Wedding Ceremonies for Nobles and Peasants

For noble classes arranged marriages would be decided when the future bride and groom were very young, often when they were 10 or 11 years old. The wedding day, held 5 to 6 years later would be their first meeting. Love was rarely and issue as marriage meant sharing a lord's property or a noble name. The most important goal of marriage between nobles was continued success and the acquisition of wealth.

Minstrels, jugglers and other entertainers would add to the wedding day's celebration with. The manor's inhabitants would attend along with other nobles and the families' distant relatives. The castle lord might mark the occasion by freeing prisoners, and after the feast beggars would gather at the gates to receive leftover food.

Just as with the higher classes, marriage among the poor were also matters of business. Arranged marriages were common, but many weddings among lower classes were often the result of pregnancy. Betrothal ceremonies would take place at the house of the bride and the village would gather to celebrate the day, and perhaps give the couple gifts of wooden utensils or other tools.

After "robbing" local village men of a possible wife, tradition dictated that grooms would buy a round of drinks for the denied suitors. These men, in return, would often organize a mock serenades.