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Marriage/Engagement in the 1910s

I'm writing a story which involves an engagement circa 1917/1918. I've tried googling "Edwardian marriage customs" and "Edwardian engagement" as well as "Edwardian society," "1910s marriage customs," "1910s engagement," and "1910s society" but I can't seem to find anything that isn't about life within marriage rather than life beforehand. I'm wondering a couple different things:
  • How, first of all, would people tend to meet each other? As far as I can tell, the 1910s were sort of like the period of limbo in-between strictness and utter looseness, so their options are fairly open--but my instinct doesn't mean much. For the record, the people in question are probably upper-middle-class like, though that isn't set in stone.

  • What would be the proper procedure for arranging to marry someone around this time? Would you have to ask for the father's permission and all that still, or is it more open?

  • What sort of social limitations were there for an engaged couple versus a married one? I'm talking time spent alone, cohabitation--any of that stuff will help loads.
Any information related but not specifically asked about is also welcomed. Thanks!

Edit: yeah, this is a UK setting. Thanks for all the help so far.
Edit #2: for those who mentioned the issue of WWI--I figured that would probably make it harder to make the situation realistic, so if the time I originally thought of setting this in means "all bets are off" then I'll change it to late 1900s/early 1910s, before the ordeal officially starts. I want to avoid dealing with the whole wartime aspect as much as I possibly can and this seems to be the only way.
Tags: 1910-1919, uk: history (misc), ~marriage
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