If you are superstitious then keep reading as choosing the wedding date could be fraught with worry!
Ancient Romans studied pig entrails to determine the luckiest time to marry.
Sunday used to be the most popular wedding day, as it was the one day most people were free from work. Puritans in the Seventeenth Century put a stop to this, however, believing it was improper to be festive on the Sabbath. Today, Saturdays are the busiest, despite the rhyme below.
Yes indeed the day on which a wedding is to be held is steeped with superstitions.
Marry on a:
Monday – brides will be healthy
Tuesday – brides will be wealthy
Wednesday – brides do best of all
Thursday – brides will suffer losses
Friday – brides will suffer crosses
Saturday – brides will have no luck at all
Friday, especially Friday 13th, is considered as an unlucky day to marry on.
As for the time of year, the saying ‘Marry in the month of May, and you’ll live to rue the day’ dates back to Pagan times. May, the start of summer, was dedicated to outdoor orgies, hardly the best way to begin married life! Queen Victoria is said to have banned her children from marrying in May, and Nineteenth Century Vicars were rushed of their feet on April 30th because Brides refused to marry during May.
The sun has always been associated with sexual stimulation and, therefore future fertility. In Scotland it was traditional for the Bride to ‘walk with the sun’, proceeding from east to west on the south side of the church and then circling the Church three times ‘sunwise’ for good luck.
Months have their good and bad omens too as seen from the following rhyme.
Married when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind & true,
When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know.
Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden & for Man.
Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you’ll go.
Those who in July do wed, must labour for their daily bred.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see
Marry in September’s shrine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.
You may also want to consult your horoscope.
Here’s another rhyme which might help.
Married in January’s roar and rime,
Widowed you’ll be before your prime.
Married in February’s sleepy weather,
Life you’ll tread in time together.
Married when March winds shrill and roar,
Your home will lie on a distant shore.
Married ‘neath April’s changeful skies,
A checkered path before you lies.
Married when bees o’er May blossoms flit,
Strangers around your board will sit.
Married in month of roses June,
Life will be one long honeymoon.
Married in July with flowers ablaze,
Bitter-sweet memories in after days.
Married in August’s heat and drowse,
Lover and friend in your chosen spouse.
Married in September’s golden glow,
Smooth and serene your life will go.
Married when leaves in October thin,
Toil and hardships for you begin.
Married in veils of November mist,
Fortune your wedding ring has kissed.
Married in days of December’s cheer,
Love’s star shines brighter from year to year.
Well readers I am sure whatever date you choose will be perfect. I myself am not superstitious…I think?!
What month are you all getting married?
Selma x ♥