Monday, June 28, 2021

The Story Behind June Weddings By Donna Schlachter (with Giveaway)






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In America, June is a popular time for weddings. Flowering trees are often in bud, and those early summer blooms such as lilacs and apple blossoms are prevalent. But have you ever wondered why June was selected as the most popular month to get hitched?

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According to many sources, this tradition dates back to the Romans, and their goddess of fertility, Juno, who is likely closely related to the Greek goddess Hera.

 
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Another story credits the practice with the warming temperatures which encouraged bathing, so having your annual bath and getting married seemed like a good idea.

Then again, the Christian tradition of Lent might have had some effect on the choice of dates. Couples longing to wed had to wait until after the Lenten season was passed, usually by mid-April, and then banns could be posted, which often carried the couples to the end of May before they could legally wed.
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Flowers are another interesting part of the wedding tradition. Before the 18th century, bathing was not so popular, so often flowers were included in the ceremony to cover the scent of unwashed bodies. And waiting until June meant the choices for blooms were greater.


 
No matter the reason for the date, weddings are an important milestone in every couple’s life, and in the romance stories we love to read. Testing Tessa is one of those stories. While the heroine, Tessa, doesn’t set out to find a husband, she soon finds that the love that develops for one of her patients extends to his father. But can Seth, a widower, let go of the past and look beyond his dead wife’s memory to see the positive attributes of another woman? You can learn more about this story at https://www.amazon.com/Testing-Tessa-Donna-Schlachter/dp/1943688761
 
Question for readers: Leave a response to the following question to be entered into a random drawing for an ebook or print (US only) copy of Testing Tessa.
 
Which do you think is the best reason for marrying in June? Your answer doesn't have to be one of the theories mentioned above. 

Resource: https://brombergs.com/the-tradition-of-the-june-bride/





About Donna:

Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. As a hybrid author, she writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Sisters In Crime, Pikes Peak Writers, and Christian Authors Network; facilitates a critique group; and teaches writing classes online and in person. Donna also ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management. You can find her at www.HiStoryThrutheAges.com

11 comments:

  1. I think because it's in the summer and people seem to have more free time. Print please.
    Theresa Norris
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    1. Hi Theresa, thanks for your comment. You could be right. School is out, universities and colleges are done until the fall. Longer daylight hours. A sense of laid-back living.

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  2. Thanks for the post! I always thought there were more weddings in June because that's when many people are done with college and ready to focus on other aspects of life. bcrug(at)twc(dot)com

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    1. Hi Connie, very likely. Graduation and wedding in one, hey?

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  3. I think weather has a lot to do with it. The summer is beginning but it is not quite so very hot in June.
    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Melanie, yes, and flowers are in bloom, too!

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  4. I would imagine it has a lot to do with the weather. Weddings in winter are wonderful - our anniversary is January 20 - but a warm weather wedding must be so very nice! My folks were married in 1941 on June 21. My dad was a farmer at that time so I expect it was between sowing and harvesting. As well, my mom had just finished getting her RN, so that may have also figured into the date choice. Print is great, as is an ebook. bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Betti. Those are great memories about weddings!

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  5. I think June weddings are so Beautiful because of all The Beautiful flowers and trees Thank you for the chance for this amazing giveaway! Sarahbaby601973(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. And good luck in the drawing.

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  6. Melanie is our winner this month. I've sent an email asking for your preference. To all who stopped by, thanks so much!

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