Re: Marriage ceremonies in homes 19th century UK #unitedkingdom

Jill Whitehead

I have noticed a pattern in the incidence of home marriages as opposed to synagogue marriages in my family.  Home marriages seemed to occur under the following circumstances - 1) Poorer members of the family who were being funded by the more prosperous members 2) Family members who had been orphaned, and so did not have a parent to fund a synagogue marriage 3) Family members who had emigrated much later than the main part of the family, and so were not established in the areas they went to.  They also seemed to be more common in certain towns than others. Whether this was a reflection on the cost or availability of a synagogue wedding I do not know, but all my ancestors came over between 1865 and 1875 to Northern England or Scotland, when there were fewer synagogues to choose from.  As soon as they were established, the home weddings receded in favour of those in synagogues, until more secular choices in the 20th century, after WW2.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK 

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