Renaissance courtship dating
Some husbands later sold their wives’ wedding dresses; elaborate and colorful clothing would have become unsuitable after a few years of marriage, at which point women were expected to adopt more sober dress.
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A likely match was identified many years before a wedding, perhaps suggested by a broker or influential family connection.
Negotiations between two families were sometimes sealed until the bride reached puberty and a suitable dowry could be amassed.
Marriage not only reflected order, it was a civilizing influence on which the whole of society depended.
Brides, especially in Florence, were typically much younger than grooms.