Allegedly, Europeans did not takes baths until the late Spring. Even when they did, the freshness did not last.
As an insurance policy against noticeable body odor, freshly-cut flowers were used lavishly so that their smell was stronger than that of the bridal party.
So, is such western lore true?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Now that routine bathing is en vogue, having weddings in June is not necessary, but there is no harm in continuing the custom.
Thankfully, another ancient marriage custom is no longer en vogue in western societies: arranged marriages.
“Arranged marriages are often cited when discussing the origin of the wedding veil. When daughters were considered a commodity to their family, a marriage was a way of sealing agreements between families and increasing assets. A Bride and Groom would likely meet for the first time on their wedding day, at the altar. The veil was used to obscure the bride’s features, only being lifted after the marriage ceremony was completed. This was to keep the groom from backing out from the deal if he didn’t like what he saw.”
Granted, nowadays, a groom can always consult with his groomsmen before saying, “I do.”
The “Wanted” posters say the following about David: “Wanted: A refugee from planet Melmac masquerading as a human. Loves cats. If seen, contact the Alien Task Force.”