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Choosing a Church to the Big Day. Victorian Weddings.

benny1982

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Out of curiosity, how long did it take to arrange a Victorian wedding from viewing a church to the actual big day?

I know that one months residence was required for at least one of them but say for example you lived in London and wanted to marry. Before the months residence, it would probably have taken a while to book dates, banns and such but how long do you roughly estimate from viewing a church to the big day? Would a wedding in a city take london due to more people?

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Hi Ben have a look at this website, but it wasn't for the poor,
only wealthy victorians sorry wrong web address I will look again.
 
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Very interesting site. If you count all that, I would imagine it took maybe 2 or 3 months perhaps? Esp if they planned a summer wedding in the spring.

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Ben - if you are interested in this era for weddings try a search engine. I only know a bit about poor people & I think it could be done in 3wks.there was also a special license, not too sure about this though. If people were not living in the parish they were getting married in they could leave a suitcase with someone who was or even pay someone to look after a suitcase for them, this then covered the banns period as they had a local address they could use.
 

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Most of mine married by banns. I think the banns took 3 weeks to read but say if a Victorian couple wed in July for instance, they must have probably been viewing a church in say May time?

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Just a quick point to remember is that people generally married in the bride's parish. Obviously though there are exceptions to every rule :)
 

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The actual wedding process took several weeks but before that it must have taken some organising before even approaching the vicar.

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