As June gets under way, chances are you’ll be receiving a few wedding invitations in the mail (or already have) or might even be participating in a ceremony or two.
June is definitely the nadir of weddings.
Why is that?
A few urban legends include the idea that it was one of the times people bathed so, hey, a good time to get married! Another is a little bit opposite–couples marry in June so the profuse June flowers used in bouquets help hide the smell of their unwashed bodies. Whoa.
Can I digress and give a shout out to indoor plumbing?
But cleanliness (or the lack thereof) is just a few of the facts and fancies of wedding lore. Here are a few more from The Knot:
* Hey, brides, tuck a sugar cube into your glove — according to Greek culture, the sugar will sweeten your union.
* The bride stands to the groom’s left during a Christian ceremony, because in bygone days the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors.
* The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck. Yikes!
* Seventeen tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the United States!
* Snake rings dotted with ruby eyes were popular wedding bands in Victorian England — the coils winding into a circle symbolized eternity.
* Queen Victoria started the Western world’s white wedding dress trend in 1840 — before then, brides simply wore their best dress.
* The custom of tiered cakes emerged from a game where the bride and groom attempted to kiss over an ever-higher cake without knocking it over.
* And possibly the REAL reason June is a popular matrimonial month: The Roman goddess Juno rules over marriage, the hearth, and childbirth, hence the popularity of June weddings.
Regardless of all the traditions and oddities of weddings, they are still fun to attend (I always cry) and watch in movies, and read about–because no matter our experiences in life, we all want to believe in the happily ever after.
So save the date, get your hands on something borrowed and something blue, and go head over heels for WEDDINGS ON MAIN STREET.