“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,” goes the song “June Bride” from the 1954 movie musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
If that’s not incentive enough to schedule your nuptials in the middle of the year, we don’t know what is!
Seriously now, June became associated as the marrying-est month of the year for many reasons. First, the month refers to Juno, the Roman goddess of love and marriage, making it an auspicious time for tying the knot. Second, people back in the day bathed only once a year (yes, they did!), and it usually happened around May or June. This meant couples smelled freshest in June, but to be on the safe side, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to mask any potential body odor. And third, ancient folks thought June (or spring) was the best time to wed because once a bride conceived, her pregnancy and delivery would not get in the way of the busy fall harvest.
The tradition of marrying in June was carried over to modern times. Famous Filipino couples who made it official in June include ABS-CBN news anchor Bernadette Sembrano and Emilio Aguinaldo IV, great-grandson of the former Philippine President (June 12, 2008); actress and TV host Toni Gonzaga and director Paul Soriano (June 12, 2015); and actors Bernadette Allyson and Gary Estrada (June 16, 2001). Internationally, comedienne Lucille Ball (who married Desi Arnaz on June 1, 1949), Coretta Scott (who become Mrs. Martin Luther King on June 18, 1953), and Marilyn Monroe (who got hitched to Husband No. 3, the playwright Arthur Miller, on June 25, 1956) are some of the notable June brides.
According to 2015 figures collated by the Philippine Statistics Authority, Filipinos are to wed in the months of May (12.2%), February (11.1%), and April (10.4%). December seems an ideal time to wed as well, given the cool weather and the Christmas holidays, which allow more relatives on a break to join the festivities.
Regardless of the month you choose to marry, remember that a wedding is just one day in your life as a couple; it’s the days after you say “I Do” that truly count.
“It’s true that there are difficulties, there are problems with children or with the couple themselves, arguments and fights… but the important thing is that the flesh remains one, and you can overcome, you can overcome, you can overcome,” stressed Pope Francis in May 2018, in a morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta that included couples celebrating their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries. “And this is not only a sacrament for them, but also for the Church, a sacrament, as it were, that attracts attention: ‘See, love is possible!’ And love is capable of allowing you to live your whole life ‘in love’: in joy and in sorrow, with the problems of children, and their own problems… but always going forward. In sickness and in health, but always going forward. This is beautiful.”