If You Want A Wedding Forget May. Ancients Believe It Was Worse Month To Be Wed Or Bred

Ancients went by the clock, cock and hock -- just don't tie the knot before June! May was the month for getting bathed. The snows had melted by then.

A big tub of water stood wherever there was spare space and Daddy was the first to bathe. Brings home the bacon, needs to be pampered. Then his wife, their children, their relatives and if there was no rub about the tub, neighbors had a pash to splash. Whence came the phrase-- "don't throw the baby out with the bath water." By the time babies' turn came, the water was so dingy and dirty, a baby could disappear in the time it took to toss out the water.
The ceremony is one of the last surviving rites from the Romans. The bridegroom didn't know his left from his rite. He was kept completely in the dark. The bride's family boned up on history and kept the rite a mystery.

In those days there was magic in the air - both good and tragic. If an engagement ring was lost or stolen, there would be no marriage. Families in May were devoted to their dead relatives and it was no time for a bride to carry a bouquet. Flowers didn't bloom until June, hence the phrase, "What is so rare as a day in June?"

It was considered unlucky for lovers.