June Bride

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ever wonder why June is such a preferred month to get married in? I always thought it was because the kids were out of school and the weather was mildly warm rather than scorching hot. I have friends who had to book their venue over a year and a half in advance just to secure a June wedding date. Scenes with Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson fighting over their date in "27 Dresses" comes to mind. Although not every bride cares to have a June wedding, incase you might be interested in some history behind the significance of this popular month, here's a portion of info from my findings-

Naming the Day
The wedding itself and the events leading up to the ceremony are steeped in ancient traditions still evident in Victorian customs. One of the first to influence a young girl is choosing the month and day of her wedding. June has always been the most popular month, for it is named after Juno, Roman goddess of marriage. She would bring prosperity and happiness to all who wed in her month. Practicality played a part in this logic also. If married in June, the bride was likely to birth her first child in Spring, allowing her enough time to recover before the fall harvest.

June also signified the end of Lent and the arrival of warmer weather. That meant it was time to remove winter clothing and partake in one's annual bath. April, November and December were favored also, so as not to conflict with peak farm work months. October was an auspicious month, signifying a bountiful harvest. May, however, was considered unlucky. "Marry in May and rue the day," an old proverb goes. But "Marry in September's shine, your living will be rich and fine."

In the Southern United States, April was favored, as it was less hot, and a bride's favorite flowers were in bloom--jasmine and camellia.

Brides were just as superstitious about days of the week. A popular rhyme goes:
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.

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