As the saying goes, “When you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life”; so why is June so enduringly popular for weddings?
Some of the historical and cultural significance has certainly played its part in setting up an allure around the month of June. The starting point is thought to be that the month of June derived its name from Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. It was thought that couples who married in June would be blessed with prosperity and happiness, in both marriage and childbirth, by Juno herself.
For many, June made sense for a marriage in order to time the subsequent conception so that birth wouldn’t interfere with harvest work. Ever practical and highly un-romantic. It is also said, that in medieval times, when people would tend to only bathe a few times a year or just in late Spring, the optimum time for a ‘fragrant’ union would be June. This is also a reason for bridal bouquets, to give a sweet smell ahead of the bride.
Despite bathing coming into vogue, finally, during the eighteenth century, the tradition of carrying flowers continued thanks to the Victorian era’s interest in Floriography (the use of flowers to communicate specific meaning). Of course, it was important for the flowers chosen to communicate the correct sentiments on a couple’s wedding day. For this reason, June continued to be popular thanks the best selection of fresh flowers being available.
Let’s fast forward to today’s modern couples; why does June appeal? Well, decor elements such as flowers do play a part in decision making. What style a couple wants tends to dictate what season they will be drawn to. June is associated with anything floral, pastel, feminine, elegant, Pimm’s…the list goes on but understanding the flora that is in season gives a glimpse into its appeal. The list is long but some of the stand outs include; Delphinium, Freesia, Hydrangea, Iris, Lavender, Lilies, Peony, Phlox, Stock, Sunflower, Sweet Pea and Zinnia.
June has always offered up a pretty positive weather forecast, not only serving up a high likelihood of sunshine on the big day but also traditionally making it easier for guests to travel to the nuptials be that by horse and cart in times past or by car or plane in more recent times.
June also offers us the longest days of the year. Not getting dark until late into the evening, combined with warm weather, makes June a perfect month to truly make use of the venue and surrounding space. Likely to be warm, dry and not too hot, June gives a great opportunity for outdoor photography and some fantastic group pictures as well as enchanting photography of the Bride and Groom, especially in the evening light.
With June granting these benefits of the other summer months, it trumps them by sitting before the school holidays, so you are unlikely to be competing with family holidays and travel time. That must be a win that just makes organising a wedding a little easier to handle!
There are so many reasons to choose June for your perfect wedding and many of them will be personal to you. Whatever they are, we would love to host yours here at the Barn.
We’ll leave you with the lyrics from “June Bride” from the classic musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers:
“Oh, they say when you marry in June you’re a bride all your life,
and the bridegroom who marries in June gets a sweet-heart for a wife.
Winter weddings can be gay like a Christmas holiday,
but the JUNE BRIDE hears the song of a spring that lasts all summer long.
By the light of the silvery moon, home you ride side by side
with the echo of Mendelssohn’s tune in your hearts as you ride.
For they say when you marry in June you will always be a bride.”
If you want to know more about our venue and how we can make your day special, whatever the season, get in touch with our Wedding and Event Co-ordinator Chloe: firstname.lastname@example.org