Posted by Lisa on July 18, 1998 at 11:42:29:
In response to Marriage customs, written by Roger V on July 02, 1998 at 23:13:04
hi, I am looking for any sort of history on wedding. Can you help?
] I don't know what the Church of England requires these days, but I do know that an Episcopal (what you call an Anglican in the USA) wedding, with or without the Eucharist being celebrated, can be held at virtually any time of day.
] The modern marriage ceremony has evolved over the centuries into something quite different than it was in Medieval times. In those days, the couple exchanged their marriage vows OUTSIDE the church, usually on the front porch or step. After they excanged vows, everyone went inside for the Nuptial Mass, but I think it differed little from any other Mass, except there were probably special prayers for the newlyweds.
] It is also true that in many (actually most) countries, a religious wedding is not a legal marriage. In most of those countries, a priest or other minister is supposed to require proof that the civil marriage has been conducted, but I do remember a case where someone I knew failed to have a civil marriage in Mexico, but did get married in the church. When he came back to the US, he was in major trouble, because he really wasn't legally married, and his wife was in fact an illegal alien! I honestly don't remember how they got that one fixed....
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