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Things I am curious about with respect to medieval weddings

  • What are the wedding colours in different cultures? red? white? black?
  • Who ran the ceremony? The priest? The groom? The father of the bride? The lord of the groom?
  • Was the lord of the couple actually invited? Who else was invited?
  • Did everyone give gifts?
  • What differences were there between weddings at the various levels of society, e.g. peasant wedding, middle-class wedding, wedding of nobility?
  • Was there a separation between ceremony and feast or were they one and the same?

I realise that this differed over cultures but I imagine that there will be various elements that are not quite maintained today, or are still used but had a different importance/symbolism in period.

- Cian Gillebhrath 09:41, 27 October 2006 (EST)

I seem to recall that medieval marriages were less formalised and the church aspects were only requirements from a later 16th/17century edict. I shall have to find the book I was reading that mentioned it.--User 144 10:09, 27 October 2006 (EST)