As Vivian Greene says, “life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” This should not be any different for your wedding day! In fact, many say rain is actually a sign of good luck. Rain stands for varying things, depending on the culture. Here are some meanings behind rain and what it could mean for you and your beloved.
Cleansing: Rain is said to be cleansing and signifies the cleansing of tough times in the past. Thus, allowing you to start your life anew.
Unity: When a knot becomes wet, it is difficult to untie. Hindus believe when you “tie the knot” on a rainy day, your marriage is supposed to be just as difficult to break apart.
Renewal: Your wedding day is the beginning of a new chapter in your life. Rain can signify washing away of past negative occurrences, which will allow you to begin a fresh start with your spouse.
Fertility: Rain waters the ground, leading to fertility of plants. Similarly, rain on your wedding day can signify fertility.
Although rain may bring your good luck, that does not mean the possibility of it being inconvenient is eliminated. Here are some tips to help your day run seamlessly if the rain insists on falling.
- Have a Backup Plan: If the nuptials are set to take place outside, make sure you have a backup plan in place. See if the location you have chosen has an alternative area inside you could utilize. If not, find a second location just in case. If all else fails, have a tent company on standby to step in if necessary!
- Set a Deadline: Decide when you will call the outdoor wedding off and use your backup plan. If you say one week, then stick to it! Remember that if you are using an alternate location, the venue may need advanced notice and you will need to notify vendors (such as if chairs are being delivered). Be sure to ask how early each vendor must be notified.
- Notify the Glam Squad: If rain is in the forecast, see if your makeup and/or hair artists can stay late. This way they can help you touch up your look if needed, especially if photos are postponed. Take note, if you are worried about your hair, a veil will help preserve the style.
- Accessorize: Cute rain boots and umbrellas will not only keep those in the wedding party dry, but can make for cute photos. These accessories can be customized to match your wedding themed with colors, the date of your wedding or monograms. If you are sticking to an outdoor ceremony, regardless of the rain, then providing guests with an umbrella can act as their gift.
- Scheduling: Create a flexible schedule for the day of your wedding. If a downpour is likely to be when you are exchanging vows, then extend the cocktail party for another hour. The same goes for photos. If you wanted to take group shots directly after the vows but it seems like the rain will let up in an hour, wait and try later. Be willing to go with the flow because in the end it will be worth it. To help limit your stress, put someone else in charge of tracking the weather so you can focus on your day, rather than playing meteorologist.
- Talk With Your Photographer: Discuss alternative photo opportunities with your photographer ahead of time. If you really do not want to get wet, there are sure to be overhangs, entrances and nooks you can locate to pose under. If you are lucky, you will end up with dazzling photos such as these.
Mother Nature is oftentimes unpredictable. Do not focus on what you cannot control and instead focus on your new beginning, guests that have travelled to spend the day with you and the love you will be surrounded by on your special day. Relax and enjoy this day, rain or shine! If you feel that there’s a chance of rain on your wedding and want to make sure your pictures will look fabulous, give us a call at (631) 589-7735 or fill out the contact form.