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Elizabethan Weddings


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Elizabethan Weddings

  1. 1. Elizabethan Weddings<br />By: Sidney H. and Kendall P.<br />
  2. 2. Origin of Roman traditions<br />Tiered cakes origin of late Middle Ages<br />Guests brought cakes, then were stacked on top of each other<br />Bride and Groom tried to kiss over the top without toppling then over.<br />Wedding Cakes<br />
  3. 3. Women had no choice, parents chose<br />Arranged to bring prestige or wealth to their family<br />Most couples met for the first time on their wedding day<br />Women were taught that they were subservient to men<br />Arranged Marriages<br />
  4. 4. Brides are not expected to wear white dresses<br />Wedding dresses became part of a women’s ordinary wardrobe after the wedding<br />Brides father paid for the wedding festivities<br />Dowry is the amount of goods and money the bride brings to the marriage<br />Marriage Customs<br />
  5. 5. Groom gives the ring on her right hand, and switches to her left on the wedding day<br />With parental permission boys could wed at 14 and girls at 12<br />The common age for marriage is 25-26 for men and 23 for women<br />When the couple is young bride moves in with grooms family<br />The Betrothal<br />
  6. 6. Ring was worn on the ring finger of the left hand<br />It was believed that a vein in the ring finger led directly to the heart<br />Poor people went without a ring, unless one was passed down through the family<br />the ring had no universal or sentimental value <br />Wedding Ring<br />
  7. 7. Engagement has to be announced 3 times in the church<br />If couple attend separate church it’s announced in both<br />Any marriage not published before-hand is considered illegal<br />No formal invitation<br />News spread by telling friends and relatives<br />Announcing Marriage<br />
  8. 8. Bridesmaids helped bride get ready<br />Procession is noisy, usually has musicians<br />Groom is not part of the event<br />Bridal procession all stood through the service<br />Anyone can attend the wedding if space is available<br />Bridal Procession <br />
  9. 9. Flowers should be rich, darker colors<br />Bouquets should be large, overflowing, and hand tied<br />Should include wheat which symbolizes fertility<br />Use of various herbs was significant to your health and destiny <br />Wedding Bouquets<br />
  10. 10. William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway were married in the small England town of Temple Grafton<br />Anne was pregnant prior to marriage<br />Their intent to marry had to be announced at church 3 Sundays in a row to ensure nobody objected<br />They lived with William’s parents after marriage.<br />Shakespeare’s Wedding<br />
  11. 11. Works Cited<br />Renaissance Marriage Ceremonies,, N.p., 2001. Web. 28 Apr. 2010.<br />Life in Elizabethan England, MaggiRos, 25 Mar. 2008. Web. 28 Apr. 2010.<br />“The Medieval Wedding”, How to Cook Medieval & Renaissance Wedding Feasts . Jill Kimble, 2000. Web. 7 May 2010.<br />