Rainy Day Weddings

They say it brings luck when it rains on your wedding day. But who said this and why? It sounds like rationalization to me – making lemonade out of lemons, but, then again, there’s nothing wrong with lemonade, in fact, I love it.

Rain photos can be amazing! (Stroudsmoor Photography Studio)

Digging a little deeper there is a connection to rain and good luck. It’s fertility – which is often the connection with ancient wedding symbols; after all rain does lead to growth of crops. Other symbols connected to fertility are rice being showered on the couple, certain flowers included in a bouquet, especially orange blossoms and marigolds, and going back in time the bouquet itself. Specific herbs were held by the bride to enhance sexuality and fertility.

Then there is the symbolism of rain washing away sorry and cleansing the earth (and perhaps our souls).

A little more obvious is the connection of rain and tears and of course tears of joy are shed on a wedding day.

Another great rain shot (Lisa Rhinehart Photography)

I’ve officiated many weddings on rainy days, and the truth is, all my couples still got married. In fact, they made the most of it, embraced it and were determined not to let a little rain get in the way of their happiness. That’s the way to do it!

As I’ve written many times before: you must have a good back-up plan for outdoor weddings! Assuming you do, also bring some big, beautiful umbrellas along, and even rubber rain boots so you can go outside into the rain for some awesome photographs.

Rent a tent! You must arrange that in advance, and yes, you may be paying for something you don’t use, but it’s worth it for your peace of mind.

Remember when you are trying to decide whether you are going to move indoors or try to remain outdoors, when the forecast is unclear, or it is only slightly drizzling – its not just about you! Older guests may have an especially difficult time, and many will be unprepared to deal with the elements. You want everyone to have a great time and enjoy themselves, not wind up uncomfortable in wet clothes throughout the remainder of the party.

If you are outside and it starts drizzling, have a plan for that, too. Will your officiant skip directly to the ‘I dos?’ I do, but only sometimes. I let the bride make that call. But those buckets of umbrellas can get you through to the end. Occasionally it poured in the middle of a ceremony I was officiating – and when that happened I had the couple and the bridal party leave first – in the way they would for the recessional, followed by guests. We gathered indoors, and we continued with the ceremony. It was actually pretty sweet.

Add some rain songs to your play list. How about Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, Singin’ in the Rain, or the Eric Clapton song: Let It Rain. There are many, many titles out there.

But above all – keep your sense of perspective and remember this is the day you are marrying the person you love – come rain or come shine!


A creative rain photo for sure! (Lisa Rhinehart Photography)



Thank you Stroudsmoor Photography Studio   and Lisa Rhinehart  for the use of the wonderful  photos!

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