If the couple wanted to hurry up the process, a special license from the bishop would be required.Boys were legal to marry at 14, girls at 12, but this was not usually the case.Marriages were frequently arranged so that both families involved would benefit.Marriages would be arranged to bring prestige or wealth to the family.With the arrival of Valentine’s Day, it’s absolutely natural to think fondly on the romantic days of yore, when Elizabethan couples looked soulfully into each others’ eyes and danced into the sunset. You didn’t marry for love, you married for social standing and to legitimize your children.
Sometimes marriages were conducted as soon as the boy or girl attained the legal age.
Most marriages were arranged so both families would benefit.
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In Elizabethan wedding customs, the woman and the man had no say in their marriages and most the weddings were arranged by their families. The main goal of the marriages was mutual betterment of the families concerned.
Under the circumstances, you will not be surprised that many men and women met each other for the first time on their wedding day!