Marry on Monday - It's a Good Day for a Wedding

by Jennifer Cram - Brisbane Marriage Celebrant  © 16 July 2019  | Days of the Week |
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Marry On MondayThe old wedding  rhyme (one of many wedding superstitions for which there is absolutely no evidence) goes
Monday for Health
But when you look at older beliefs and traditions, and delve into the history of why we call Monday (now the first day of the working week, Monday,  there are so many more interesting reasons for choosing to marry on a Monday!

Why we call it Monday

The Babylonians knew of only five planets, so they named five days after them, and tagged the other two days after the Sun and the Moon. The Romans adopted the practice when they standardised on a seven day week (used to be 8 days in the Roman week, how confusing was that) and designated Sunday and Monday as the first two days of the week.

How did we English-speakers get to call the day that is named for the moon, Monday, when the Latin word for moon in Luna and what speakers of languages that are direct descendants of Latin - Spanish, French and Italian call Monday is directly related to the word Luna? History. Our English names for days of the week were influence by Germanic and Norse myths and by the Anglo-Saxon roots of our language.

To be precise Monday is not actually named for the moon, but for Mani, the Norse god who drove the chariot that carried the moon across the sky).

A fun reason for getting married on Monday

In Celtic tradition, the moon is always associated with the feminine, with wisdom, with nurturing, and with emotional intelligence. All great qualities to ensure the success of a relationship.

Benefits of having your wedding on a Monday

Being a weekday, Monday is good for
  • Lower venue costs
  • Supplier discounts
  • Limiting the size of your guest list
  • Weddings with short planning time
  • Almost guaranteeing availability of the venue if you've got your heart set on a very popular one

You can make marrying on a Monday a lot easier if you

  • Check whether it is a public holiday either where you are getting married or where your guests are traveling from.
  • Send out your save the dates as early as possible
  • Make sure you mention that your wedding is on a Monday (as well as the date)
  • Tell your nearest and dearest why you've picked that particular Monday (and why you really do want them at your wedding
  • Accept that some people may decline - and don't take it personally

Thanks for reading!

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