Rain on your wedding day can be considered lucky for several reasons: rain symbolizes blessings, cleansing, unity and a new day. In some cultures, rain is also a symbol of fertility. So, brides, don’t be gloomy on a rainy wedding day because it is considered good luck!
First of all, rain signifies blessings and everyone wants their marriage to be blessed. Blessings speak of hope and approval. There is every reason to be optimistic when you consider all the possibilities that are ahead. Blessings also connote prosperity, both in a material and physical sense. It is therefore considered good luck if it rains on that special day, due to the hopeful expectations of a happy life.
Rain also cleanses, ever notice how fresh and clean everywhere looks after a shower of rain. Cleansing signifies the washing away of dirt, as well as the purging of things that might have sullied or tainted in the past. 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. Therefore if it rains when you are “tying the knot” it suggests unity, and the creation of a stronger bond that will not easily be broken.
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. As we have seen, it signifies blessings and success.
We think this is best summed up by the Italian wedding saying “Sposa Bagnata, Sposa Fortunata” which, when translated literally, means “Wet Bride, Lucky Bride.”