The 24 Stages from Courtship to Marriage

Modern courtship bears little resemblance to the rituals that traditionally led to marriage in most countries in the past. Technology and economics have changed the rules, the expectations, and the rituals leading to marriage.

I discovered this very cool set of twenty-five hand-tinted stereographs showing the various stages from courting to marriage.

Check out the twist on the third date – we’ve come along way baby!

There is no date given on the cards, but they are most likely from the late 19th century. The images might assist a bride who is looking for a vintage wedding ceremony theme.

Unfortunately, the eleventh card is missing from the uploaded set – perhaps a wedding night come early, and the resulting card is too hot for public in the 19th century.

1. The Bashful Lover Makes His First Call
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2. Second Call. Improvement on Call No. 1
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3. Third Call. Mother Wants to Know if He is Coming
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4. Waiting for Him04

5. One O’clock in the Morning
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6. Half Past One in the Morning06

7. A Quarter to Two in the Morning
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8. The Proposal
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9. Showing the Engagement Ring
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10. My Wife To-morrow
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11. Wedding Night (Unfortunately this card is missing)

12. Decorating for the Wedding12

13. The Bridesmaids Ready for the Ceremony
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14. The Bride Ready for the Ceremony
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15. The Wedding March
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16. The Wedding
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17. Placing the Wedding Ring
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18. The Blessing
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19. The Bridegroom’s Kiss
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20. The Mother’s Kiss
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21. The Father’s Congratulations
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22. Alone at Last
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23. Married and Settled
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24. “I Just Knew It Would Be a Boy”
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