The arrangement of marriage was done by the children's parents.

In the Middle Ages children were married at a young age.

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If the boy or the girl had taken a monastic or religious vow the marriage was also prohibited.

Sometimes widows or widowers took vows of celibacy on the death of their spouse, and later regretted doing so when they could not remarry.

Nor could a couple be married by someone who had killed someone (Rice).

The church ceremony in the middle ages took place outside the church door before entering the church for a nuptial mass.

Girls were as young as 12 when they married, and boys as young as 17.

The arrangement of the marriage was based on monetary worth.The family of the girl who was to be married gives a dowry,or donation, to the boy she is to marry.The dowry goes with her at the time of the marriage and stays with the boy forever (Renolds).Other reasons which also prohibited marriage, but were not grounds for a divorce, were rape, adultery, and incest.A couple could also not be married during a time of fasting, such as lent or advent.We also carry on some of the same traditions in today's society.