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.
According to Aviva Samuels, owner of Kiss the Planner in Palm Beach, Florida, "Five 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."
In fact, rain on your wedding day can actually be a good thing! Here, 11 reasons you'd actually want it to rain on the big day. And yes, we're serious.
1. Rain makes for one-of-a-kind wedding photos
If you've ever seen wedding photos captured in the rain then you know exactly what we're talking about. "The mist and the soft light look so romantic and can't be easily recreated on a sunny day," points out Stephanie Aspinwall, owner and event designer at Pretty Entertaining in Washington, D.C. Not to mention all the great props you can use, like clear umbrellas and colorful rain boots. Many photographers will even tell you that they actually prefer shooting on a cloudy or rainy day.
"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, Samuels suggests silk-screening the bridal party's names on the umbrellas to level up the photo.
2. It 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. Wedding flowers 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 makes 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. It makes for wedding day rainbows
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."
6. It means good luck!
What does it mean when it rains on your wedding day? You might have thought it was a sign of bad luck, but it's actually quite the opposite! "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?" says Samuels.
7. It forces wedding vendors to be at the top of their game
One of the best things about rain, according to Callie Bracket and Christyn Wilkins, sisters and founders of a wedding planning company We Tie The Knots, is that your vendors will be extra careful and pay more attention to detail in order to keep you, the bride, happy.
8. It gives your guests something to talk about
There's nothing like a little rain to bring a group of people together. "There's just something about the environment that inspires a feeling of camaraderie in guests, leading to more attentiveness, participation, and fun for everyone," explains Aspinwall.
9. It creates a romantic wedding atmosphere
There's a reason some of the hottest kissing scenes in movie history take place in the rain; it's so romantic! Plus, you really can't beat the sound of rain beating down on the roof or tent of your venue. It creates such a dreamy sound backdrop during a wedding, say Bracket and Wilkins.
10. You don't have to worry about overheated wedding guests
If it's raining, one thing you don't have to worry about is overheated guests. "Rain cools down the venue," note Bracket and Wilkins. And if you're already planning on a tented wedding, that could be a great thing.
11. It reduces airborne pollen and eliminates allergies
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."