What is Betrothal?
Betrothal is when a person is engaged to another, which was not taken very lightly and the promise was to be made before witnesses. "It was considered a legally binding contract" (Gorgeng 65) if one were to reneged their promise would be prosecuted in court.
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Marriage And Betrothal Customs
There were many customs for marriage that would seem appropriate, such as Green since it was "considered an especially suitable color, especially for the groom" (Gorgen 66) There were many accommodations such as a "bride-lace, a sprig of rosemary tied up in a lace to be worn on the left arm."(Gorgen 66) very common in most marriages, which would be adorned with a feasts.
Spreading The Message Of Marriage
Marriage was a big thing back in the Renaissance and still is to this day, but it's how the information is spread differently that has significantly different. Originally marriage was announced in your parish church every Sunday in the 3 months of the wedding. Also known as wedding banns, if the wedding was not announced prior to the event it would be considered clandestine and illegal.
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Receiving a Dowry
A dowry was a very important part of marriage, a dowry is "a sum of money, property, or a quantity of substantial goods—as part of the marriage arrangements."(Anthony G) This practice would essentially make the bridge become her husbands property, leaving the bride under the sway of her husband.
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The Wedding Ring
A very important and symbolic part of any marriage is the gift of a ring to the bride. The ring would symbolize many more things back then however, not only the commitment of both partners to each other but the wealth of each family as mainly those of the upper/noble class could afford such a delicacy.
Anthony G. Medici The Facts On File Companion to Shakespeare. William Baker and Kenneth Womack. Vol. 1. Facts On File Library of World Literature New York: Facts on File, 2012. p31.