IS IT GOOD LUCK IF IT RAINS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY // If we quickly asked you to name your biggest wedding day fear, what would it be? If you said rain on your wedding day you’re most likely to be in good company.
As wedding coordinators, we always find ourselves being the ones to calm nerves, that give kind words of wisdom and the ones who know the best possible outcome however, when it comes to rain, unfortunately theres just nothing we can do about Mother Nature! Besides, if rain is a symbol of good luck, surely we should grab an umbrella and smile! Yes you heard right….in many cultures, rain is seen as a symbol of good luck!
Many cultures believe that rain on your wedding day is good luck. In the Hindu tradition rain on the wedding day is considered lucky, as it is believed to foretell a strong marriage. The logic behind this belief is that a wet knot is more difficult to untie. (Getting married is often referred to as “tying the knot.”) So if it rains on your wedding day you will have a long happy marriage!
The luck continues as it also represents many things in other cultures too:
Tears: And we see lots of tears! Rain on your wedding day is good luck because it symbolises the last tears that the bride will shed for the rest of her life.
Cleansing: Rain on your wedding day is seen as good luck because it signifies the cleansing of tough times or sadness in your past. Sources say this since rain tends to wash away dirt and even pollution.
Fertility: This belief came about since rain ultimately waters the ground and lends to fertility, The rain signifies growth – the same as for plants and vegetation.
Unity: Rain also signifies that your marriage will last. As you know, a knot that becomes wet is extremely hard to untie – therefore, when you “tie the knot” on a rainy day, your marriage is supposedly just as hard to unravel! We can thank Hindu traditions for this belief.
Renewal: And finally, the rain is good luck because it signifies washing away of bad memories or occurrences and, in effect, gives you a completely new, fresh chapter in your life. You know that refreshing scent after the rain, just when the sun starts peaking back through the clouds? That “new day” feeling is where this belief came from – that your wedding will truly be the beginning of a new chapter in your lives.
Whenever we are asked ‘what happens if it rains on my wedding day’ we always have one special wedding that instantly stands out for us. Caroline & Matthew, Calke Abbey, July 2014!
Our worst ever experience of rain on a wedding day….and Caroline & Matthew did nothing, they just embraced it!
The fabulous memories, the photographs, the sheer joy of excitement from the happy couple and the laughter was magical to see. Caroline is the only bride we have ever known to wear orange Jimmy Choo wellingtons on a wedding day. Thats definitely a story to tell the grand kids.
The unexpected heavy downpour completely surprised us but what amazed us more about this day was the glorious sunshine and clear skies that shortly followed. It went from one extreme to another.
Images courtesy of the fabulous Newton Photography
If you need some extra encouragement to fully embrace the idea of rain on your wedding day, Brides.com also get it. That’s why they have gathered seven reasons (see below) you’ll actually want rain. And yes, we’re completely in agreement with them.
Here you go…
1. You’ll love your photos.
When you think of taking snapshots in the rain, put aside your visions of frizzing hair and stepping your peep-toes into puddles, and instead focus on the photo-op at hand. “Photos with umbrellas can be so cute that you might even wish for rain,” says Samuels. “Multi-colored or completely clear, there’s an artistic opportunity to take advantage of with rain.” In fact, if you fear rain is in your forecast, “consider silk-screening the bridal party’s names on the umbrellas so that the photo is even more cute,” Samuels suggests.
2. Rain gives you an excuse to cuddle.
As Nicole Harris, co-founder of One Last Frog in Southern California, reminds us, “rain is romantic.” Think of it this way: A light drizzle or a huge downpour will encourage you to cuddle close to your new spouse under the same umbrella — or find fun ways to warm one another up or dry one another off! Plus, Harris says, “the patter of the rain on umbrellas and the windows is the sweetest sound you’ll hear, and is a sound that is associated with romance.”
3. Your flowers could last longer.
You can’t wait to see your centre pieces only to find that when you’ve arrived to your tented reception, they’ve succumbed to the heat and wilted. But that won’t happen on a rainy day, says Rhae Adams, owner and lead designer of Found in Nature in Kansas City. “Flowers are less likely to wilt in rainy conditions,” she says. “Overcast skies, cooler temperatures and humidity all generally make flowers happier than sun, heat and dry air.”
4. It’ll make for a great story.
Wedding day disasters may not seem funny in the moment, but one day you’ll love telling your children — or, heck, anyone who will listen — the epic story of how you battled a big storm on your wedding day to your grandchildren, Samuels says. “Everyone loves a good story, and if hurricane winds ripped your wedding arch down or a torrential downpour caused your updo to go south or makeup to melt, you can be the hero of the story that persevered and loved every moment of it, the good, the bad and the ugly.”
5. You could see a rainbow.
What comes at the end of an awful storm? “If it rains and the rain stops, the perfect rainbow backdrop can be created,” says Harris. And, she adds, “it’s free of charge, thanks to mother nature.” Who doesn’t love free decor?
6. It could be good luck.
Maybe in your mind, rain on your wedding day is the worst thing that can happen. A sign, if you will, that you have really bad luck. But, says Samuels, “in some cultures, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck, symbolizing fertility and cleansing. So whether you are superstitious or just prefer to look on the bright side, think of it this way: Who couldn’t use a little good luck on their big day?”
7. You can say bye-bye to that stuffy nose.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, the last thing you may want on your wedding day is hot, sunny skies — the perfect conditions to kick your allergies into high gear and turn your nose and eyes red, says Adams. “Rain reduces airborne pollen,” she explains, “so if it’s allergy season, you and your wedding party will feel better.”