Male settlers came by themselves and when they needed wives, the French crown sent over women by the shipload.
When the ship arrived at the port, men would meet their brides and become engaged, if not married on the spot.
The point is, a marriage is a joining of two families as well as two young people.
The betrothal could consist of a simple announcement, much like an engagement party, or something more complex like a partial marriage ceremony with the exchange of rings, a ceremonial kiss and a meal.
Tie adjusted, box and bouquet retrieved, he clears his throat again. No, he’s getting ready for the culmination of months of planning, supervised outings, amiable family dinners, walks in the park with the young lady, conversation in a parlor warmed by an autumn fire and, lastly, a brief, but serious chat with the young woman’s father. Within the confines of courting, appropriate one-on-one dating played an important role; two people of marriageable age got to know one another better, their personalities, interests and so forth, before they made a more serious decision regarding marriage.
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Often following the betrothal were a few weeks to a few years of courting or dating.
In some cases, however, the first meeting of the couple might be the very day of the wedding.