With all this rain today (good old British Summer Time!) it has made me think about how rain on your wedding day is meant to be good luck. Are you superstitious?
When you think about some of the reasons behind why it is considered lucky then you realise the logic. Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t want it to rain on anyone’s big day but some of it does make sense.
In some countries rain is sparse and so when it arrives and the crops flourish this is seen as a blessing. A sign of fertility. Many couples hope their marriage will be blessed with children and in some cultures it is seen that if it rains on your wedding day your shall have many children.
Rain also cleanses. So now is seen as a clean slate. A new beginning
Rain can also signify unity with reference to “tying the knot.” Have you ever tried to pull apart a wet knot? I’t much harder than a dry one! The creation of a strong bond that cannot be broken.
That all sounds good to me. But don’t worry I won’t be doing a rain dance before every wedding!
So, what about some of the other superstitions?
The Bride and Groom not seeing each other before the ceremony. I know I shouldn’t but this makes me chuckle. The apparent reasoning for this in years gone by was that it would give the couple a chance to change their minds! When marriage was likened to a business deal – rich land owner with a son etc (think Pride & Prejudice). Today, however, people choose to get ready together or see each other shortly before the service and have their photographer capture it.
There are many superstitions regarding flowers, the colour of the Brides gown, which day of the week you get married on. And of course the one everyone knows:
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe.
Something old represents continuity. Something new offers optimism for the future. Something borrowed symbolises borrowed happiness. Something blue stands for purity, love and fidelity. And a silver sixpence in your shoe, other than sounding REALLY uncomfortable is a wish for good fortune.
You can, of course do what you like, it is after all, your wedding day but it seems we like the comfort and sentiment of these traditions and superstitions.
So, if it does happen to rain on your wedding day try and see the good in it, you are being blessed.