A June Bride
“Oh, they say when you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life; and the bridegroom who marries in June gets a sweetheart for a wife.” This line from the 1954 musical, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” reinforces the tradition of being a “June Bride.” June nuptials are practical in that the season of summer is ideal for beautiful outdoor ceremonies and the newly popular exotic destination weddings. Flowers are abundant and therefore on sale, and who doesn’t love a good sale?! Families are free from school schedules which allow for ease of travel plans and holiday time planning.
The Goddess Juno
The Romantic mind revels in the ancient history of June weddings. The festival of the deity Juno was celebrated in ancient Roman times on June 1st. Juno is said to be not only the goddess of marriage and childbirth but the protector of women in all aspects of life. It was a widely held belief that the June bride would be blessed with prosperity and happiness.
The wedding ritual is rich in folklore. Superstitions, myths and legends abound. Many are cultural in nature and typically passed from person to person by word of mouth for generations. There is a well-known Olde English Rhyme that states, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a silver sixpence in your shoe.” These stood for the five items a bride should carry on her wedding day. The something old is for continuity, new is for optimism, borrowed is for something borrowed from a happily married person so their good fortune will rub off and blue is for purity, love and fidelity. The silver sixpence was for good fortune. If you recall some of your own write them down. Often we fail to archive the details which stich together the tapestry of our life, it’s never too late to tell your story!
Married when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind and true. When February birds do mate, you wed not dread your fate. If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know. Marry in April when you can, joy for Maiden and for Man. Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day. Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you’ll go. Those who in July do wed, must labor for their daily bread. Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see. Marry in September’s shrine, your living will be rich and fine. If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry. If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember. When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last. –Anonymous
Readers of the Old Farmer’s Almanac when asked their advice for making a marriage work shared
- Be prepared to give more than you think you are receiving, and you will receive more than you know.
- The secret is Communication, Compromise, Cooperation, and Compassion.
- Listen, listen, listen.
Whether married or single or somewhere on the spectrum it’s hard to resist allowing our hearts to flutter at the thought of a
June bride full of love and hope with the taste of promise on her lips.
“I used to think a wedding was a simple affair. Boy and girl meet, they fall in love, he buys a ring, she buys a dress, they say I do. I was wrong. That’s getting married. A wedding is an entirely different proposition.”-Steve Martin as George Banks in Father of the Bride
Peace and Love