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The Best Time

It’s been a while since I’ve attended a wedding. Now having been invited to one next month,
I thought of some superstitions I’d read about marrying in different months of the year.

I saw these various superstitions/sayings in a book entitled The Illuminated Book of Days illustrated by the 19th century British watercolorist, Kate Greenaway. In this book the various wedding month superstitions were scattered throughout the text.

After some research it turns out these wedding month superstitions actually are part of an old English verse. Here is the complete piece:

Married when the year is new,
He’ll be kind, loving and true.

When February birds do mate,
You wed, or dread your fate.

If you wed when March winds blow,
Joy and sorrow both you’ll know.

Wed in April if you can,
Joy for maiden and for man.

Marry in the month of May,
And you’ll surely rue the day.

Marry in June when roses grow,
O’er land and sea you’ll go.

Those who in July do wed,
Must labor for their daily bread.

Whoever wed in August be
Many a change is sure to see.

Marry in September’s shine,
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’s snow falls fast,
Marry, and true love will last.

— Anonymous

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