With Classic Cleaners owners being such history buffs, I find it fun to go back and learn the origin of various traditions we keep alive today. And, since Classic Cleaners professionals specialize in wedding gown cleaning and preservation, I’m going to devote today’s blog post to weddings old and new.
Think it strange to be thinking of weddings in November? Think again.
In recent years, wedding statistics show, June has come in second, or even third, in popularity, behind July and August!
I’ve read several different theories about why June used to be the month of choice for weddings:
Brides married in June were likely to give birth to a first child in spring, which was thought to bring good luck.
During medieval times annual baths (yes, annual!) were usually in May, so that June brides still smelled relatively fresh. (If not, the bridal bouquet was designed to divert attention from any unpleasant odor.)
I hasten to add that Melissa Shell, writing about medieval history in About.Com, refutes this persistent legend
about yearly cleansing, explaining that, while full baths may have been annual affairs, most people washed themselves on a regular basis.
Although modern couples may have more contemporary – and more practical – reasons for choosing to be married in a particular month, much sentimental value attaches to weddings and particularly to wedding gowns. For this reason, Classic Cleaners is a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, cleaning and preparing gowns for immediate use, or offering expert MuseumCare preservation as endorsed by the Association of Bridal Consultants.
Every year an average of 3 million weddings are performed in the United States. And, in every month of every one of those years, Classic Cleaners answers “We Do!” to the question, “Can you help take care of my beautiful bridal gown?”
by Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team