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Should a couple need to marry in haste an alternative, faster, route to legalising a marriage required a Marriage Bond which acted as a contract, security and proof to a Bishop that the issue of a Marriage Licence was lawful.The Marriage Bond was accompanied with a sworn statement that there were no pre-contract.
The age of consent was 21 and boys would generally not marry until this age. Arrangements for weddings would have been with the local church.Just as today a woman's wedding was one of the most important days of her life.The major difference to Elizabethan wedding customs to a modern day Western marriage is that the woman had very little, if any, choice in who her husband might be.The issue of a Marriage Bond would require only one reading of the Banns - thus saving a couple of weeks.Such a Marriage Bond was required by Anne Hathaway and William Shakespeare - Anne was 26 years old and pregnant. People lived in small communities and knew what was happening in common life.
There were no Registry Office marriages or marriages conducted by a Justice of the Peace.