Marriage was considered more of a business arrangement between the families than a relationship between a man and a woman.Elizabethan law gave men full control over their wives.It is foolish to marry someone because of love even if love may occur sometimes in marriage.The matrimony is arranged by families of the bride and the groom in order for the two sides to benefit from one another. Families of landowners were expected to marry just to augment their land possession.Many couples would meet for the very first time on their wedding day!
Still, successful marriage is not a myth since there were the 2nd Earl of Bedford and his 3rd countess: and 7th Baron and Lady Berkeley.
Just as today a woman's wedding was one of the most important days of her life.
The major difference to Elizabethan wedding customs to a modern day Western marriage is that the woman had very little, if any, choice in who her husband might be.
Marriage in Elizabethan times appeared to be similar to marriages of today, in that some of the traditions have remained constant; however, a closer look reveals many key differences.
For example, it was considered foolish to marry for love, and strangely enough, those who were of lower classes were more likely to have a choice in who they married.