The Story Behind June Weddings
by Donna Schlachter writing as Leeann Betts
In America, June is a popular time for weddings. Flowering trees are often in bud, and those early summer blooms such as lilacs and apple blossoms are prevalent. But have you ever wondered why June was selected as the most popular month to get hitched?
According to many sources, this tradition dates back to the Romans and their goddess of fertility, Juno, who is likely closely related to the Greek goddess Hera.
Another story credits the practice with the warming temperatures, which encouraged bathing. So having your annual bath and getting married seemed like a good idea.
Then again, the Christian tradition of Lent might have had some effect on the choice of dates. Couples longing to wed had to wait until after the Lenten season was passed, usually by mid-April, and then banns could be posted, which often carried the couples to the end of May before they could legally wed.
Flowers are another interesting part of the wedding tradition. Before the 18th century, bathing was not so popular, so often flowers were included in the ceremony to cover the scent of unwashed bodies. And waiting until June meant the choices for blooms were greater.
No matter the reason for the date, weddings are an important milestone in every couple’s life.
Leeann Betts writes contemporary romantic suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical romantic suspense. Together she and Donna have published more than 30 novellas and full-length novels. Visit her website www.LeeannBetts.com and blog www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com to stay connected.