I was married in June. At one time I thought I’d never marry in that month because June Bride is such a cliché. Yet, on June 12, 1976, I was a bride. The reason I chose June is because the weather is usually nicer then, not cold, not too hot or humid yet. I had my reception out of doors and sweated that it might rain, as it does frequently around these parts. But we had a beautiful day. Mother Nature fooled us, though, by making it very hot.
Here's my husband and me on our wedding day.
I got to wondering why June is such a popular month for weddings. So I did a little research. I’m not sure anyone knows the correct answer, but here are some things I found interesting.
Some say it’s the harvest. Back in the agricultural days when every hand was needed for the harvest, the feeling was that a young bride who got married in June and had a summer pregnancy wouldn’t be too far along with the pregnancy that she couldn’t help out at harvest time. Make sense? Could be.
I’m not really sure about this one, but it also makes sense. You’ve all heard that a long time ago people took an “annual bath.” It seems the “annual” bath was taken in May or June, so people got married in June when they were less stinky. Definitely the ick factor at work here.
This last one sounds like it could be the most likely. Juno was the ancient Roman goddess of marriage. Many Romans honored her by marrying in the month named after her, June. They figured it was a favorable time to marry. Totally makes sense.
What is the next most popular month for weddings? August, followed by September.
There you have it, some theories as to why June is the most popular wedding month. Do you know of any others?
Most everyone loves weddings and brides. And marriage-of-convenience stories have always been popular. I know I love them. I have several books and short stories featuring weddings. A few of my short stories begin with a wedding scene, and many of my shorts and novels end with a wedding. My novelette, Her Forever Husband, is about a modern-day marriage-of-convenience. This story is available separately and is also included in the multi-author anthology, The Marriage Coin. The heroine in my novella, Loving Or Nothing, owns a bridal salon at the
. A Groom for Christmas is about a fake
fiancé who becomes so much more. Loving
Or Nothing and A Groom for Christmas
are each available separately or in a boxed set along with my short story, A Cinderella Christmas. The set is
called Wedding Dreams. What could be
more appropriate for June? Jersey