Marriage Banns

It was obligatory that a upcoming wedding be announced in the church three Sundays a row before the wedding. Then anyone who had a valid reason against the union could protest the same. But over time it became a reason for the bride to receive her presents. It is believed that the second Sunday was set aside for the family and other relatives, while the third Sunday was for friends to visit and bring gifts. They then came to the bride's home. The banns were announced in the bride’s parish.





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