Springtime Is The Time For Weddings

By | March 29, 2019

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MAY 10: Alexis Preston poses before her wedding ceremony. Source: (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

In the photo above: “Disney Royal Wedding: Alexis Preston poses before her wedding ceremony at Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World Resort on May 10, 2018, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Late last summer, Alexis Preston and Jay Patel's wedding plans were washed away by Hurricane Harvey which left their Houston home flooded, ruined their car and put their dreams on hold. In honor of the upcoming royal nuptials of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings and ABC's Good Morning America teamed up on a national search for a couple worthy of a wedding with all the royal trappings. Alexis and Jay, exuberant Disney fans who got engaged at Cinderella's Royal Table and dreamed of getting married in the Magic Kingdom, were selected from more than 2,500 couples for a regal wedding fit for royalty.”

Spring is usually when couples in love are ready to take the plunge. There is something about the atmosphere of spring that brings out those warm feelings. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the beauty of nature simply takes over and replaces the cold dreary winter.

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Medieval Wedding. Source: (history-behind-game-of-thrones.com)

There are many styles and wedding customs that vary from country to country and from century to century. The time and place in history a couple lived could affect how they got married. At times it would be completely for the sake of love, but in many cultures, it had nothing to do with love but was pre-arranged by family or of necessity.

Medieval Weddings

Medieval marriages were quite complex. While it may have been easy to get married, there were problems that could arise if one or the other of the couple needed to prove that they were actually married or even to stay married. As there were no set laws yet regarding marriage, all it took was just two people vowing their love to each other. It was not necessary to be married in a church, or even in front of a priest or witnesses. They did not even have to have the permission of their parents, even as young as 12 or 14 years old. According to the church in those days, there were certain expectations that were encouraged on the proper way for a couple to be married. Certain practices were definitely frowned upon like intermarrying between classes or marrying a relative, even a very distant relative. Before laws were put in place regarding marriage, there was quite a bit of confusion as to who was actually married and who was not.