Posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 10:46 am by Andrew
Ahhh June…the “Wedding Month.” And while love is in the air, it is joined by mosquitos & June bugs, the sweet essence of burning citronella, bonfires, sunscreen, and the smell of groomsmen sweat; so why has June been deemed the month for weddings?
It leads waaaay back to Victorian customs. June; being named after Juno the Roman goddess of Marriage, was the first influence of a young woman in choosing the month of her wedding. Juno was thought to bring bring prosperity & happiness to all who wed in her month. Practicality played a part in this logic too, of course. If married in June, the bride would most likely have a child in the spring, allowing her time enough to be ready to help with the fall harvest.
June also signifies the end of Lent & arrival of warmer weather. In medieval times, a person’s annual (yes – I said annual) bath usually occurred in May or June, meaning that a June bride was still smelling relatively “fresh.” Other months have been favored for weddings as well so as not to conflict with peak farm work months; such as April, November & December. May, however, was considered unlucky in that an old proverb states, “Marry in May & rue the day.” YIPES!
If brides are really superstitious, there is a popular rhyme about the days of the week in which they wed:
Marry on Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday the best day of all,
Thursday for crosses,
Friday for losses, and
Saturday for no luck at all.
The Sabbath day was out of the question.
In today’s world couples probably don’t rely on superstitions or annual baths as the reason to wed in June. The fact is that June is a great month for weather, there is an endless availability of fresh flowers (June IS National Rose Month), and the possibility of having an outdoor venue is far greater than if you plan your special day in October or April. It is also easier for out of town guests to attend weddings in June due to schools and colleges being on summer breaks, making it feasible for families to turn your wedding into a mini-vacation or a fun stop-along-the way. Not to mention, what a great month to take YOUR honeymoon!!
No matter what month or day you choose to start a life of wedded bliss, here are some words of wisdom:
Be prepared to give more than you think you are receiving, and you will receive more than you know.
Remember the 4 C’s: Communication, Compromise, Cooperation, and Compassion.
Listen, Listen, Listen.