The Threat of Rain

There is an old saying that rain on your wedidng day is a  lucky omen.  The Italians even have a saying for it, “Sposa bagnata, sposa fotunata”, which means that a wet bride is a lucky bride.  In the U.S., it is commonly repeated that rain is lucky, although most bries would prefer a dry day and a little less luck.

Rain is also considered to be a good wedding omen in Germany, Sweden, and France.  This is possible because rain is associated with a bountiful harvest, and thus, fertility.  Some believe that the rainier the wedding day, the more children the marriage will produce.

However, not everyone considers rain to be a lucky charm; consider the old adage, “Happy is the bride whom the suns shines on”.  There are several superstitions that are said the ward off rain on the wedding day.  One is to feed your cat on the morning of the wedding (this is a strange one – shouldn’t you feed your cat every morning?).  Catholics can hang a rosary outdoors on the date of their nuptuals to put a stop to rain in time for the cermeony.  In parts of Spain, to avoid rain the bride or her mother can delvier a dozen freshly laid eggs to the nuns of the convent of St. Clare.

Whether you consider rain to be a lucky sign or not there is always a chance that it will fall onyour wedding date.  To make wet weather less of an issue, plan in advace for inclement weather.  If you are planning an outdoor wedding, check the Farmer’s Almanac for the driest times of the year in your hometown.  Also be prepared with shelter for guests and the couple, or a backup location if the weather forces you to move the cermeony inside.  For weddings in tents, order a floor to avoid having your reception in a mud pit.

If it does end up raining on your wedding day, the best thing to do is grin and bear it.  I once attended a weddding cermeony held in a park on a very wet day.  It was treacherous going down a steep hill of wet grass in high heels, but the couple posted usehers with large umbrellas and rain boots to escort the ladies to the cermeony site which was tented.  Some of the male wedding guests also pitched in to help.  It rained and rained, to the point where you could barely hear the musicians playing while the guests were being seated (an we were all wonderin ghow we would hear the vows).  Then the most amazing thing happened: just as the cermeony began, the rain stopped and the sky cleared.  The bride and groom exhcnaged their vows unde a beautiful beam of sunshine, which seemed like a lucky omen, indeed.

So if the weatherman predicts inclement wethar for your weddin day, just remember the Italian saying “Sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata” A wet bride is a lucky bride.  If you don’t buy into the idea that rain is lucky, there is always the old standby: Rain, rain, go away – come again another day!

Until next time,


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