There are many sayings and superstitions around selecting a wedding date, all of which indicate that June is one of the luckiest months to get married. We particularly like this one:
“Married in month of roses June,
Life will be one long honeymoon.”
In much of the Northern Hemisphere June is the busiest month for weddings, with brides making the most of the warmer, longer days. In the UK, July, August and September are more popular, probably due to school holidays. But June is a beautiful month for weddings and, with an increase in the number of Pagan Weddings and their links to the summer solstice, June could soon become the new August!
June was probably the most popular times for pre-Christian weddings. The month itself is named after the Roman Goddess Juno who was a guardian of married women. The Druids associated midsummer with the marriage of heaven and earth and the joining of masculine and feminine deities. Sun is associated with love, sexuality and fertility and that may well indicate the practical reasons for marrying in June. A June marriage would increase the chances of babies being born in spring, which would make them much more likely to survive infancy.
A number of our current wedding traditions may well have their roots in the pre-Christian beliefs around midsummer. Magic, good and evil, was thought to be at its strongest at the summer solstice and the veil would hide the bride from evil spirits. The bouquet may come from the idea that garlands of herbs could ward off evil spirits and confetti throwing from the throwing of handfuls of grain to ensure fertility. The term honeymoon could be from the drinking of mead at the weddings.
Whatever the reasons for a June wedding it is clear that having a wedding in the mid summer provides some beautiful inspiration for wedding styles. Whether pagan influenced or A Midsummer Night’s Dream themed, June weddings should celebrate the abundance of flowers and food.
Roses are often central to a June wedding as they can be beautifully informal – a wild rose – or sleek and sophisticated. The feel of the wedding may well be rustic, although we’re not suggesting you go as far as John and Helen Donson who were the first couple in the UK to have a naked pagan wedding last month. I wonder what the guest dress code was for that wedding?
If something unusual will be happening tell the guests, then they are not in for a shock if you go for a pagan hand fasting or you are getting married outside. Whatever the style and dress code of your wedding, the invitation gives you the opportunity to set the feel for the wedding and to send out any relevant information for the arrangements of the day.