June is just around the corner, and most say it's the traditional month for wedding celebrations. The wedding ceremony itself is replete with traditions that have stood the test of time. And although most of the wedding traditions we honor today were actually borrowed from other cultures, we've embraced them as our own.
Everything from wedding veils to best men, to flowers, to ring-bearers, to the giving of wedding gifts, is rooted in the practices of ages. This abiding desire for two people to make their internal feelings for each other the cause for external celebration with close family and friends is as enduring as the love that establishes it. And their wedding is a culmination of their love story, wrapped in traditions. So, let's look at why June weddings became part of these traditions.
Believe it or not, there was a period in history when people didn't bathe much - maybe once monthly or a few times per year during the Middle Ages. They based this apparent lack of hygiene upon the faulty premise that bathing would increase one's chance for disease. Since most flowers were already in bloom by June, the Bride could carry a bouquet of fragrant blossoms to help ward off the increasing body odor.
When we were an agricultural society, a wedding in June meant the anticipated birth of a child early the following spring. This gave the woman time to recuperate before the fall harvest. How thoughtful, eh? And more importantly, warmer weather gave the new infant an increased chance for survival.
The Roman goddess, Juno, was the Queen of all gods. Married to Jupiter, she was also the goddess of marriage, childbirth, fertility, and the protector of women. So, it made sense to honor her and thereby seek her blessing by getting married in the month that bared her name. Also, the month of June followed the month of May, which was when the Feast of the Dead and the Festival of the Goddess of Chastity both occurred: not a good time to get married.
The word honeymoon is rooted in the idea that the first full moon in June after the summer solstice brings bliss. In June, couples would be married to take advantage of this favorable heavenly alignment toward the end of the month.
The month of June has become popular in modern times for its own reasons. For one, June usually brings excellent weather for outdoor celebrations. In addition, most children are out of school by this time, and their parents can therefore travel long distances to attend functions without having children miss any school.
But, here at Arriving in Style Gifts, every month is a month for weddings. And not just weddings but everything romantic like engagements, getaways, and anniversaries. Our Better Together curated gift box, with its elegant Mr. & Mrs. gilded mugs and other specialty items, epitomizes the joining of two souls.
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