Religion during the Renaissance
The Church of Rome
The Renaissance brought more control over the ceremony and decrees were issued that only marriages performed with a church official present would be declared valid. Nuptial Masses made Sunday the traditional wedding day. The processional would lead the newlyweds into the church. Women would sit on the left side of the church and men sat on the right. The bride would be blessed under a "Pall," a silken cloth traditionally carried by four unmarried persons. The "Bride's Blessing" was only allowed only once in her life and only if the woman was of childbearing age. This blessing has Roman pagan origins, and used to prepare the bride for her new life.
Wedding customs meant agreements or contracts were drawn up describing the rights of both the bride and groom. Medieval marriage ceremonies and celebrations depended largely on the social class of the bride and groom. Inheritance and property were usually two reasons why arranged marriages were contracted.