A Brief History of Weddings: Marriage Through the Ages

Hello #realbridebrigade,

Call me nerdy, but I do love to find out about our history & how things have changed over time. I have linked some wonderful articles too. I hope you enjoy reading this one!

Marriage is one of the oldest and most universal institutions in the world.

For centuries, people have been coming together in matrimony to form lifelong partnerships and build families. Despite differences in culture, religion, and tradition, the basic elements of a wedding ceremony have remained relatively unchanged throughout history.

Ancient History

Marriage in ancient civilizations was primarily a matter of politics, property, and social status. In ancient Greece, weddings were arranged by parents and involved the exchange of property and gifts between families. In ancient Rome, weddings were typically grand affairs with feasts and celebration, and the bride was often given in marriage as part of a political alliance.

Medieval Europe

During the medieval period, the Catholic Church became the dominant force in Europe and played a significant role in shaping the institution of marriage. Weddings were held in churches and were presided over by a priest, who blessed the union and performed the sacred vows. The bride and groom exchanged rings, which symbolized their commitment to each other.

The Renaissance and Reformation

During the Renaissance and Reformation, weddings became more elaborate and romantic, reflecting the growing interest in love and personal relationships. The bride and groom exchanged rings and pledged their love for each other in front of witnesses. Wedding ceremonies often included music, poetry, and dance, and the bride was often dressed in a white gown, symbolizing her purity and innocence.

The Modern Era

In the 19th and 20th centuries, the institution of marriage underwent significant changes as women gained more independence and the idea of romantic love became more prevalent. Weddings became more personal and focused on the happiness of the bride and groom, rather than the families they represented.

Today, weddings can range from grand and elaborate affairs to intimate, personal celebrations, but the basic elements of a wedding ceremony remain the same – a couple exchanging vows and rings to commit to a lifetime of love and partnership.

From ancient times to the modern era, the institution of marriage has undergone significant changes, reflecting the changing attitudes and values of society. Despite these changes, the basic elements of a wedding ceremony have remained relatively unchanged, and the idea of two people coming together in love and commitment continues to be celebrated in cultures all over the world. Whether it's a grand celebration or an intimate gathering, a wedding is a time for two people to join together in love and start a new life together.

Until next time...

Samantha Xx

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