Once Upon a Time, Everyone Got Married on Wednesday

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Old wedding

Today, most guests consider weekday weddings an eye-rolling inconvenience (Taking off work? Pulling the kids out of school? Missing all that great TV?), but way back when, they were actually the norm. According to a once-ubiquitous English rhyme, tying the knot early in the week would ensure the most auspicious possible start to a marriage:

Monday for health
Tuesday for wealth
Wednesday best of all
Thursday for losses
Friday for crosses
Saturday for no luck at all

Wednesday? Give me a break. You’ll note that Sunday isn’t even mentioned as an option. Before the Reformation in the 16th century, the Christian Sabbath was a popular choice among betrothed Britons — but once the Puritans took hold, it was a given that your undoubtedly pious guests would be busy spending the day in church. Today, Saturday (“no luck at all,” ironically) is easily the most common day for weddings, so thrifty couples can often negotiate discounts if they marry on a decidedly less busy weekday. Why not save some money and kick it (very) old school?