Dating and marriage customs in Britain.
Dating usually starts in the teenage years, although some kids at primary school age are now having boy and girl friends from the age of 8 years and upwards.
Traditionally, girls used to wait for the lads to make the first move, but these days equality rules.
In England and Wales people cannot marry if they are aged 16 or 17 and do not have parental consent. (In the UK, the age of sexual consent for women is 16).
In Scotland both parties must be at least 16 years of age (parental consent is not required).
The ceremony of Wedding Superstitions `Marriage` in Britain had a significant development in the Middle Ages when the Church found it necessary to create marriage ceremonies and legislation to make marriage, a legal and binding contract. The ceremony of getting married in Britain in the 21st Century is made up of traditions, folklore and ritual.
Over half the weddings in the UK take place in local register offices and the rest are religious ceremonies of one kind or another. A few years ago changes in the law allowed couples to get married in all sorts of places (known as a civil Wedding Ceremony Wedding Superstitions).
The trend nowadays is to marry later. Many couples are living together first for all sorts of reasons such as finance. People are generally getting married at a later age now and many women do not want to have children immediately. They prefer to concentrate on their jobs and put off having a baby until late thirties.
In the past, people got married and stayed married. Divorce was very difficult, expensive and took a long time. Today, people's views on marriage are changing. Many couples, mostly in their twenties or thirties, live together (cohabit) without getting married. Only about Wedding Superstitions 60% of these couples will eventually get married.
Before the Wedding
Marriage is usually initiated by a proposal of marriage, simply called "a proposal". In a heterosexual relationship, the man traditionally proposes to the woman and the actual proposal often has a ritual quality, involving the presentation of a ring (an engagement ring) and the formalized asking of a question such as "Will you marry me?" The man may even go down on one knee before proposing. If the proposal is accepted, the couple become engaged.
In the UK the 29th of February (in a leap year) is said to be Wedding Superstitions the one day (coming round only once every four years) when a woman can propose to her partner.
It is usual for a couple to be engaged for a while before they get married. An engagement is actually an agreement or promise to marry, and also refers to the time between proposal and marriage. During this period, a couple is said to be affianced, engaged to be married, or simply engaged.
Brides have 'Hen' nights and bridegrooms have 'Stag' parties (similar to bachelor/bachelorette parties).
The Wedding Day
The Marriage Ceremony
During the ceremony the bride and groom make their marriage Wedding Superstitions vows. Marriage vows are promises a couple makes to each other during a wedding ceremony. In Western culture, these promises have traditionally included the notions of affection ("love, comfort, keep"), faithfulness ("forsaking all others"), unconditionality ("for richer or for poorer", "in sickness and in health"), and permanence ("as long as we both shall live", "until death do us part").
Most wedding vows are taken from traditional religious ceremonies, but nowadays in the UK many couples choose touching love poems or lyrics from a love song revised as wedding vows and some couples even choose to write their own vows Wedding Superstitions.
After the vows have been spoken the couple exchange rings. The wedding ring is placed on the third finger of the left hand, also called the "ring" finger. The wedding ring is usually a plain gold ring.
After the wedding ceremony, the bride, groom, officiant, and two witnesses generally go off to a side room to sign the wedding register. Without this the marriage is not legal and a wedding certificate cannot be issued.
After the marriage ceremony the bride and groom are asked to kiss. This is a way of showing they are accepting the contract of marriage. In Wedding Superstitions olden times a kiss, usually on the cheek, was a sign of acceptance of an agreement.
Afterward, guests file out to throw flower petals, confetti, birdseed, or rice (uncooked for obvious reasons) over the newly-married couple for good luck.
The bride stands with her back to all the guests and throws her bouquet over her head to them. Whoever catches the bouquet is the next person to get married.
Finally, a photo session ensues of the couple leaving the church, and everyone has to stand around to form formal groups for the photo album.
Nice Wedding Superstitions Day for a White Wedding
In the past Wednesday was considered the most auspicious day to get married, as shown in this old rhyme, which seems to favour the first half of the week.
Monday for wealth,
Tuesday for health,
Wednesday the best day of all.
Thursday for losses,
Friday for crosses,
Saturday for no luck at all.
Nowadays, most weddings take place on a Saturday, which might account for the rise in divorce rates.
The Western custom of a bride wearing a white wedding dress, came to symbolize purity in the Victorian. In the past the veil was worn to Wedding Superstitions confuse any evil spirits.
There's another rhyme that affects what the bride wears:
Often the bride will wear an heirloom, or maybe carry a family bible or prayer book, the dress of course is usually the something new, and they will borrow something from someone to wear. The something blue can be difficult, but a lot of brides get round this by wearing a blue garter under their dress.
After the wedding ceremony
After the wedding ceremony guests are invited to attend a meal and further celebrations. This is known Wedding Superstitions as the Wedding Reception.
Guests leave presents for the bride and groom on a table in the room where the reception takes place.
During the reception a number of speeches and/or toasts are given in honour of the couple.
Any dancing is commonly started by the bride and groom, usually termed the "Bridal Waltz", but dancing an actual waltz is comparatively rare - often the couple chooses their favourite piece of music or a song.
An arranged dance between the bride and her father is also traditional. Sometimes the groom will cut in halfway through the dance, symbolizing the bride leaving Wedding Superstitions her father and joining her new husband.
It is traditional at weddings to have a special wedding cake at the reception, often with two or more tiers - each tier may be made of a different type of cake to satisfy the tastes of all your wedding guests. It's also customary for the top tier of a three or four tier cake to be kept aside for the christening of the couples first child.
It is considered lucky for the couple to cut the cake together. It symbolizes them working together during their marriage. A tier Wedding Superstitions is usually stored, and eaten by the couple at their first wedding anniversary, or at the christening of their first child. The cake can be frozen and if the top tier of the cake is fruitcake, it can be stored for a long time, because it's so full of sugar (and often alcohol) that it's very well preserved.
People who were invited to the wedding, but were unable to attend are often sent a piece of cake in a small box, as a memento.
One superstition is that unmarried guests should place a piece of wedding Wedding Superstitions cake under their pillow, as it will increase their prospects of finding a partner.
The final tradition is the newly married couple to set off for their honeymoon.
It is traditional for the bride and groom to go away on a holiday, called a Honeymoon, after the wedding has taken place.
Centuries ago it was customary for the Bride and Bridegroom to drink mead made from honey, for a month after the wedding. A month was known as a moon, hence honeymoon.
The Cost of Getting Married in the UK
In 2004 the average wedding in the UK cost £16,000, and prices have risen Wedding Superstitions since then, it now stands at a staggering £18,500. Of course there is no need to get caught up in Competitive Wedding Syndrome, none of it is actually necessary. You can simply get married and live happily ever after.
ü Bride and groom must not meet on the day of the wedding except at the altar.
ü The bride should never wear her complete wedding clothes before the day.
ü For good luck the bride should wear “something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new”.
ü On arriving back home it is traditional for the husband to carry his wife into their Wedding Superstitions new home.