Have you ever wondered about the history of marriage?
Many years ago the process of marriage was simple and straight forward, and in fact, a contract of sorts. Marriage took place in 2 steps:
capture and purchase.
First, the groom would gather his “bridesknights” and ride off together to another village to capture his bride.
Next he would purchase that bride, which included legal contracts involving a bride and her dowry. The bride was sold by her family for land and livestock.
Years later, arranged marriages came about. Arranged marriages united families in an effort to either gain power or change their social status. Single women had no place in society. Sadly, this was not a marriage based on love.
My, how times have changed.
Today we are blessed to have the opportunity to marry the person we fall in love with and live happily ever after!