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MEDIEVAL MARRIAGE CUSTOMS. AGE IS BUT A NUMBER  The groom was usually a lot older than the bride!  More than ¾ of the Medieval population was married.

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1 MEDIEVAL MARRIAGE CUSTOMS

2 AGE IS BUT A NUMBER  The groom was usually a lot older than the bride!  More than ¾ of the Medieval population was married before they were 19, so it was very rare to not be married by 24 years of age.  Nobles who married usually had arranged marriages. The bride and groom were decided as young as the age of 10 and wouldn’t meet until their wedding day years later.

3 BENEFITS OF MARRIAGE  Land  Inheritance  Chattels  The family of the bride gave a dowry to the groom-to-be that stayed with him forever.  If one did not have money, they would either remain celibate or marry someone they actually thought was hot.

4 BRIDES CLOTHING  Dresses could be any color.  Women wore garters.  Women wore precious stones to portray things such as personal characteristics, beliefs, and hopes.

5 MORE ON APPEARANCE  On their wedding day, brides wore their hair down.  The groom and bride both wore a band of blue ribbon because it was a symbol of purity.  The entirety of a woman’s face was painted with cosmetics for her wedding day and many lightened their hair by sun-bleaching it.

6 SIMILARITIES TO MARRIAGES OF TODAY  Posted a wedding notice on the door.  Wedding wording very similar to what is used today  Ring exchange  Use of same finger for ring

7 WEDDING TERMINATION  Could only divorce for 3 reasons:  Not of legal age (12 for girls, 14 for boys)  One of them was not Christian  If the woman(only the woman!) was incapable of sexual relations.

8 WORKS CITED  Medieval-weddings.net  bride-dressing.jpg bride-dressing.jpg  


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