Can you believe that Sunday used to be the most popular day for a wedding? Well, it was simply because as it was the one day most people were free from work.
Puritans in the Seventeenth Century soon put a stop to this, believing it was improper to be celebrating on the Sabbath. Today, here at our wedding venue in Bromley, we know that Saturdays are the busiest, despite the following rhyme:
“Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday best of all,
Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for no luck at all.”
As for the time of year, the saying ‘Marry in the month of May, and you’ll live to rue the day’ dates back to Pagan times. May, the start of summer, was dedicated to outdoor orgies (e.g. the summer festival Beltane), hardly the best way to begin married life!
Queen Victoria is said to have banned her children from marrying in May. Nineteenth Century Vicars were rushed of their feet on April 30th because Bridess refused to marry during May.
The sun has always been associated with sexual stimulation and, therefore future fertility. In Scotland it was traditional for the Brides to ‘walk with the sun’, proceeding from east to west on the south side of the church and then circling the Church three times for good luck.
“Married when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind & true.
When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate.
If you marry when March winds blow, joy and sorrow, both you’ll know.
Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden & 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 a winter wedding, which I am sure not too many bridal couples consider, looks like having the best chance of success!
So when you are looking for wedding venues in Kent a winter wedding can be just as beautiful as a summer wedding. Think warm cosy rooms with blazing log fires, a superb interior for stunning photographs and no worries about the weather outside.