June Weddings: Interesting facts

@jillhill (37383)
United States
June 17, 2008 10:17pm CST
Back in the early 1500's the history of June weddings began. When spring had arrived everyone put off their winter clothes and finally after a long cold winter took their annual bath usually in May! So weddings were scheduled in June because by June they were still smelling pretty good. The bride would carry a bouquet of flowers to mask any body odor that had started to reoccur.....that why a bride carries a bouquet! FYI
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• United States
18 Jun 08
Ewwww. I think I've heard that somewhere before. I think it was history class. I'm glad we're a little more civilized now.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Me too! I can't function without a shower everyday! LOL
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• United States
18 Jun 08
That is crazy...an ANNUAL bath....ewwwww. Thanks so much for sharing this bridal history. I will pass it along next month when I attend the bridal shower for my future daughter-in-law..(August wedding)!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Won't that be fun! I think I might do that too if I have another shower to go to! LOL...until I read it I didn't know why they carried flowers or why there was June weddings!
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• United States
30 Jun 08
Jill, thank you so much for choosing my comment as best response. I really appreciate it!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Very interesting story about June weddings. I was married in June and think if I only took an annual bath, I wouldn't have been getting married in June. I also think it would have taken more than flowers to mask the body odor. My husband would have made another choice or found someone who would atleast bathe semi annually....lol
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Maybe that's why I am not married! LOL...just kidding! I can't function in the morning until I have showered! I feel sorry for them that they didn't catch on sooner!
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Jun 08
I have a female relative who fits into this category. It's beyond disgusting. Glad I can't smell....lol
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
Oh a bath a year, I have one daily and just couldn't imagine just what that would be like, pongy to say the least. I am in fact going to a June wedding at the end of the month LOL but I bet that is not the reason they chose it for then eh! Ellie :D
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 Jun 08
LOL......I can't function without a shower everyday! I don't know how they did it only bathing once a year!
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@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
18 Jun 08
How awful, i could have lived the rest of my life not knowing that pigs in a sty was cleaner than my ancestors. LOL
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 Jun 08
You are so silly! LOL...though it was fun to read it and find out why brides carried flowers!
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
18 Jun 08
I bet the groom was really glad for those bouquet of flowers back then. I just couldn't imagine such a thing these days as an annual bath. Didn't they sweat back then?
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 Jun 08
CAn you imagine what they must have smelled like! LOL
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• United States
18 Jun 08
That sounds about right. I heard that ages ago somewhere else. Not sure where but I did. There are a lot of interesting things that we still do today that we have no idea why we do them. We do them simply beacause they're tradition and we don't question it. I think people should really learn to question tradition though.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 Jun 08
I do too! It was so much fun when I read this that I learned something new!
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@yogeshdhusa (2237)
• India
18 Jun 08
Is it true? funny, very funny. i cant belive this happnes. I think then everybody should carry a bouquet. Please tell me this not the truth. I am imagning this and i am not able to control myself from laughing. In india weather is so good even in winter every one can take a hot bath, except if any one is ill. So i cant belive that this happnes. Indian marriage: they clean the body of both by turmeric paste, Turmeric has a healing effect and burning sensation, they apply it for 2-5 days and then all the retuals. Do you know this turmeric paste has burning sensation, so the bride and groom should not allowed take bath atleast for 24 hr after applying it. even if they cry.. enjoy :)
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 Jun 08
oh my!!!!!!!!
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@clrumfelt (5426)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Wow. I got married in June but it was because we were both out of school after May and that made it a good time. It never occurred to me I should take my yearly bath before the ceremony!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Can you imagine going without a bath for a year!!!!! Yikes!
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@clrumfelt (5426)
• United States
18 Jun 08
I can't imagine going a day witbout one. Indoor plumbing is such a blessing.
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
9 Aug 08
so that's why brides carry a bouquet of flowers during weddings! that's an interesting piece of trivia jill. but wait, people then don't take a bath everyday? they just take an annual bath and let the flowers do the masking of body odors??? ^__^;;
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
9 Aug 08
yup!!! yucky isn't it! LOL
@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
19 Jun 08
that was funny!!is it really true? what a way of masking the odor!!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
19 Jun 08
It is really true! LOL
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Well, I guess the stench is like what people say about garlic. If you had garlic and the other person also, it does not offend you. Two stinky people, bride and groom, void the smell out. LOL
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Very good thinking! LOL....
@lishiwei (1553)
• China
18 Jun 08
Yes,the time in June is really an interesting and funny time.I also hope that I can do that in June in the future.But I think it maybe a little difficult because it all decide by my mother in our country.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Wow! I didn't know that! Thanks for sharing the info and now I have learned something new today!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
18 Jun 08
hey thank you for the interesting tidbits! i always love to read trivia and i found this quite funny! i guess it was quite popular to have your wedding in june until very recently (maybe the last 50 years or so) but not because they had their yearly bath in may! lol
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I know! LOL....I can't imagine going without a bath or shower for a year!
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Hi jillhill. Jeesh, you would think they could have taken at least 1 bath per season, just to start things off right. I am wondering where you located this most interesting history of the 1500s. I love the part about brides carrying a bouquet to cover up their body odor. How lovely! PearlGrace
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Off the AARP website! In another discussion group! LOL...my sister visited today and she already knew all about it!
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@tschu8 (136)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Me and my husband were married in June, but definatley not for these reasons. I can not even imagine bathing once a year. All I can picture are a bunch of disgusting looking people with the worst body sores from being filthy!! I have heard this before and is sounds so unbelievable. Did they not know they were dirty? To much work to clean yourself up a little? I would at least jump in a pond or lake or something..........come on!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Me too..or they had to have rain barrels or something! I can't even function without a shower everyday! LOL