Monday, April 21, 2008

June Weddings

Has June always been the favored month for a wedding? Why? According to the tradition dates back to the 1500s, when people took their yearly baths during the warm weather month of May. By June, they were still somewhat “clean” and any lingering odor could be masked by a bouquet of fresh flowers.

Well, I don’t know that I believe that, but I have noticed there were more marriages in some months than others. I checked marriages in the counties of Crittenden and Caldwell 1850 - 1855. The results of this very unscientific survey reveal fewer marriages in June than any other month and the majority of marriages occurred in January, followed by December and November. The majority of folks in these counties were farmers and were probably too busy planting and then harvesting to think about a wedding until the end of the year. A winter wedding would be just the thing to spice up a dull social calendar.

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