The word wedding comes from the Old English wed, to pledge. Prior to 1100AD most marriages did not include a religious ceremony. A public announcement, kiss and consummation were all that was required. The legal coming of ages for marriage was 12 for a girl and 14 for a boy, although many peasant women did not marry but stayed with her parents or worked for her older brothers in return for food and shelter.
Marriage ceremonies and the celebrations that accompanied them larg