Setting the day

So many superstitions surround weddings, much of which are so embedded into the planning process that they are traditions we simply can't do without.  Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue for example - although how many brides these days go the whole hog and walk down the aisle with a silver sixpence in her shoe?  Well, darlings, I have been having a look at some of the old superstitions to give you some guidance on one of the earliest parts of wedding planning - setting the date.
 
We'll start with an easy one.  With only seven options, the day of the week should be a doddle.  Until 17th century, when the puritans put a stop to it, Sunday was the most popular wedding day.  It was the one day most people were free from work.  However, just as they banned Christmas for being immoral, the puritans decided it was improper to feast on the Sabbath, so Sunday weddings were out.  These days, Saturday is the most popular wedding day for the same reason - guests do not usually have to take a day off work to attend.  However, according to an old rhyme, Saturday should be avoided at all costs!
Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday best of all.
Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for no luck at all.
 
A different superstition complicates matters:
Wed on Monday, always poor.  Wed on Tuesday, wed once more.
Wed on Wednesday, a happy match.  Wed on Thursday, a plenty catch.
Wed on Friday, poorly matched.  Wed on Saturday, better waited.
Wed on Sunday, cupid wooing.
 
 There you go then: the best day for a wedding is a Wednesday.  Although your guests may not agree!
 
Now, on to the month:
Married when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind and 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 and 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 bread.
 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
 
 So definitely avoid May, and July doesn't sound much fun either.  Queen Victoria is said to have ordered her children not to marry in May because it is held to be unlucky.  In Ancient Rome, the Feast of the Dead and the festival of the goddess of chastity were both held in May, whilst it is believed that in pagan times the start of summer was marked in May with outdoor orgies at the Feast of Beltane, neither of which are entirely appropriate!
 
Weddings should be avoided in Lent, which is meant to be a time of abstinence, whilst the forty days after Easter are meant to be lucky for weddings.  In 2013, Lent begins on 13th February, so no Valentine's Day weddings!  Easter Sunday is 31st March, making April a particularly good month - although grooms beware, because another old superstitions says An April bride will be inconsistent, or forceful, but well-meaning.
 
 For summer weddings, then, go for June.  June is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of love and marriage, plus summer months are associated with fertility.  But bad weather, as has been much in evidence this year, is an omen of an unhappy marriage.  Specifically, cloudy skies and wind are believed to herald a stormy marriage.  Snow, on the other hand, is associated with fertility and wealth, so whilst you might not get your outdoor photos, December and January are good months to get married as well.  You might want to avoid December because of Christmas, so for a winter wedding choose January.
 
So, if you're just starting to plan your big day, hopefully we have made one decision easier - choose a Wednesday for a happy match, and go for June or January.
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