There are a lot of different traditions surrounding the wedding dates, some of them still present nowadays in England and many other cultures, here are the most common ones.
In most cultures, people avoid getting married on 13th, as 13 is consider to be a number followed by bad luck. But according to Jewish traditions, the number 13 is the bonding of many into one, making it a perfect day for groom and bride to celebrate their love.
Best and worst day of the week
For ancient Romans, Tuesday was the day of Mars, god of war, which was the reason to avoid having a wedding on that day, being even forbidden. Still an unlucky day in South America, Spain and Greece, but for British culture, Tuesday is an auspicious date as “Tuesday is the day for health”, like for Jewish culture, “good for Heaven and good for the creations”.
On the other hand, Jewish couples will avoid to get married on Sabbath, avoiding Friday, and having the option of getting married on Saturday only after nightfall.
Weddings on Saturdays are at the moment the most popular ones, however, is a date that has been avoided in history, as it is supposed to bring misfortune.
To get married on Friday brings also bad luck in British culture. A Victorian ladies popular rhyme goes like this: Monday for health, Tuesday for health, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday no luck at all.
So according to this traditions, Saturday is the unluckiest day, Wednesdays are the best day to get married, and if you want to have a long, healthy and wealthy marriage and life, you may consider having a three days wedding at the beginning of the week!
If you choose a date with a full moon, Venus, goddess of love, will bring passion and love into your marriage. This superstition is kept nowadays as one of the most popular ones. According to the astrology, you shouldn't get married during the waning moon, as if you do, you will be unfortunate in love.
In Hindu culture, a couple should choose their wedding date depending on their zodiac signs, as each sign has their own meaning and character.
This process is also used in the Chinese tradition, as couples has to be married on the year of an animal similar to their own animal sign, to avoid adversities. A lot of Chinese couples avoid to get married during the year of the Tiger, as it is considered a widow year.
Months to avoid
A lot of cultures consider the month of May as the most inauspicious month to get married in, for so, many marriages are celebrated at the end of April.
It is believed that the superstition about May was so common in the past, that Queen Victoria did not allow her children to marry in May: marry in the month of May, and you'll surely rue the day.
Scottish culture considers May an unlucky month as well, specially May 3rd, and for them, January 1st is the luckiest day of the year.
On the other hand, for Irish culture, the year's final day is a particularly auspicious day for weddings.
According to Indian superstitions, a couple should avoid to get married during the Tamil month of Adi, which is between July 15th and August 15th.
Contrarily, the best months to get married are January, September, and as in Scottish and Irish culture, as well December: when December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.
Whatever date you chose to celebrate your wedding, the big decisions will come now. And if you follow superstitions, you can get further advices: Married in white, you have chosen right. Married in blue, your love is true!