Climate Control

Brides Behind the Scenes

How to weatherproof your wedding and outfox Mother Nature's unexpected punches: Consulting a Magic 8 Ball ("Outlook good") doesn't count as being prepared. Depending on your locale and the season, you may have to contend with a downpour, a snow-storm, or a heat wave on your big day. We've got tips that'll help your wedding run smoothly, come rain or come shine.

PROBLEM You planned an outdoor ceremony, but now there's a 60 percent chance of rain.

SOLUTION Since ceremonies are short, don't go nuts with an elaborate plan B. An indoor reception space gives you lots of options; talk to your reception manager about staging the I do's on the dance floor or in a hallway if it starts to pour. Much of the outdoor decor—pots of daisies, rose petals—should work indoors as well, says Jesse Brix, a Seattle-based planner (truecolorsevents.com).

PROBLEM How can we stay dry going from point A (home) to point B (the ceremony) to point C (the reception)?

SOLUTION Get dressed at the ceremony site, and pack extra shoes for dashing through puddles. Ushers holding 60-inch golf umbrellas (available at sporting-goods stores) can escort guests to and from their cars, says Kate Parker, a wedding planner in Somersworth, New Hampshire (kateparkerweddings.com).

PROBLEM A big storm is predicted for the morning of your wedding, and many of your guests won't want to drive.

SOLUTION Reserve a bus or a large van to take out-of-towners from their hotels to the wedding. But be prepared to accept reality: A large number of guests may not attend. If that's the case, ask your banquet manager to reconfigure the room so it looks cozy, not empty, with the smaller crowd.

—Rory Evans, BRIDES magazine

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