Yesterday it was May 15 and the temperature hovered in the 50’s. The day before saw temperatures much the same including big dark clouds, wind and rain. This is Pittsburgh- the windy city. It is also a city where if you are planning an outdoor event you need to consider the weather.
We always forewarn our clients that if they choose to have an outdoor event in April (don’t even consider it), May, September or October, they must either have a back up plan or reserve patio heaters from a local rental company. These can be placed around your pavilion or outdoor area.
In our experience, even barn weddings can be quite chilly in early spring or fall. Guests will frequently dress in clothing that is not warm enough. We were witness to short dresses and sandals at a barn wedding last year where temperatures hovered in the 60’s with wind and rain. Part of the barn was wide open and yes, it was chilly.
What’s the best way to deal with these issues? Here’s a checklist if you’re absolutely set on a May, September or October outdoor event:
- Is your venue/barn heated?
- Does your pavilion or tent have sidewalls that can be rolled down in case of rain?
- Have you reserved patio heaters from your rental company?
- Consider baskets of rolled up lap blankets placed around the barn for guests.
- Have an insert in your invitation that reminds guests to dress appropriately for the weather.
- Have a back up plan if you are at an outdoor pavilion.
If you’re renting a pavilion in a questionable weather season, consider having a church hall, community center, or fire hall on reserve in case of chilly temperatures or bad weather. This may cost you just a bit, but the peace of mind is worth it.