If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.      If you wed in bleak November, only joy will come, remember.
Collection of the bride from her home in a fancy decorated limo is often greeted with car-horns and cheers from passers-by.
With the Groom eagerly awaiting his fashionably late Bride at the Church her arrival is heralded with a suitable song or music.
Similarly, it became unusual for a couple to be wed in May as this was the traditional start of Summer and was marked by a Pagan feast: Bealtane.
These beliefs are the origin of the old marriage song:       Marry when the year is new, always loving, kind, and true.
In the Pagan and Wiccan traditions the handfasting ceremony may involve an arrangement of rocks, candles, crystals, a robe or ribbon, a broomstick, marriage documents, a silver box and other symbolic items.
USING AN IRISH HERITAGE SITE FOR A WEDDING CEREMONY In a marvellous development the Irish Government is now allowing couples to hire out some National Monuments and buildings for their wedding ceremony!
When February birds do mate, you may wed, nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know.
Incredible as it may seem you can now get married at: The Casino at Marino, Dublin Castletown House, Kildare Barryscourt Castle, Cork Desmond Hall, Limerick Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny The Blasket Island Visitor Centre, Kerry The Ceide Fields Stoneage Visitor Centre, Mayo It seems certain that other sites will be added.
Who knows, maybe it will be possible to be married at the Rock of Cashel or the Hill of Tara - that really would be incredible.
The 16th Century Penal Laws prevented Priests from saying Mass never mind conducting the Sacrament of Marriage. The last of the Penal Laws was not repealed in Ireland until 1920.