Marriage in Medieval TimesMarriage in Medieval Times were truly a family affair.  Marriage was a part of family financial and social planning.  Families carefully planned marriages for economic and social enhancement. Women did not have choices in choosing a partner. In many instances the bride met her future husband at the wedding ceremony. Brides and grooms were generally strangers. In a very few cases grooms were able to choose their brides. Arrangements were made by the couple’s parents. Brides married at about 12 years of age and groom’s about 17 years of age.

After the marriages were arranged wedding notices were posted on the church door. This was a notification to the public to ensure that there were no grounds prohibiting the marriage. If valid reasons was given the church could prohibit the marriage. During the church ceremony the man stood on the right side of the bride. The bible states, "Eve was from Adam’s left rib." Ring were exchanged. Rings were put on fourth finger of left hands. From Roman times, left ring finger believed to have direct connection to heart. Placement on fourth finger a symbol of love.  After the wedding there was a large feast. At the feast the bride is seated on the left side of the groom. As well as, the wedding rings placed on the fourth fingers of left hand.

Medieval wedding traditions that are carried on today. Presently there are a few changes. Except, there is one major change.  In the western world marriages are not arranged and people marry for love.


Marriage in Medieval Times.