Weddings in Castles
Castle Marriage Ceremonies
A medieval wedding day would be a celebration
for the entire village. Minstrels, jugglers and other entertainers
would entertain throngs of well-wishers. The celebratory spirit
would infect everyone in the manor---the castle lord may have
even freed prisoners on this day. Any leftover food would
soon be packed away by beggars who would gather at the gates.
The Middle Age feudal system meant that
wedding celebrations in a castle fairly common. The Catholic
Church often allowed ceremonies to take place outside the
confines of church walls, just as long as the couple later
had a priest bless the union.
Many medieval wedding ceremonies were held
in the open air, but the couple were then required to go to
the Church door to have clergy bless the union before the
wedding party returned to the castle for a marriage feast.
Rings or other precious tokens were exchanged between the
bride and groom, and each would say their vows. As the wedding
party traveled through the streets on the way to castle, villagers
showered the couple with grains of wheat or other seeds to
wish them a large family in the future.