those days, the taste for fancy dress was not widespread in our
rural areas. A solid black dress of ordinary material, a kerchief
instead of a shawl on the shoulders, a coif or cap, either with
or without lace, wooden shoes with pretty straps, one or two
silver rings which acquired significance in the eyes of our young
newlyweds when the priest had blessed them--this constituted
the wedding atire of our pretty country girls."
I was accompanied
by about thirty young men, chosen from among my Paris friends.
. . As we arrived at the brides house, preceded by two fiddlers,
young boys observed our ancient custom by firing a volley of
pistol shots into the air. They did the same as we entered and
as we left the church"
Nadaud in Traugott, p240)
"A day was
chosen for the celebration of the marriage, and the two families
were notified . . . We had arranged with the mayor and the priest
the respective hours at which we would present ourselves before
them. The agreement was that we would be married in a civil ceremony
at 7pm, followed by a family dinner, after which we would all
go to the chapel to receive the nuptial blessing.
Bede in Traugott, p58)