Rain on the Royal Wedding: Good or Bad Luck?

April 26, 2011 By:
Rain on the Royal Wedding: Good or Bad Luck?

One thing the Queen doesn’t have control over is weather. Well, that, and Prince Harry’s alcohol tolerance. Although I’m sure they’ve been having him down a bottle of Pimm’s each day so he can hold his liquor during his speech.

The forecast for April 29th calls for heavy rain, but it’s going to take more than a thunderstorm to dampen the spirits of all of us waiting to see Kate Middleton walk down the aisle.

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A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said, “The rain will only add to the Britishness of the occasion. I’m sure it won’t put people off coming to line the route.”

Of course it won’t. But there’s the glaring superstition that rain on a wedding is bad luck. According to English superstition, rain on the way to the wedding forecasts an unhappy marriage. But these are the same people that think finding a spider in your wedding gown is good luck. I think it means you shouldn’t have gotten your dress at the Salvation Army.

But according to Hindu tradition, rain is a lucky sign, and the idea behind it is that a wet knot is harder to untie. And the Ukrainians agree, believing that if it rains on your wedding day, wealth is on the way. If that’s the case, I’m planning my wedding in Seattle.

Another superstition working against Prince William and Kate is that they’ve chosen the unluckiest day to marry, according to an old English rhyme:

Monday for wealth

Tuesday for health

Wednesday the best day of all

Thursday for crosses

Friday for losses

Saturday for no luck at all

But hey, at least they got the month right: “Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man.”

And if Prince William and Kate really want to seal in the good luck (with the Royals’ history, it can’t hurt), there are a couple more things they can do.

According to English tradition, Kate Middleton shouldn’t write her married name before the actual wedding if she wants to avoid bad luck.

With her married name being: Royal Highness Catherine of Wales, she shouldn’t write it if she wants to avoid carpel tunnel, either. Another custom involves placing a silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe to ensure wealth in marriage. They can probably skip that one.

So far, it looks like the rain is going to be unavoidable on the day of the Royal Wedding. Some might see the rain as good luck, others might see it as bad, but when you’re living in London, I’m guessing it’s just another day.