According to old folklore, you should "choose not alone a proper mate, but a proper time to marry." While there are many practical and sentimental reasons for choosing a particular date, did you know that their are folklore, myths, and traditions you can follow as well?
January - "Marry when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind, and true."
February - "When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate."
March - "If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know."
April - "Marry in April, if you can, joy for maiden and for man."
May - "Marry in the month of May, you will surely rue the day."
June - "Marry when June roses grow and over land and sea you'll go."
July - "Those who in July do wed must labor for their daily bread."
August - "Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see."
September - "Marry in September's shine so that your life is rich and fine."
October - "If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry."
November - "If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember!"
December - "When December's snows fall fast, marry, and your love will last."
In actuality, these rhymes had a foundation that went beyond myth and folklore. For example, Ancient Greeks believed January was one of the best times to wed because this month was dedicated to Hera, defender of women and wife of Zeus. They believed that anyone married in January received an extra blessing under Hera's power. They also favored April, the month of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
September was recommended for fertility because of the benefits of the harvest moon.
May was considered a bad time to marry because of the custom of observing the Feast of the Dead, when everyone worked hard to appease the souls of the departed, during this month. Queen Victoria took this so seriously that she did not allow any royal weddings during the month of May.
Victorians also believed that the luckiest time to marry was to be married on the same day of the week that the groom was born, regardless of the month. It was considered even better if you married on his actual birthday.
Looking for more practical reasons for choosing your wedding date? Consider the following:
May, June, July, August, September, and October are the most popular times to marry. Accordingly, the most popular wedding venues will be at a premium during these months. They will often be booked well in advance during this time.
The most budget friendly months to wed are January, February, and March.
Are you planning an outdoor ceremony and/or reception? If so, this will limit you to the warmer months.
Thinking about a wedding during a holiday weekend? Consider how this will impact your guests. Many families have yearly traditions and vacations planned for the fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas that they will likely not wish to forgo.
Of course there are many more things you may be considering when choosing your wedding date, but hopefully these will help guide (or at least entertain) you.
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