Spring's milder temperatures make a midday outdoor wedding comfortable. But just like any other season, Mother Nature might have a few tricks up her sleeve. Knowing how to avoid (or deal with) these obstacles will keep your guests comfortable and ensure your day goes off without a hitch.
Play it safe by having a plan B, like a tent or indoor option on hold in case it rains. If guests will be walking between different venues, rent tented hallways to provide coverage along the way. For spaces with a flat front, order a canopy and have valet parking (and plenty of umbrellas on hand) to guarantee that guests stay dry.
On that note, all that rain (or melting snow) combined with warmer temperatures can turn your venue into a muddy mess. Protect your dress by charging a bridesmaid with holding your train as you walk. If your dress does get muddy, wait until the dirt dries (a blow dryer can speed up the process) and flick it off. Then use an instant stain remover stick to get rid of any remaining mud. To protect your wedding-day heels (and create a cute photo op), consider wearing wellies and gifting your attendants coordinating rain boots in your wedding colors. If a tent is part of your plan A or B, renting flooring for the entire space can keep the wet spring ground from turning your reception into a mudslide.
If a heat wave hits, hang parasols and fans along the back of chairs for guests to grab, and serve chilled beverages to keep them comfortable and hydrated while they wait for the ceremony to start. Another fun way to keep guests cool: Buy small cold packs, put them in fabric sleeves imprinted with your monogram, and have your ushers hand out the frozen favors (for wrists and the back of necks) with the programs.
But then again, evenings can get chilly. In most parts of the country, nighttime temperatures in the spring can drop into the 50s (or lower), especially in March and early April. Use your wedding website to advise guests, especially out-of-towners, about proper attire for cooler nights. If you're hosting part of your celebration outdoors or inside a tent, rent portable heaters for when the sun sets. A gracious touch: Set out a basket of pashminas or blankets in your wedding colors.