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Quick! Name your number one wedding fear. If you said rain on your wedding day, you're likely in good company. Many couples — especially those who plan outdoor affairs — worry nothing more than a mere drizzle could ruin the whole day.
But, says Aviva Samuels, owner of Kiss the Planner in Palm Beach, Florida, "five, 10 and 25 years from now, the very last thing on your mind will be the weather on your wedding day. You are marrying the love of your life, and that is for a lifetime. In the grand scheme of things, rain is probably the least tragic thing that you will encounter."
If you need some extra encouragement, however, to fully embrace the idea of rain on your wedding day, we get it. That's why we've gathered seven reasons you'll actually want it. And yes, we're serious.
1. You'll love your photos.
When you think of taking snapshots in the rain, put aside your visions of frizzing hair and stepping your peep-toes into puddles, and instead focus on the photo-op at hand. "Photos with umbrellas can be so cute that you might even wish for rain," says Samuels. "Multi-colored or completely clear, there's an artistic opportunity to take advantage of with rain." In fact, if you fear rain is in your forecast, "consider silk-screening the bridal party's names on the umbrellas so that the photo is even more cute," Samuels suggests.
2. Rain gives you an excuse to cuddle.
As Nicole Harris, co-founder of One Last Frog in Southern California, reminds us, "rain is romantic." Think of it this way: A light drizzle or a huge downpour will encourage you to cuddle close to your new spouse under the same umbrella — or find fun ways to warm one another up or dry one another off! Plus, Harris says, "the patter of the rain on umbrellas and the windows is the sweetest sound you'll hear, and is a sound that is associated with romance."
3. Your flowers could last longer.
You can't wait to see your centerpieces, only to find that when you've arrived to your tented reception, they've succumbed to the heat and wilted. But that won't happen on a rainy day, says Rhae Adams, owner and lead designer of Found in Nature in Kansas City. "Flowers are less likely to wilt in rainy conditions," she says. "Overcast skies, cooler temperatures and humidity all generally make flowers happier than sun, heat and dry air."
4. It'll make for a great story.
Wedding day disasters may not seem funny in the moment, but one day you'll love telling your children — or, heck, anyone who will listen — the epic story of how you battled a big storm on your wedding day to your grandchildren, Samuels says. "Everyone loves a good story, and if hurricane winds ripped your wedding arch down or a torrential downpour caused your updo to go south or makeup to melt, you can be the hero of the story that persevered and loved every moment of it, the good, the bad and the ugly."
5. You could see a rainbow.
What comes at the end of an awful storm? "If it rains and the rain stops, the perfect rainbow backdrop can be created," says Harris. And, she adds, "it's free of charge, thanks to mother nature." Who doesn't love free decor?
6. It could be good luck.
Maybe in your mind, rain on your wedding day is the worst thing that can happen. A sign, if you will, that you have really bad luck. But, says Samuels, "in some cultures, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck, symbolizing fertility and cleansing. So whether you are superstitious or just prefer to look on the bright side, think of it this way: Who couldn't use a little good luck on their big day?"
7. You can say bye-bye to that stuffy nose.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, the last thing you may want on your wedding day is hot, sunny skies — the perfect conditions to kick your allergies into high gear and turn your nose and eyes red, says Adams. "Rain reduces airborne pollen," she explains, "so if it's allergy season, you and your wedding party will feel better."