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Elizabethan Marriage Customs

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Kenzie Younes

on 14 December 2014

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Transcript of Elizabethan Marriage Customs

Why Were Marriage Contracts Arranged?
Who Performed The Marriage Ceremony?
The person who performed the marriage ceremony was the priest or minister of the church or the marriage service.
The minister announced the couple's marriage three consecutive Sunday's in a row. Giving people time to make an objection against the marriage. This process is called "Crying The Banns". If the marriage is not announced three times, then it was considered to be illegal.
Where Did Marriages Take Place During The Middle Ages?
Marriages took place in multiple places throughout the process.
The wedding ceremony took place in the local church of the bride or groom.
After the wedding ceremony was over, it would have been held at the house of the bride or grooms family.
The families celebrated and wished the bride and groom a long and happy life together.
People belonging to the upper class would have had their weddings held in a medieval castle.
What Was The Common Age For Marriage?
Depending on the children's age, they either needed permission to marry or didn't need it at all.
With parental permission boys could marry at the age of 14, while girls could marry at the age of 12.
Without parental permission, the couples could be legally married at the age of 21.
Men usually did not get married until they were 21.
What is Betrothal?
Part of Speech: Noun
Synonym: Engagement

Betrothal: An agreement that two people will be married in the future.

The people getting married are set up and do not arrange it. The bride and groom usually met each other for the first time on their wedding day. Sometimes, the groom was given a picture of the bride before the wedding. The marriage was arranged by the families.
What Was The Goal of a Renaissance Wedding?
The goal of a renaissance wedding for upper class families was to gain financially and obtain their social status.
Families did not really care about the marriage itself, it was all about business and money.
However, the goal of a renaissance wedding for everyone else was out of love and was to produce more.

Common Wedding Attire During The Middle Ages
The bride's dress could be any color or a mixture of different colors. However, later in the Middle Ages the brides started to wear white dresses.
The bride would wear her favourite dress and kirtle (underskirt). The dress was made of cotton or wool. The bride covered most of her body with clothing. The bride was also covered in ribbons and flowers. The bride would also wear her best jewelry. Single ladies were allowed to wear their hair down, how ever married had to cover it.
The groom wore his best clothes with a doublet, breeches, a hose, a neck ruff, and a cod piece. A cloak and a pair of boots could also be worn.
Elizabethan Marriage Customs
Foods Served at a Wedding Feast
Whether families were rich or poor, feasts were always held.
Foreign dishes were served such as roasted peacock, quail, goose, roasted boar, fish, and oysters.
Other things were served such as cheese, fruits, tarts, vegetables, and nuts.
Many drinks were served such as wine, milk, beer, and ale (different type of beer with more alcohol content). Water was not served because it was unclean.
By: Kenzie Younes & Youssef Sherif 10A
Marriage contracts were arranged so both families would benefit from each other. Usually, the families would benefit financially and socially. They would be arranged to bring wealth to the families.
They were also arranged as a form of permission that the couple can reproduce.
William Shakespeare married to Anne Hathaway at the age of 18, therefore needed his father to sign the marriage contract. He wasn't old enough to get married without parental permission.
Elizabethan Weddings and Marriages: http://elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-marriages-and-weddings.htm
Renaissance Wedding Ceremonies: http://www.renaissance-weddings.net
Merriam Webster Online: http://merriam-webster.com/dictionary/betrothal
Nothing But Shakespeare: https://sites.google.com/site/nothingbutshakespeare/marriage-in-eizabethan-times
Elizabethan Wedding Customs: http://william-shakespeare.info/elizabethan-wedding-customs.htm
Marriage in Elizabethan Era:
Renaissance Courtship and Marriage: https://suite.io/lorri-brown/7vg2ad
Renaissance Wedding Feasts: http://www.renaissance-weddings.net/wedding_feasts.htm

Wedding Feast: http://pixgood.com/elizabethan-wedding-feast.html
Church: http://movie-stars.us/travel/london-s-top-10---churches.aspx
Queen Elizabeth & Husband: http://marriageantheroleofwomen.weebly.com
Wedding Dress: http://weddingflowersimagen.blogspot.com/2013/03/elizabethan-wedding-flowers.html
Four People: https://corsetsandcutlasses.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/love-in-elizabethan-times-its-not-for-sissies/
Betrothal: http://elizabethan.org/compendium/76.html
Common Age: https://prezi.com/as6p9fxxbcy1/courtship-and-marriage-customs-hidayat-james/
Minister: http://www.churchmousewebsite.co.uk/Glentworth_wray.htm
Contract: http://www.rooksbridge.org.uk/parishpoor.htm
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