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Medieval and Renaissance Marriage Customs

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Brianna Trent

on 6 February 2013

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The tradition of hand-fasting included the couple’s hands being tied together to be a sign of spending the rest of their lives together.
Entertainment was provided by court jesters, jugglers, and minstrels. Other wedding traditions. Rice was thrown to represent fertility and good luck to the couple.
The garter was thrown to signify faithfulness.
Both traditions still embody the same meanings today. Similarities between today’s weddings and those of the Renaissance. Apples were the most common fruit at the time.
Wine was the dominant beverage.
Peacock, quail, mutton, and roasted boar were the meats.
Cabbage, onions, asparagus, and cardoons were common vegetables. Describe what foods might be served at a wedding feast. Couples usually married to have children.
Wealthy citizens married to increase their nobility.
Merchants married when they were in love. What was the goal of a Renaissance wedding? When a couple was betrothed, they were engaged.
Betrothals lasted about 40 days before the wedding ceremony.
The swapped rings and kisses during this time.
Dowry was given by the groom during the betrothal. What is a betrothal? The average age for the bride was 19-24 years old.
Approximately 75% of women were married before they were 19 years old.
Grooms were usually 33-38 years old. What was the common age for marriage? Marriage contracts forced the groom to give money (dowry) to his bride’s family.
If the groom tried to abandon his bride, he had to pay four times the original dowry. Why were marriage contracts arranged? Wedding ceremonies took place in the bride’s home.
Wealthy couples had there wedding in castles.
As the Catholic Church took over, weddings were often held in a chapel or in front of the church door. Where did marriages take place during the Middle Ages? Brianna Trent
Cassidy Roller Medieval and Renaissance Marriage Customs Works Referenced Each guest brought one tier of cake that would be stacked at the wedding.
If the newlyweds could kiss over the top of the cake, it indicated good luck. The Cake! The bride typically wore a rented velvet dress.
The dress normally would not be white. This style did not become popular until the 1800s.
The groom would wear a padded jacket and collared shirt.
The guests wore colorful, festive clothing. Describe the common wedding attire during this period. The priest of the Catholic Church married the couple. Who performed the marriage ceremony?
1. True or False: White wedding dresses originated in this time period.
FALSE QUIZ QUESTIONS: 2. The ________ brought tiers of the wedding cake to the ceremony.
GUESTS 3. Which of the following was NOT part of the entertainment at a wedding ceremony?

A. Jesters
B. Movie
C. Jugglers
D. Minstrels
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