From the bride tossing her bouquet to wearing something old, new, borrowed , and blue, American wedding customs are still so popular today that even the most non-traditional couples happily take part. Why tempt fate and start off your new marriage with anything other than good luck vibes? But Americans don't have a monopoly on such rituals—pretty much every other country and culture also has its own beloved wedding customs. Some are sweet, like how wedding guests in Sweden kiss the bride or groom anytime their new spouse leaves the room. Some are perplexing: Couples in the Congo , for example, are forbidden to smile on their wedding day. And some are seemingly strange, such as the way engaged pairs in Mongolia must kill and butcher a chicken to find a healthy liver before being allowed to wed.
Romance Through the Ages
Wooing and Wedding: Courtship and Marriage in Early Modern England | Folger Shakespeare Library
In the Medieval times, marriage was quite different than today. Women didn't have a choice as to who they would marry and, most of the time, women didn't even know the man before they wed. However, men were sometimes able to choose their bride. Marriage back then was not based on love; most marriages were political arrangements. Husbands and wives were generally strangers until they first met.
Dating and Marriage
Her reign over Great Britain and Ireland set a stricter moral tone for much of European and American society. Because of this, courtship was an extremely codified affair. Women of the middle and upper classes were expected to conform to the sentimental idealization promoted by the literature and art of the time. Even the fashions of the day, like tight corsets and hoop skirts, symbolized the rigid structure women were expected to live within. Maintaining a spotless reputation was essential for both men and women, and once each was of marriageable age, there was a timetable and script to follow to matrimony.
Speaking about dating culture in European countries, surely we can't just left out Turkey. As the youngest member of the European Union, Turkey has slightly different value and culture than any other European countries. Being not wholly modernized, their conservative culture still going strong on the countryside. However, in its modern country such an Istanbul, we can see little piece of Europe in there. Still, Turkey has its own customs and tradition when it comes to dating, courtship, and marriage.