Wedding Customs and Marriage
Wedding and Marrige Customs
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:
The fathers weren't really that much different back then. They were the dominate person of the house, they would control the wife and the kids. They would always want to get married and if they didn't they would at least want people to acknowledge that they want too. They were not always the boss of the house, they are also not the only one that are supposed to work in these generations.
The children were treated terrible back then. Their role was to act like a subservience. They were super obedient (they would listen to their parents). Kids now-a-days don't around the age of 15 or 16 don't listen like at all it is starting to get ridiculous. They would play with toys that are a lot different than ours today.
The mothers were treated a little differently back then. They were not as dominate as they are today. They would listen to their husbands, but in these days they can sometimes be the dominate person of the house. They would usually stay at the house and watch the kids, and they would act as a subservience like the kids and the parents. They were also always expected to get married. Which they are not always expected to get married in this generation.