Debunking Bridal Superstitions

Rain on Your Wedding Day Is Good LuckIt’s raining on your wedding day, neigh  torrentially down pouring with lightening and thunder with potential hail. The swans you ordered are taking refuge in the bathroom, those fireworks specially-ordered from China will have to be 4th of July pyrotechnics, forget about taking that everybody jump photograph at sunset outside and worst of all you’re wearing white. It is true rain can be a downer when what was suppose to be an outdoor wedding is now indoor in a less then ultimate space. The guests sopping wet from their run from the car to the venue, give you a weak smile despite nature’s wrath and offer you their condolences, “At least rain is good luck on your wedding day.”

Sorry folks, rain is not good luck on your wedding day, its just rain. Falling H20. There’s no magic, just nature alleviating the world’s thirst.  There’s no wedding spirit that will take pity on you because it rains on your wedding day and ruined your garden photos and therefore bless you with a lifetime of marital bliss.

There is only one sign on a rainy day that might imply the future success of a couple and that is their ability to laugh together over the rain, roll with its blustery punches, and embrace the drenched messiness. I’m willing to bet the couple that complains, fusses and pouts are less likely to make it. In the wide spectrum of disasters a marriage could potentially face, wedding rain is the smallest infraction. Those who can make lemonade from it show great coping and problem solving skills. These are the people, with the help of their photographer, who will grab the closest umbrellas, step out into the rain and take some unforgettable photos and memories. The couples that don’t melt under a little rain or pressure are the lucky ones.

Weddings are certainly not without their share of superstitions. Most superstitions have met a timely demise such as it being bad luck to marry on a Saturday, in the month of May, or not reading pig entrails to find out when the most opportune time to marry was (Roman). Many have lived on though.

These bridal superstitions exist because of insecurities in potential uncontrollable outcomes. How much weight we put into them only takes away from the power we should be giving ourselves. Any extra positive karma the bride tries to collect through superstitious practices will not save her or anyone from Murphy’s Law of “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Couples need to feel more confidence in handling what life throws at them, rather than resort to superstition to control the unexpected. Besides the groom doesn’t have any superstition he’s supposed to follow, he’s just got himself to rely on and so should a bride. As a bonus, when you’re both married you can rely on each other (in addition to yourself). Bottom line is though, feminist brides don’t need superstition to ward off bad juju or collect extra luck; you’ve thought long and hard and just know in the pit of your stomach you’re making the right choice to marry and who you marry.

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