:44 am
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I had my ceremony and a short reception outdoors in early October. I was worried that it would be too hot, and we didn't have an indoor option. A few weeks before the wedding I went to the site at the time the ceremony would take place to see the location of the sun and it worked out that the guests were mostly in the shade by 3:30 pm. Just in case, I purchased about 30 cheap paper parasols from Oriental Trading to have on hand. A few guests used them and everyone was comfortable. We also had bottled water for anyone who wanted it. We were lucky and had a really nice breeze that kept everyone comfortable, even the guys in their suits.

I was MOH for a wedding years ago that took place outdoors in Livermore, CA in September. There was very little shade during the ceremony, but the reception tables had big umbrellas. It was in the high 80s (not bad for Livermore!) and a lot of guests were really uncomfortable. While I was alright in my spagetti strap gown, just a little sunburned, the poor guys in suits and tuxes were miserable. This was one instance where parasols would have been a relief for many of the guests... I don't know what you would do for the guys though.

Good luck!
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 9:37 am
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We were married outdoors (beach in Hawaii) and I have attended several outdoor weddings. That said, all were at 3 pm or later and not in the direct sun (shaded by trees, etc.). At my wedding we had Palm Fans and Paper Parasols to shade our guests and immediately following we served ice cold drinks. We also provided bug spray (just in case)...since in Hawaii the mosquitos come out at dusk, which was during our cocktail hour. We found some nice smelling bug spray...by Off...it was tropical scented, so it fit our theme.

I attended on wedding that was 100 degrees the shade...miserable! But we made the best of it...had tons of ice water and they even had a snow cone machine. Luckily, we weren't in the direct sunlight, we were shaded, but it was H-O-T!
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 11:13 am
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Outdoor weddings are gorgeous. YOu just have to be careful what month you have it. In July and August which are the hottest months of the year, it could be miserable. I went to one in July and it was horrible.
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 12:04 pm
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The last three weddings I have been to were all outside (very typical in California, I think). Heat was not a problem for any of them (two were in September and one in October), but one of the September ones was really, really bright - I was dying to put on my sunglasses but didn't want to have them on in the pictures. The one in October was in Carmel, and when the sun set it got a little chilly, but by that time we were moving inside for dinner, so it was fine. I do love the parasols that PP suggested. Also, I went to a wedding in the Caribbean where it was pretty hot, and palm fans were provided on each chair - a nice touch.
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 12:39 pm
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The last wedding I attended was outdoors. It was in the middle of the day in June...HOT! They didn't have parasols, fans, trees or a beverage station. It was pretty difficult to enjoy being that we were sitting in our sweat =(. They didn't have a mic and it took place under the flight path of an airport. I think she realized afterward that the timing was a bit off, but it was pretty none the less. Our wedding is outdoor in August but it is taking place at 5:30 so the sun should be setting behind the trees which will be behind the guests and we are having a water/tea/soda station as well as parasols in the event the sun isn't quite gone.
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 1:10 pm
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We are having an outdoor wedding in May in the evening about 1 hour before the sunsets. Even though it shouldn't be too hot, I made sure that my venue included drinks for the ceremony so that the guests can be comfortable. I also went to a wedding that was outdoors once and the one thing I remembered and was a real stickler about was that I couldn't really see the bride and groom because the sun was setting in front of them so all the guests were blinded.
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 8:36 pm
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I'm having an ourdoor wedding in June and it has the potential to get HOT!!! (like 100's hot) Aside from parasols, fans, and cold beverages, I was also thinking about setting up a nice ice container (like one of those tin ones) and filling it up with ice cold towels (like the ones they pass out at hotels). I'll probably infuse them with a little mint essence so they smell and feel refreshing. (It depends on if I can find enough towels for a really cheap price.)
Posted on March 7, 2008 at 4:28 am
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I went to an event in the sun and they supplied those mini evian spray bottles on ice for people- fantastic. Everyone enjoyed being able to mist themselves. They're not cheap, I think $3 a bottle but if you can afford them; they're quite useful.
Posted on March 7, 2008 at 4:34 am
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