You may suspect June will be a very busy month for the North Hempstead Town Clerk’s office. The popular “June brides” will require a higher-than-average number of wedding licenses to be issued. Our own Town Clerk Wayne Wink confirms June is usually the top month of weddings he officiates every year. On average, he presides at about 15 weddings a month.
The tradition of “June brides” dates back to ancient Roman times. During that period, a festival was held on June 1st to celebrate the marriage of the god Juno and his wife Jupiter. Jupiter was the goddess of marriage and childbirth. In Victorian times, the tradition is thought to have continued because there were flowers available for wedding décor (personal hygiene wasn’t as prominent then, and the scent of the flowers masked body odor). Bette Davis and Robert Montgomery help perpetuate the tradition by starring in the 1948 movie, “June Bride.”
While Clerk Wayne Wink may be busy ushering in new local married couples on this first weekend of June, the month may be losing popularity for nuptials more broadly. According to the 2020 WeddingWire Newlywed Report, June has fallen to third place, with October claiming the Number 1 slot for the past few years.
There are no scheduled weddings at the Church of Our Saviour, Lutheran for this weekend. But there is a very good chance our beloved Town Clerk will be there (if he’s not conferring with a June bride and groom elsewhere)! Join Wayne and others for our worship on Sunday, June 6th at our 9:15 AM (indoor) or 10:30 AM (outdoor drive-in) liturgies.