Dating and wedding customs in england
Parents could control their children’s ability to marry before the age of twenty-one.Those who disliked their children’s choices might withhold permission or, if the children were of age, leave them out of a will. Young people rarely courted far from their social class, and respected parental opinions most of the time. W[illiam] C[olston] came here and Communicated his intention of waiting on my daughter Lucy.I told him I had long entertained such a Suspicion and really with Pleasure for his Virture and unexceptionable behaviour had long attached my good wishes to him.But as a parent I never took any Liberty with a child but to dissuade where I thought I had reason to do so; but in no instance Whatever to persuade.The groom’s father also was expected to contribute something.
Marriage was the next logical step in life as they sought marriage partners who could support their economic efforts while running their households and raising their children.
November, December, and January were the most popular months in which to marry.
(Hannah Powell married William Drew in November 1776.) Farm obligations were less pressing than during the summer.
A husband and wife can have their marriage blessed in church, whether they got married in the UK or abroad.
For couples who marry abroad, it can be a way of ensuring more family and friends can celebrate the marriage if they were unable to travel to another country for the legal marriage.