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Don’t let a shower of rain spoil the big day

07 Jul 2011

Don’t let a shower of rain spoil the big day

How to beat the rainy day blues if clouds threaten your wedding

There is an old saying that rain on your wedding day is a lucky omen.

The Italians even have a saying for it, “Sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata”, which means that a wet bride is a lucky bride.

Rain is also considered to be a good wedding omen in Germany, Sweden, and France as 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 sun shines on”.

There are several superstitions that are said to ward off rain on the wedding day.

Catholics can hang a rosary outdoors on the day of their nuptials to put a stop to rain in time for the ceremony.

In parts of Spain, to avoid rain the bride or her mother can deliver 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 on your wedding day. So to make wet weather less of an issue, plan in advance.

Always look at the weather forecasts for the time of year when you are first making plans – naturally enough the weather is better in summer which is when the majority of weddings are.

For weddings in tents, order a floor to avoid having your reception in a mud pit.

For an indoor wedding, any rain is more of an annoyance than a real problem.

If there is rain in the forecast for your big day, plenty of golf umbrellas are very handy.

The bride also may want to get dressed at the church if the weather is really nasty and so the way to handle that is to be completely ready, other than the gown.

The bride should have on her special wedding jewelry, her fancy undergarments, and everything but her gown and shoes.

Put double plastic covers over the gown to keep it dry, then slip into it once arriving at the church. If changing into your gown at the ceremony site is impractical, at least wait to put on bridal shoes until arriving on dry land.

So if the weatherman predicts inclement weather for your wedding day, just remember the French saying, “Mariage pluvieux, mariage heureux”, which promises a happy marriage as a result of a wet wedding.

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