Wedding Customs and Marriage

Elizibethan Era

Wedding and Marrige Customs

Marriages were usually arranged by parents because it is said that they have the best interests for you as their child, but even though its an arranged marriage doesn't mean you can't find love in it. It was actually said to be foolish to marry for love and not to the person you are said to marry. The lower on the social scale you are the more choice you have in the matter, and then the higher up you are, your parents probably picked out the person you were going to marry when you were a child. Even if they don't want it everyone expects to marry and have children. With parental permission the legal age for Elizabethan marriages was as follows: it was legal for boys to marry at 14, it was legal for girls to marry at the age of 12
The wedding proccesion. Any bridesmaids help the bride to prepare, then they, the bride, the groom, the families, and all the guests assemble, and go in procession from the house or houses to the church.The bridal procession is generally noisy, accompanied by musicians, laughter, and bawdy jokes. Town councils have been known to complain about the noise and general disorder.If the groom is not part of the procession, he meets the bride either at the side door of the church or at the altar. They all enter at once and stand through the ritual.

They had to have a marriage contract that started with betrothal. At a betrothal, the two people join hands. He gives her a ring to be worn on the right hand. It changes to the left at the wedding.They seal the contract with a kiss, and signatures.If the husband breaks the marriage contract without good cause, he has to give back any tokens or gifts received.

Elizabethans didnt believe in the sybolizim in a ring. The Elizabethans didn’t believe that a ring was actually that important. Most people didn’t even wear their wedding rings while getting portraits done together. They didn’t believe it was sentimental. Puritans disapprove of them as intolerable Romish superstition.Scottish protestants don't use a ring in their ceremonies, and English Puritans resist it furiously.

Elizabethan women were expected to bring a dowry to the marriage. A dowry was an amount of money, goods, and property that the bride would bring to the marriage. It was also referred to as her marriage portion. After marriage Elizabethan women were expected to run the households and provide children. The law gave a husband full rights over his wife. She effectively became his property.

The Average Family back in the Elizabethan era:

Back then the families were a lot different then they are today. The kids were obedient! You know a lot different then they are today. The mothers weren't the dominate person of the house the fathers were, which now it is possible to be the other way around. The fathers were the only ones that worked, which today the women have a opportunity to work. Now today this stuff sound crazy because were really haven't ever thought of it being this way.