Living History Lectures ~ Tames Alan

Historical, educational, hysterical. One costumed woman tells you like it WAS.

I Do: Marriage Customs Throughout the Ages

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Have you ever wondered why we throw rice at brides or where we got the

custom of shivaree? Come walk down the marriage aisle and learn where many

of our most-cherished customs originated.


In this entertaining and informative one-hour program on marriage customs, Tames will explore the complex rituals, both ceremonial and civil, of one of life’s most important rites of passage — the finding and binding of a mate. With her vast knowledge of social history, she will bring to life how a bride was chosen — whether for political or poetic reasons — the contract and ceremony, what the bride wore and the guests ate, and the culmination of the event, the ritual of the wedding night itself.