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Why It's Considered Bad Luck To Get Married In May


"Marry in May, rue the day," goes the old superstition. As much as we'd prefer to follow a saying that goes something like, "Get married whenever the heck you feel like it," this old wives' tale has real staying power. Among the many longstanding wedding superstitions, May's bad luck reputation has been around since ancient Rome.

Although it's difficult to know the exact reason why the Romans avoided May weddings, it could have been due to the festival of Lemuria, which lasted most of the month and paid tribute to the dead. Some believe it would have been frowned upon (and thus considered unlucky) to court a spouse when you were supposed to be celebrating the deceased.


Meanwhile, the people of southern France had a very, um, explicit explanation. According to an 1840 article about superstitions within the region, the entire month of May was "rejected by the young girls who are betrothed; and they frankly say upon the subject, that it is not suitable to marry at a period when the asses are amorous." In other words, why not wait until after May, when all of the livestock is done mating?

This explains why 19th-century agrarian communities would want to skip May weddings, but nowadays, it's pretty unlikely you'd have a wedding right next to a bunch "amorous" donkeys. According to The Knot, the only days in May actually worth avoiding are Mother's Day and Memorial Day (since having your wedding on a major holiday might put a dent in your guest list). But, seriously, there's no real reason to worry a May wedding spells doom for your marriage.

It'd be nearly impossible to hold a wedding that followed every single marriage superstition out there. To name just one example, almost every day of the week has been considered unlucky at some point — yes, even Saturday. Unless you're a big believer in superstitions, set your date for whenever you want (or whenever the venue of your dreams is available).

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Sarah Elizabeth Dewey -- Dr. Phillip Petitto


Sarah Elizabeth Dewey was in no mood to be set up on a date. But her roommate and a friend were having a dinner party on New Year's Eve to ring in 2014, and they took matters into their own hands. They sat Sarah Elizabeth next to Dr. Phillip Anthony Petitto.

Sarah Elizabeth admits she was standoffish at first. Philip, though, was "very interested right away. But she didn't want anything to do with me," he said.

Eventually she warmed to his charm. "We had an old-fashioned courtship," said Sarah Elizabeth, a designer and co-owner of the fashion brand Jolie and Elizabeth. "We dated for a few months before we became a couple. Lots of courting, him being sweet, very thoughtful, like walking me to the door. I got flowers, we went out to dinners and on trips.

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"It was a true dating experience."

As the relationship got more serious, Phillip, a dentist at Petitto Family Dental, started thinking about a proposal. "She was kind of waiting for it," he said. "Christmas (2015) went by, then Mardi Gras, her birthday, Valentine's Day ... but I told her that you will never suspect when I am going to do it.

"Then I got the ring, and it was burning a hole in my pocket, so I called her friends and said let's do this."

Phillip proposed at St. Alphonsus Church, one of Sarah Elizabeth's favorite places. With the help of Sarah Worsley of Mint Julep Production (who also planned the wedding), the church's steps were decked in candles, and Sarah Elizabeth's friends were gathered to witness the moment. After she said yes, a pedi-cab whisked them away to Brennan's, where family and more friends were waiting to celebrate. The wedding date was set for March 24, 2017.

Sarah Elizabeth and Phillip are both of Italian descent, so they planned a traditional Italian wedding "mixed with New Orleans" style, she said.

"We wanted a very traditional, reverent Catholic Mass," she said. The priest, Rev. Reuben C. Dykes, was Phillip's friend from college, and the couple received a papal blessing. After the ceremony at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church, the wedding party left in a second line with Italian flags and streamers, with Phillip and his father, Frank Petitto Jr., carrying walking canes filled with flowers in the colors of the Italian flag. That red, white and green color scheme also was used in subtle ways decorating Il Mercato, where the reception was held.

Since it was Lent, the couple opted for no meat at the reception, but their priest advised that alligator would be considered seafood. So Joel's Catering created an alligator bar that featured alligator and grits, alligator sauce piquant and fried alligator. And while champagne and other libations were flowing, guests also were offered strawberry wine from the Petitto family farm (in Amite and Monroe).

After much dancing to music from the Bucktown All-Stars (which also lead the second line), the night wound down, and Sarah Elizabeth and Phillip left the party to the sounds of the Tulane University a cappella group singing "Hooked on a Feeling," apropos for the night's celebration and for this couple.

THIS PHOTO: Sarah Elizabeth Dewey and Dr. Phillip Petitto second-line from St. Mary's Assumption Church to the reception at Il Mercato, March 24, 2017.

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A bride had to queue in her dress at a Lidl checkout to buy wedding flowers - after she forget her bouquet


It’s been months in the planning, from the dress, suits, venue, limo - your wedding day is finally here and you are all set to tie the knot.

Except for one bride, there was one last thing she needed to do before saying “I do”. . . Glide down a different sort of aisle at the supermarket for last minute bits - her own wedding flowers to be exact.

On Saturday, Helen Evenden was in the back of a luxury limo half way from her home in Llanybydder on the way to the register office in Carmarthen to marry her fiancée Jason, when it dawned upon her that they had not put the wedding flowers in the car.

But instead of panicking or becoming a blubbering mess, Helen decided to carry on to Carmarthen.

Helen and Jason Evenden outside Carmarthen register office. Helen has her Lidl flowers with her that she bought before the ceremony

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She said: “I asked my sister if she had put the flowers in the boot but she hadn’t - they were still at my house in Llanybydder.

“I didn’t panic, we were going through Alltwalis, half way to Carmarthen and decided to carried on.

“When we got there, the register office said we were a little bit early and told us to go for a spin around town.”

It was then that her dad Paul Draycott suggested calling into the town’s Lidl supermarket to see if they had flowers for the ceremony.

Helen said: “Dad said, let’s go to Lidl. I thought we might as well, seeing as we had time before the wedding.

“In I went to Lidl in my wedding dress and with my purse, got three lots of white roses for £7.”

One bunch was for her and the other two for her nieces Sioned, 16 and Arwen 13, who were bridesmaids.

Helen added: “We parked in the Lidl car park in this big limo, this was around 9.30am and one customer even asked me ‘are you for real?’ when I went to the till to pay for the flowers.”

The sight of a bride-to-be in her gown going through the checkout armed with her own flowers raised a few eyebrows and chuckles from shoppers and staff alike said Helen.

She added: “One staff member even asked to take a photo of me at

the till, it was a little unusual I suppose,” she laughed.

Thankfully, it was plain sailing after the shopping trip and Helen, 39, married Jason, 31, before a reception at the Black Lion Hotel in Llanybydder with their daughters Soffia, aged five and Efa aged two - along with friends and family.

Helen was even re-united with her wedding bouquet for the reception.

Her mother Betty quipped: “I thought it was rather funny she had one bouquet for the registry wedding and called back in the house for the proper one for the wedding reception.”

Speaking from the home she shares with Jason and their daughters in Heol Y Dderi, Helen said: “We haven’t got a honeymoon planned, just a nice chilled out week at home.”

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