A betrothal was often a formal ceremony that might be performed in front of a priest at the church door. In most cases, betrothal means to be formally engaged or married.
Marriage custom - With parental permission it was legal for boys to marry at 14 and girls at 12 although it was not usual or traditional for marriages at such young ages. The age of consent was 21 and boys would generally not marry until this age. "Elizabethan Wedding Customs." Elizabethan Wedding Customs. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.
Marriage custom- Once married, the wife came almost totally under the legal and social sway of her husband. Wives had little or no control over their property, nor could they inherit property or title (except in the royal succession), which would pass to their brothers. They were expected to show obedience to their husbands and, indeed, to all their male relatives. Disobedience might be punished by whipping or beatings. While a husband was supposed to show respect for his wife, his mistreatment of her was not uncommon. Men considered women to be weak in mind and body, and so, of necessity, they had to be guided by their husbands. Husbands were masters and rulers of their wives. Medici, Anthony G. "Society and Culture in Shakespeare’s Day." The Facts On File Companion to Shakespeare. William Baker and Kenneth Womack. Vol. 1. New York: Facts on File, 2012. 24-45. Facts On File Library of World Literature. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.
Marriage customs- A bride is not expected to wear a white dress. It can be any fashionable or current color and cut. White as a color for brides does not become entrenched until the 19th century. "More Wedding Customs." Life in Elizabethan England 62: More Wedding Customs. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.