Weathering the Storm

The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis fields this week's wedding questions. Today: Avoid bad-weather issues with a little planning (and a lot of umbrellas)

bride and umbrella

Maryanne asks: “I’m having a backyard wedding outdoors at mom and dad’s home, which they so graciously have allowed us to use. I know they say that everyone talks about the weather, but nobody can do anything about it. Do you have any suggestions for being ‘weather-ready?’ ”

Dear Maryanne: There are lots of things you can do to “protect” yourself. Considered having a tent set up — not only will it work if it rains, but it also provides shade on a sunny day and a cooler environment for the food. If you plan to go ahead regardless of the weather, you can, in your invitations, ask guests to bring umbrellas. As backup, have several large golf umbrellas available.

If you live in an area that sometimes gets severe weather such as hurricanes, you might want to consider wedding insurance — read up on this in my earlier blog post, “A Little Insurance Goes a Long Way.” Many contracts cover postponements or cancellations due to severe weather. For other information about wedding weather issues, check out the article “Weather-Related Problems and Solutions."

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Congratulations — you're involved in a wedding! Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride or hubby-to-be, an attendant or a guest, Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all your need-to-know questions about your nuptials.

Judy Lewis is the founder of, the one-stop resource for services and products, promotions and specials, a Regional Bridal Show schedule, Wed Shop, and links to money-saving and wedding-related Web sites. In her spare time, Judy loves to compose poetry and create collages. She currently resides in Kingston with her husband and business partner, Jon.



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