Dating and wedding customs in england
Newspaper headlines scream that marriage is in crisis and on the way out.
Yet the idea that in the past the English were all respectably married could not be further from the truth.
This begs the question why the modern independent woman feels obliged to wear the same attire.
Before the Victorians, English brides were more pragmatic; they simply wore their best gown, which was unlikely to be white and was expected to do many years' service.
Pre-marital sex was a sort of fertility test and pregnancy did not so much precipitate as anticipate the wedding; or, as a Norfolk farmer explained to his vicar, "You would not buy a horse without trying it first".There are different rules if you want to get married or form a civil partnership: There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.Well into the eighteenth century thousands of couples had no idea whether or not they were legally married.Nor did it particularly matter, as long as property and inheritance were not involved.