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to give herself over to her new husband. Therefore, the groom would gently lift her up and carry her into the bridal chamber. Although stealing a woman became less acceptable, the fun of the tradition was practiced long afterwards. The abductions became a fun-filled escapade of capturing the bride and whisk- ing her away to a secret location where the bride and groom would hide for 30 days. During that time, a friend or family member would supply the couple with honey wine. When the 30-day time-period was up, it completed the cycle and equaled one honeymoon.


The tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony on the day of the wedding stems from arranged marriages. The fear was that the bride and groom may see each other and have second thoughts about the union. In those days, women were


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