We recently highlighted our September Wedding of the Month, pretty pink tulle and silk flower girl dresses, that was held in Fiji. The bride got me thinking about something….. when the wedding started it had just begun to rain. Just outside, waiting in the rain was the bride and her little toddler surrounded or rather covered, by a veil of umbrellas. This was supposed to be good luck. So I wondered: Where did that traditional saying, that rain on your wedding day, was good luck?
The bride and groom, who were married in Fiji, were told “Fijians say it was a blessing from God”. According to some legends, which comes from the Hindu religion, rain on your wedding day signifies fertility as rain waters the ground allowing things to grow. But, its a wonder that many weddings do occur outside when the weather can be so unpredictable. About 15 years ago, we moved to Florida at the same time, a cousin was married here. When we moved, we were told that the chances of a hurricane going through Central Florida were like a MILLION TO ONE. I should have placed a 3 Million dollar bet because there were 3 of them in just 10 weeks. My cousin watched her wedding gown go out the roof of their home that summer too – in one of the tornadoes we had just north of town. She got a lot of rain for her wedding (and a new gown the following day)…. she says she has been lucky in love and not to mention kids. Her wedding, like so many in Central Florida, was planned for the outdoors during hurricane season no less, so they had a backup venue and ceremony in a hotel. So outside weddings though thought to be cheaper, can be twice as much since you have to plan for the chance of bad weather.
Years ago, 35 in fact, my brother got married in a horrible sleet and ice storm in Staten Island. I think he passed his luck onto his daughter who married a few weeks ago in my brother’s backyard with the week prior’s realization that they were dead center for the most recent hurricane to hit the East coast. We flew in early because we were worried about the storm and it gave us the chance to see our son at UPenn an extra day. In reality, Jessica and Alan were really lucky – there was so much rain on Thursday just prior, that the largest hit of the rains came just after they set up larger tents. They had three – one ceremony, one service and this GI-normous tent for the reception. (I am pretty sure my brother hired some guys from the circus because it was so large). It definitely was a smart move because it help ensure that the ground was pretty dry considering. Luckier still, as many know, the storm suddenly veered off to the east and once again, the North East missed a major storm. I was amazed at the week before the wedding how calm Jessica was – actually making for some fun in the thought of this massive storm about to hit. They never planned for a change and I have to admit, with each howl of the wind and huge movement of the tent, it still stayed pretty dry. My brother had no backup plan so it was amazing how well everyone’s prayers worked for them although there was lots of wind and some rain, it wasn’t the torrent we had on Thursday and Friday.
My brother is this awesome builder and with the help of his best man from his wedding and another daughter’s significant other, took two years putting on an addition and remodeled his house for the event. They also built a massive arbor to set the backdrop for the ceremony as they were married at the only home she knew. I had an awful seat with a pole but surprisingly, there was no need to tent the arbor…. the sky, rain and Hurricane Joaquin, although ominous, cooperated. I don’t think it will matter for Jess… she will be blessed with her own luck. And Tom, as sad as you were to lose all those pine trees during Hurricane Sandy, it really made for a terrific vista for their wedding!!