The average age that couples currently get married, in the United States, is between the ages of 25 and 30.
However, this wasn’t always the average age for couples to get married, and in fact, couples used to get married much younger.
You might wonder what the average age of marriage was in the 1600s, and we’ll go over the answer to that and more here.
Surprisingly, the average age that couples married in the 1600s was 25, which is equivalent to what it is currently.
Most people likely believed that the average age of marriage during this time would have been much younger, and it actually was in other parts of the world.
Here are some interesting facts about how marriage has changed over the years as well as other information about marriage in general.
Dating has changed significantly over the centuries, and while dinner and a movie might be a typical date for couples these days, it was different back in the 1600s.
There really was no typical date in the 1600s, and in fact, Americans during this century often didn’t marry for love.
More concerned with money and status, Americans during the 1600s would often only marry someone if it would improve their own financial situation or enable them to gain more power and status.
Although child marriages in the United States are extremely rare these days, there are currently two states in the U.S. that allow girls to marry as young as 12 or 13 and boys as young as 14.
In the states of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, children at these young ages can get married as long as they have both parental and judicial permission.
While most children at the age of 12, 13, and 14 are just becoming interested in the opposite sex and dating, a few actually get married, although most teens that marry are between the ages of 15–17.
Weddings in the 1600s were very similar to how they are during current times.
The only major difference was that most weddings in the 1600s took place in the morning, at any time before noon, and were followed by a huge feast.
Although weddings currently take place at just about any time during the day, they’re still followed by a huge feast, which will likely always be a tradition.
Girls as young as 12 were allowed to marry in Ancient Rome, while boys had to be 14.
Despite 12 being the youngest age that a girl could marry in Ancient Rome, the age at which most girls married was much older, like from their late teens to their early 20s.
Unlike other civilizations during ancient times in which men could sometimes have multiple wives, Rome prided itself on being a monogamous civilization, meaning that its men could only have one wife at a time.
Weddings during Ancient Rome were focused on various religious practices, and the bride and groom were required to wear special clothing.
A couple’s prestige often dictated the type of wedding they would have, and only those of the absolute highest prestige would be entitled to a confarreatio type wedding.
A confarreatio wedding consisted of the bride and groom sharing a cake made from spelt, in addition to other special traditions.
Many people are aware that arranged marriages were and still are an important tradition in many countries, but believe it or not, the United States has also practiced such traditions.
However, whenever marriages were arranged in the United States, they weren’t forced.
If the bride and groom didn’t agree with their parent’s choice for a mate, they could refuse to marry that person and opt to marry someone else.
There were many differences in marriage in Medieval England, and if a married couple decided they no longer wanted to be married, divorce was not an option.
First of all, if a couple engaged in sexual intercourse, then they were considered to be legally married.
Children could also get married as soon as they reached puberty, and there was no parental consent necessary.
In Scotland during the same time, there wasn’t the need for a formal ceremony in order for a couple to be considered legally wed.
As long as they publicly announced that they were married in front of witnesses and proceeded to consummate the marriage, it was a legal, binding marriage.
Many people from England traveled to Scotland so they could get married in this carefree manner.
This tradition only began in 1840, and not numerous centuries ago as many people would believe.
In 1840, Queen Elizabeth started the trend by wearing a beautiful white wedding dress when she wed Prince Albert, and by 1890, wearing white wedding dresses had become the norm.
Even though wedding dress styles have evolved over the years, they’ve remained white as the primary color.
Tiered wedding cakes did not originate until 1882 when Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, married his bride, as he wanted an original and extravagant cake to celebrate his special day.
The placement of pillars between each tier didn’t begin until about 20 years after Prince Leopold’s lavish wedding.
Tiered wedding cakes had been created for weddings prior to Prince Leopold’s, but his was the first to be completely edible, as others in the past weren’t.
There were several reasons why brides failed to wear white wedding dresses before the 19th century.
First of all, many brides didn’t feel that wearing white to get married was practical, and they were also against purchasing an expensive white dress that they would only wear once.
Some brides couldn’t afford fancy dresses and would opt for getting married in less expensive black dresses, but today white wedding dresses come in all price ranges.
In the past, it was uncustomary for a woman getting married a second time to wear a white wedding dress, as she was no longer considered pure or innocent.
However, times have changed and it’s perfectly acceptable and even recommended for a woman to wear a white wedding dress when getting remarried.
However, if you are getting remarried and you don’t feel comfortable wearing a white wedding dress for whatever reason, you can wear any color that you desire.
Since there was no such thing as birth control in the 1600s, women gave birth to an average of 11 children.
It wasn’t uncommon for some women to give birth to more than 20 children, depending on fertility levels, instances of multiples, etc.
Women during these times continued to become pregnant and birth children well into their 40s and until they underwent menopause.
In the 1600s, there were many women who were considered “barren” because they were unable to become pregnant.
These women were often humiliated and made to feel as if they were less of a woman because they were unable to bear children.
Men sometimes divorced their wives if the woman was unable to bear a child because the ability to carry on one’s name was especially important during ancient times.
While artificial insemination originated in the 1850s, it wasn’t very prevalent.
Some women resorted to Chinese medicine, which consisted of acupuncture and herbal tinctures, which has some level of success for many women.
There was also the belief in fertility statues that women placed in their homes, which were supposed to help improve their fertility.
Unlike earlier times, married couples can better control over when, if ever, they become parents.
As a result, the average number of children that married couples these days have is about two or three.
Of course, there are exceptions, and some couples decide that they want six or more children, but this isn’t common.
Many women died during childbirth in the 1600s, either due to unsterile birthing environments which led to fatal infections or other complications, such as blood loss.
Women would typically give birth to a child every year or two.
Poor women gave birth every two years, while rich women gave birth yearly. The reason for this lies in breastfeeding, a practice that wealthy women typically hired poor women to do for them. Without the natural birth control of breastfeeding, it was more likely that wealthy women would get pregnant again sooner.
As you can see, there are a great number of similarities as well as differences in marriage between earlier and current times.
There are many traditions that began many centuries ago that still exist today, while other traditions are no longer practiced.
Regardless of traditions, as long as a couple gets married because they love each other and desire to spend the rest of their lives together, that’s the only thing that matters.