(also included in the FAQ)

I have written a paper on Medieval & Renaissance Marriage which is available in HTML format or as a Word 7.0 document

Medieval/Renaissance Wedding FAQ:

Organized and compiled by BJ Kuehl for the and newsgroups. Sections of the FAQ are duplicated on other parts of this page. Please email BJ directly with additions or corrections to the FAQ.

Information on Viking Weddings

Gunnora Hallakarva has written a paper on Courtship, Love and Marriage in Viking Scandinavia. Should you wish to use this information for anything other than your own personal research (such as a publishing it in a local SCA newsletter), please contact her for permission.


A ceremony compiled by Joe Bethancourt from various English rites.

Wedding ceremonies from the 1549, 1552, 1559 and 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

An ASCII version of The Liturgy and Diverse Services from the Lorrha ("Stowe") Missal. "This Missal is a translation from a Latin and Gaelic Missal reputedly transcribed at Lorrha Monastery in the Ninth Century. The Lorrha Missal is known as the 'Stowe' Missal due to its acquisition by one of the Dukes of Buckingham for his Stowe Library." [1]

The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Searle, Mark, and Kenneth W. Stevenson. Documents of the Marriage Liturgy. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical P, 1992.
(_The_ book to read for copies of the vows themselves. Includes a Jewish ceremony and a number of Christian liturgies from the Early Middle Ages to the present)

Links to other resources:


Medieval & Renaissance Weddings
(Includes links to some Irish & Scottish sites too)


"Handfasting" is actually the phrase used in Scotland and Northern England to refer to betrothal. The idea that it was a ceremony which bound the couple for a year and a day was introduced by Sir Walter Scott, not exactly the most historically accurate writer. Still, due to the level of interest in this type of ceremony, I have included a few links to sites which deal with modern handfasting rituals.


Food and Feasts

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General Medieval & Renaissance History Sites

Living History Groups

Last updated April 1999

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