June has been traditionally the most popular month for weddings because it was named after Juno, the Roman Goddess of Marriage. Juno would bring happiness and prosperity to all who wed in her month. In addition, June signified the end of Lent and warmer weather. Time to shed our winter garb and take our annual bath.
Here are some other wedding traditions, customs and beliefs:
! Something Old ~ Wearing “something old” symbolizes the transition from the bride’s previous life into the life of marriage, not forgetting her previous life and loved ones.
! Something New ~ Wearing “something new” represents the future bringing good fortune and success in the bride’s new life.
! Something Borrowed ~ Wearing “something borrowed” reminds the bride that her family and friends will be there when she needs them. It also signifies good luck and joy to the bride.
! Something Blue ~ Wearing “something blue” was a symbol of loyalty, faithfulness, and purity during biblical times.
! A Silver Sixpence in her Shoe ~ A “silver sixpence” is to wish the bride financial wealth, and the wealth of joy and happiness throughout her married life.
! Bands of Gold ~ Wearing the wedding rings on the third finger of the left hand started with the Egyptians who believed that the vein in the third finger of the left hand connected directly to the heart, the center of all love. The Romans wore it there to represent the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. In the Jewish faith, the band must be continuous and have no indentations.
! Bridal Shower ~ The early 1900’s saw the advent of Bridal showers in America and rural parts of Europe. Family and friends gathered together to give the newlyweds gifts to help them with their new home. When this tradition dwindled, the bride’s friends would then start the tradition of “showering” her with gifts.
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