Dating engagement and marriage customs from the 16th century

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Selecting the Wedding Date: the boy's family asked the fortune-teller to choose a date according to the astrological book when it would be proper and propitious to hold the wedding ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony: the wedding ceremony began with the groom and his party meeting the bride in her home.

Conditions that should be taken into consideration included wealth and social status.

A set of marriage custom has been passed down and is still in used today.

The Chinese zodiac would be surely taken into consideration.

Presenting Betrothal Gifts: if the match was predicted to be auspicious, the matchmaker would take gifts to the girl's parents and tell them that the process could continue.

Then the new couple would go to their bridal chamber and guests would be treated to a feast.

Wine should be poured to the brim of a cup but must not spill over.

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