Dating and marriage in colonial times
In fact, the earliest weddings barely resemble those celebrated by today's brides and grooms.Western marriage traditions date back to Ancient Greece and Rome, where marriage was much more of a legal contract than a romantic endeavor.
Not only did Quakers need consent for marriage from both sets of parents, they sought the permission of the whole Quaker community as well. Marriage in the Ancient World In the Western world (and generally speaking) before imperial Rome, girls were deemed sufficiently mature for marriage and sex when they first started menstruation (and boys, by the way, when they developed pubic hair). By the end of the empire, the age of consent for girls had been well settled, as the “official” age of reaching puberty was set at 12. In fact, the lowest median age of first marriage since the early 1700s was had by the baby boom generation, where the age dropped to 20.5 years in 1950. Marriage was relatively unregulated by the state then, and instead was seen as a private family matter, so it is presumed these boundaries were flexible. [and] that the girl must in every case be at least ten years old at her betrothal . Medieval Marriage The Catholic Church had rules for just about everything during the Middle Ages, and one of its most authoritative texts was the Decretum Gratiani. Marriage Age Today As of 2010, the median age of first marriage for women was 26.1 (28.2 for men), although research demonstrates that “marriage is most often delayed rather than foregone,” and although they may wait awhile, “more than 90 percent of women will eventually marry.” Researchers note that the median age in 2010 was 3.4 years higher than in 1900, and opine that this “likely reflects the change in women’s status in society – as women are pursing education and careers before marriage . This meant they needed to have a large population of diverse families, since they also prohibited marriages between blood relations.This included cousins up to the fourth degree removed.Quaker customs encouraged marriage within their own population and often disowned or banished those who decided to marry outside of the faith.
The culture of the colonial Quaker society aimed to maintain a tight knit spiritual community, so they encouraged Quaker matches in the hopes of growing that community.
Throughout Western history, marriage has existed as an important social contract and cultural event.
However, weddings and the institution of marriage have changed dramatically since ancient times.
(Of course, I go back a long way, to a time when there were streetcars going up and down Broadway.
I could buy a milkshake for a All the telephones were black.) It was common, around that time, for men and women to meet at parties or at dances.
Such a rule did not hold in my time, at least not among the people I knew. The only women any of us ever saw were women that were dating our friends.