June Wedding History and Traditions
“For they say when you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life.” Historically, June was the month of marriage. We'll explain why—plus, share some June wedding ideas!
Getting Married in June
“Oh, they say when you marry in June you’re a bride all your life,
and the bridegroom who marries in June gets a sweet-heart for a wife.
Winter weddings can be gay like a Christmas holiday,
but the JUNE BRIDE hears the song of a spring that lasts all summer long.
By the light of the silvery moon, home you ride side by side
with the echo of Mendelssohn’s tune in your hearts as you ride.
For they say when you marry in June you will always be a bride.”
– “June Bride” from the movie “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”
Why is June the most traditional month for weddings?
However, the tradition of a June wedding dates back to Roman times. The origin of "June" derives its name from "Juno" who was the Roman goddess of love and marriage.
It was thought that couples who married in June would be blessed with prosperity and happiness.
Interestingly, the term 'honeymoon' referred to the first Moon after the summer solstice. It's also a traditional name for the Full Moon for June.
Now a honeymoon is still the sweet period of time following the wedding, even if the event doesn't take place in June.
A June Wedding Theme
For a wedding in the sixth month of the year, you might consider a Sun theme as it's the time of the summer solstice (June 20 or 21).
- For informal weddings, bridesmaids could wear sundresses and sun hats.
- Arrange yellow blossoms in vases and hang Sun mobiles, sun catchers, and other fun-in-the-sun decorations. Include glass, crystal, and prisms that will catch the light.
- Serve yellow foods such as Lemonade, Chicken Piccata and Corn Bread with sliced pineapple, yellow squash, and rice with yellow peppers.
- Offer cupcakes decorated to look like sunflowers. You might also place sundials in various locations to add to the festive atmosphere.
June is for Roses
Of course, the flower of June is the rose. See more about June's Birth Flowers.
And we all know that red roses symbolize love. See the Meaning of Flowers.
So, a roses theme is a perfectly lovely and traditional idea. One popular tradition today is to throw rose petals at the bride and groom as they leave the church!
We hope you've enjoyed our June wedding post. Find more customs and traditions on our wedding planning page.
And we wish all our June brides a spectacular wedding and marriage!