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June 4, 2012

Our favorite place is Broadkill Beach,DE, where we surf fish and kayak. That is why we married there under surf fishing rods!

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When you think of June, you think of summer weather and weddings. The two are definitely related. While most people know that June is a traditional month for weddings, few realize how much these traditions were shaped by weather.

June – the month of summer weather and weddings

When you read the magazines, they state that June has always been the most popular month, named after Juno, Roman goddess of marriage. She would bring prosperity and happiness to all who wed in her month. However, if one looks at Roman weather, June is also the end of the wet season. Unless you wanted a completely wet wedding, you waited until the Mediterranean rainy season was over before getting married. Maybe Juno wouldn’t deliver wealth and joy, but at least the Roman bride wouldn’t get soaked on her way to the temple.

Our American ancestors were not really looking for blessings from a Roman goddess. Practical people that they were, their lives were shaped by the yearly cycle of weather. They preferred getting married after the planting season was over. Between staying up all night with spring lambing and working all day plowing, spring was just too busy for holding a major party. Besides June brides were likely to have their first children in spring, rather than in the dead of winter.

Between staying up all night with spring lambing and working all day plowing, spring was just too busy for weddings. SOURCE: Wikipedia

Finally there was the romantic fact that girls just smelled better in June. Typically baths were a fairly rare event. Traditionally, people waited until late spring, when it was finally warm enough to remove their winter clothing before they heated up the bath water. Twelve months of sweat and grime were scrubbed off, leaving the June bride smelling girly. Add blossoms and a June bride was womanhood at her finest.

The most romantic month has finally arrived. Here’s hoping it brings great weather to all of us.

Read more about wedding weather and traditions on the Almanac's Wedding Planner.

[Readers, let us know if this is your anniversary month or if you are planning a June wedding. We’d also love to see the pictures—from past or present—enter our Wedding Photo Contest!]

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Evelyn Browning Garriss, historical climatologist, blogger, writer for The Old Farmer's Almanac, and editor of The Browning Newsletter, has advised farmers, businesses, and investors worldwide on upcoming climate events and their economic and social impact for the past 21 years.

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September is the best. You

By Ka3herine

September is the best. You can almost be sure of good weather. Much more consistent than June no matter where you live.

June isnt bringing the best

By Betty Paige

June isnt bringing the best of summer like heat to us in the northeast. I was thinking we would be warm and hot in June but its been cloudy and below normal temps for the first half of the month. Im seriously hoping that well hit the 90s next week, I was a summer bride but who wants to have a wedding in a summer thats never existed (yet) Hoping July and August will give fair share of heat. Its beautiful and warm now and the heat streak next week is happiness to me! That pattern better be behind us! I got married on July 17, 1983 and it was very warm (of what i remember) because that was years ago!!

I got married in February! in

By Regina L Smith

I got married in February! in the heart of winter I was getting married on top of Liberty Mountain in Virginia. It was actually really beautiful because we had a snow storm a few days before so we had plenty of snow left over. I got pictures in my album of the wedding and you can see the snow capped trees. Of course im used to getting snow because winter isnt very gentle to us like it is in the south. A June wedding would have been great!! but i wouldnt trade that day for a summer wedding. June isnt starting out very pretty up here anyway. This is the worst way to start the "month of love" summer is back this weekend and next week! Im welcoming the warm summer weather when it gets here except this time i want it to stay!!

A snowy mountain wedding

By Evelyn Browning...

A snowy mountain wedding sounds beautiful!

A lo-o-ong time ago I was an August bride. I was married at my parent’s home by the Rio Grande River. We had taken down the hummingbird feeders so that the wind would not spill sugar water on the guests. As a result, irate hummingbirds buzzed the entire wedding and reception. My wedding pictures show the sparkling river, golden grass and really ticked-off little birds.

I have a bird feeder in my

By Regina L Smith

I have a bird feeder in my backyard so if i happened to take that down we would be having birds flying all over the place looking for the bird seeds. If you make these birds mad here they will peck you upside the head, and no! Im not joking, they will do it! Think of the hummingbirds first before planning anything. They come first you know!! That must've made the guests look around!

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