I was watching the 2009 movie, Bride Wars last night. Liv and Emma were obsessed with the idea of a June wedding at the Plaza in NYC. It got me thinking about the significance of the infamous June wedding tradition.
Thousands of years ago, the Romans celebrated a festival in honor of the deity Juno, wife of Jupiter and goddess of marriage and childbirth, on June first. June also followed May, the month of the “unhappy dead” for the Romans, a bad luck month for centuries.
During the 1400’s and 1500’s, June was the month that the community would come together for a communal bathing after being locked in for the winter. It was the beginning of new things; it was spring and they were cleansing themselves ceremonially. The Celtic calendar shows the the first moon after the summer solstice as June 21, which was called the “honey moon.”
Now let’s remember that for many centuries, marriage was not a romantic event, it was a contractual one that very quickly started the process of building a large family. June was ideal for many, because it meant baring children in the following spring and thus increasing their chances of survival after the long and often very lean winter months. Also, spring births would not interfere with the fall harvest, which was the busiest time of the year for most people.
We still see references to this old tradition in the last 100 years, like Bride Wars, the 1948 movie “June Bride,” starring Bette Davis and Montgomery Clift. Even the 1954 musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” continued to reinforce this tradition, with the song “June bride.”
The traditional June wedding is no longer as big a deal as it once was. I have couples who get married just about any day of the year. As far as picking your wedding date, just remember a few tips.
1. Pick a date you can remember (grooms, you can thank me later)
2. Pick something that works for the type of wedding you want (no outdoor weddings in December,etc)
3. Think about your guests and their schedules (Christmas, Easter and the 4th of July may not work for everyone)
5. Think about symbolism (like the day you first met or your first kiss)
I’m even currently working on a New Year’s Eve wedding, which could of actually been a tough day for some. However, they opted to wine and dine their guests throughout the night and encourage their guests to stay the night at the same beautiful hotel where the festivities are taking place. So whatever your date is, think it through so you and your guests will get to experience the best you have to offer.
Good luck and happy wedding date choosing.
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