Married in the Rain
Outdoor weddings have become more and more popular in recent years, especially as fewer people view marriage through a religious lens. Since a religious building such as a church is no longer seen as the required venue for a marriage, and photography has both improved and become more central to people’s lives, many couples want to say their vows in front of incredible mountain views, picturesque beaches or meticulously maintained grounds. Although they are undoubtedly beautiful and allow couples to have more decorating leeway, outdoor marriages have one distinct disadvantage when compared to church weddings. Outdoor ceremonies are at the mercy of the weather. This is why there are more weddings in June than January, and the reason most outdoor venues also have a veranda or covered patio where guests can take shelter in the event that it rains.
Rain on a wedding day seems like it would be a terrible thing. In many ways, it is literally raining on your parade. Superstition, however, has it that a rainy wedding day is a wonderful omen. The rain is seen as purifying the couple of any past issues, and water is often associated with fertility. Whether the rain itself is enough or if the couple has to get soaking wet is not specified, though the guests are likely hoping for the former to be true.