What were weddings like in days gone by, before diamonds were forever, and the bride always wore white?
Our e-book, Courtship and Marriage, goes into great detail about how weddings were done more than a century ago. Socially acceptable behaviour around engagement varied depending where the happy couple lived. Here is an excerpt.
"It is impossible to lay down any rule as to the proper mode of courtship and proposal. In France it is the business of the parents to settle all preliminaries. In England the young man asks the consent of the parents to pay addresses to their daughter. In (North America) the matter is left almost entirely to the your people.
It seems that circumstances must determine whether courtship may lead to engagement. Thus, a man may begin seriously to court a girl, (sic) but may discover before any promise binds them to each other, that they are entirely unsuited to one another, when he may with perfect propriety and without serious injury to the lady, withdraw his attentions."