Marriage in the Victorian Era

by Jen Ziegenfuss

In the Victorian era, marriage was not as romanticized or fairytale-like as depicted in many novels of the time. On the contrary, love actually played a very minor role in the majority of matrimonies that took place. An engagement was entered into as one would approach a business deal, and there were some generally accepted rules and guidelines to follow.

The Rules

The Courtship

Wedding Etiquette

Views on Divorce

Works Cited

“Marriage and Divorce in Victorian England.” Charlotte's Web: A Hypertext on Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. <>.

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Soames, Enoch. “Marriage in the Victorian Era.” The Charlock’s Shade. 18 February 2004. <>

Wells, Richard A. “Manners Culture and Dress of the Best American Society.” King, Richardson, & Co. Publishers. Springfield, MA. 1893. <>.