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Wedding

Average age of marriage for men was 25-29 and 20-25 for women. Normally groom was older or ever much older than his bride. Sometimes it happened that old man would stand beside his very young bride. Cases of older women getting married also occurred. Men were usually older as they were expected to have an economic status, providing for family. Often it would take years to get parent’s property. Marriage was a contract, method of gaining influence or a way to get proper political allies. Ladies were ignored and often became burden for parents and there were only two other options marriage or monastery.

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Marriage gave the feeling of safety and worth. Love had a little role, parents decided not taking into account any choices of their daughters and sons. Only in second half of XVIII some focus shifted to love but still it didn’t matter. An important character was “matchmaker” not matter what position, this function could only be fullfiled by people with stable position, outgoing, social and good mannered because it was up to him to influence parents decision. Few days after matching, engagement happened called “zrękowiny” – with great party after. During it, all the details about weeding and its date. Wealth people also prepared marriage articles. In XVIII the custom of engagement rings came to Poland. Coming back from the church couple was greeted with bread and salt and oat was thrown on them as a symbol of affluence.
The feast – the basis of cuisine was meat, magnates valued pheasants, fieldfares (rowan and juniper berries eaten by bird gave meat a distinctive flavour), grouse, hazel grouse, capons (specially fattened castrated roosters). Fish carps, salmons, trout and sturgeons. Exotic fruits: lemons, oranges, dactyls, figs, pineapples with juices and compotes. As for desserts ice cream were popular and other fancy desserts so called Wety prepared from candied fruits, sugar and jams. Feast could not be called lordly, there were also oysters, snails, frogs and turtles. People ate and drank a lot and the basic dink was beer. Exquisite dishes included “kapłon w flaszce”, skin was taken from capon and put in big bottle, filled with eggs omelette and then boiled. Popular today potatoes in XVIII century were only part of luxurious menu. When they were first introduce in Poland they were expansive and thought to taste bad and annoying to cook or even unhealthy. Only in XIX century the vegetable was appreciated.