German dating and marriage customs
I remember going to a friend's wedding a few years ago in a small village called Caltra near Ballinasloe in East Galway.When the wedding ceremony finished in the church we all headed to the reception in our cars.
One interesting Irish wedding tradition in Donegal was for a man who had identified the woman he wanted to marry.
Up until the arrivals of the Normans in Ireland in the 12th Century, marriage in Ireland was a pretty casual affair.
Couples could marry for one year fixed and either party could withdraw when the year was up.
The buyer could feel insulted if he felt it wasn’t enough.
When a bride entered her new home, by custom her mother-in-law would break a cake of bread over her head, as a token that she would take over as the woman of the house.
When the deal was done, it was common for the seller to give back a certain discretionary amount to the buyer.