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Tuesday, June 24, 2014


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 Jersey Shore. 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?


Sandy said...

Lovely book covers and your wedding photo is beautiful, Cara.

Tina Donahue said...

Wow - your hubby's so tall and handsome - you lucky dog. :)

Harlie Williams said...

Great covers and your husband is a riot!


Harlie Williams said...

Great covers and your husband is a riot!


Paris said...

Loved the post, Cara, especially the fact that they married after the annual bath. Sounds like a good plan to me:) Thanks for sharing your lovely wedding photo! You guys are so cute!

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks, Sandy, Tina and Harlie. My husband is a foot taller than me. The heroes in all my stories are always about a foot taller than the heroine.

Marika/Harlie met me and my husband at EPICon a few years ago. We had some fun conversations. It was great meeting you, Marika.

Melissa Keir said...

Wonderful information about weddings. I was married in August and we had no airconditioning in the church. Steam bath would have been the way it was described. The cat had chewed on the artificial flowers the night before so each of my sisters (bridesmaids) hid the horrible flower damage with their hands (yep, they had to hold the flowers a certain way) and wore purple taffeta gowns... Poor girls.

vicki batman said...

Hi, Cara! I wore a hat too!!! And interesting tidbits about June weddings. Mine was September. Handsome asked on April Fool's Day and we had to move fast to get married by September. Hugs!

Rose Anderson said...

Lovely picture, Cara. You make a cute couple. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Great picture. Something to treasure!

Cara Marsi said...

LOL, Paris. We decided to take advantage of the annual bath.

Melissa, you need to write your wedding experience into one of your books.

Thanks, Vicki, Rose and Jean.

Vicki, hats were big when I got married, and I suspect you were married around the time I was.

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