Roman marriage

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  • Two pairs Roman parents would schedule a marriage between their daughter and son. They would chose who their child's marriage for practical reasons such as  business or money. 
  • Sponsalia; the first step was an announcement, which was then followed by a party where the bride and groom exchange presents and then sign a marriage contract.
  • included in the marriage contract was a dowry (dos) which is a gift given to the groom of property, money or even livestock. if there was a divorce the dos was returned to prevent the bride suffering from divorce.
  • the night before the wedding the bride would sacrifice her bulla and her childhood toys to the family gods in the lararium.
  • The wedding was held at the brides house and she wore a tunica recta and a palla, her hair was parted into 6 plaits with a spear and on her head she wore a corona and flammeum.
  • Nuptiae; the wedding ceremony started with a sacrifice to the gods then the bride was escorted by a pronuba to an augur where the bride and groom joined right hands. They then traveled back to the grooms house escorted by torches and the bride would recline on a rectus genialis
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