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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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