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The Origin of the June Bride

 

Everyone knows that June is a popular month for weddings, but when the question of

why comes up, most people are stumped. Is it merely because summer’s just around the

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corner? Or is it actually good luck to get married in June? To find out the answers to

these questions and more, read on to discover how the June bride tradition came to be.

 

To understand why the month of June has become so closely linked with weddings, we

need to go back – way back. It all began during the Roman Empire. June was named for

the goddess Juno, who was the protector of marriage and childbirth. Starting on June 1,

festivities would be held in her honor, which eventually included wedding celebrations.

 

However, having weddings in June also stemmed from more practical concerns. As we

all know, the weather typically tends to get warmer in June. For individuals who lived

hundreds of years ago, June might have been the first time that they had bathed since the

winter. Therefore, planning a wedding during this month would allow for the bride to be

fresh and clean before the event. The tradition of carrying flowers during the wedding

ceremony may have also arisen from personal hygiene matters during that time. In short,

they were used to mask body odor!


 

Until very recently in human history, marriages were simply considered a business

contract between families. Not only were love and a diamond ring absent from the

marriage equation, but also the bride and groom may have met for only the first time

upon their wedding day. Rather, marriages were intended to fortify unions between

relations or towns. They could be used to smooth over past grievances between

individuals, to act as a monetary transaction, or to produce heirs to the throne. Sometimes

marriages were arranged for all of these reasons. As such, the bride was expected to

become pregnant soon after the ceremony. A June wedding would hopefully result in a

baby the following spring. This was considered an auspicious time to have child, as the

danger of winter had passed and the baby’s chances of survival increased. Furthermore,

having a spring baby meant that the bride could still be useful during the harvest season

that fall. Considering how important it was to store enough grain and other foodstuffs

for the long and lean winters, all hands were necessary to avoid starvation in the coming

months. As you can see, the June bride tradition was based upon significant life and death

considerations.

 

Though needless to say, much has changed since then. Between that unforgettable

moment of going down on one knee and offering the promise of eternal love with a

diamond ring to hearing, “You may now kiss the bride,” weddings are a thing of much

joy and festivity. Now seen as an act of commitment and love between two individuals

that want to spend the rest of their lives together, marriage may still be considered a very

serious matter, but for very different reasons. June bride or otherwise, get married has

thankfully become an event that can be celebrated during all seasons.

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