Why are there so many weddings in June?
June is the most popular month for weddings, as anyone in the wedding planning business will tell you or anyone who has to attend a wedding this month will tell you.
In modern times, perhaps June is so popular because the roses are in bloom, the weather is warmer but not too hot, and school is out. Whatever the reason, today’s June weddings are romantic, sometimes elaborate festivals of flowers, food, and, of course, jewels.
June is the month of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Sometimes called Midsummer, the solstice is surrounded by mythology and legend. In Celtic society, young couples paired off for courtship on May 1, and would plan to marry on August 1. Something about Midsummer caused many couples to become impatient, however, so many nuptials happened in June. In Roman mythology, the goddess Juno is the protector of women, especially in marriage and childbearing, so marrying in Juno’s month was thought to bring extra blessings on the union. Even the word “honeymoon” comes from the June lunar calendar: the first full moon after the summer solstice is called the Honey Moon.
There were also practical reasons for June weddings, which were more business transactions than romantic events until a few centuries ago. In some northern (cold) societies, baths were taken once a year when the weather warmed, usually May or June, so it was a good time for festivities. Also, resulting offspring were born in the spring, after the lean winter, meaning a higher survival rate, and didn’t interfere with the busy harvest season.
The goddess Juno would surely smile on Sylvie’s Lune de Miel (honey moon) collection any time of year, but especially during her month.