Wet Bride – Lucky Bride?
I don’t know how many times brides have said to me “ as long as it doesn’t rain!”
Many photographers have said that they prefer shooting professional wedding shots out of the full sun. The sunshine creates harsh shadows, creates squinting from the people in the shot and does not normally provide the best photographs. The softer light of a dull day does look fabulous on photographs.
Rain on your wedding day could be considered a stroke of luck for several reasons. Rain symbolizes blessings, cleansing, unity, and a new start.
First of all, rain signifies blessings, and everyone wants their marriage to be blessed. Blessings speak of hope and approval. Blessings also connote prosperity, both in a material and physical sense.
Rain also cleanses, ever notice how fresh and clean everywhere looks after a shower of rain? How nice is it to see beautiful umbrellas being used as props in wedding shots? A good ‘Plan B’ would be to include those on your list if you are having an outdoor wedding ceremony.
After the rain, there is a clean slate that allows you to begin afresh and anew. For those getting married, a new beginning is envisioned as they embark on their life together.
In addition, rain is a sign of fertility. Water makes things grow. Many couples have the hopeful expectation that there marriage will be blessed with children. Therefore in some cultures rain on your wedding day is viewed as a sign that the couple will have many children, and of course, children are considered a blessing.
Fertility is also extended to material wealth, as it signifies abundant resources, productivity, and a bountiful harvest.
Rain on your wedding day can also signify unity. The rationale behind this stems from the reference to marriage as “tying the knot.” It is no secret that a wet knot is much harder to pull apart than a dry one, as the water makes it harder to untie.
Generally, rain is also considered a sign of restoration. It suggests that things that might have been considered dry or dying will regain strength, due to the rain that regenerates and brings renewal.
Rain on your wedding day is in essence a mark of fortune. It is expected that the day is the dawn of a lifetime which will spill over with good luck. It signifies blessings and success. Bearing all this in mind, and on a practical note, do have a Plan B. Have a place to have your wedding ceremony in a sheltered spot, away from rain if your Plan A is to be outside somewhere. If you are marrying in a park or bush area, then plan to book a hall or similar as plan B. it may seem expensive or over-planning, but it wont be if it does rain!