If, on the other hand, all goes well, the young man, his parents and relatives, visit the girl's father and make a formal demand for her hand in marriage.A day or two later the betrothal is celebrated, when the lover presents his mistress with a wedding and other rings, which must all be returned should the lady prove fickle. Horatio Brown I says that in the province of Udine a jilt must present her former fiance with a pair of shoes, as compensation for the time he has wasted in fruitless courtship.Dating is rare in Afghanistan because most marriages are arranged by parents, and schools are separate for boys and girls.
THE good old custom of "keeping company," as distinct from being formally engaged, obtains among the gondoliers' families at Venice.When a young man finds that a damsel eyes his suit with favour, he informs a friend, and the two don their best clothes and make a ceremonious call upon the girl's father.In due time the house-father (capoccio), who rules the bridegroom's family, demands the girl's hand for his kinsman, and a feast celebrates the conclusion of the business.A curious piece of conventionality hems in the Tuscan maiden. When not dancing, teens gather at local clubs to eat and talk. In Finland, as many as 30 teens may attend a movie together.
Couples often go to dinner parties, barbecues, or the beach. When of age, most boys and girls date in large groups, going out together to weekend dance parties.
The bride's mother and friends followed, on their way to make up the nuptial bed.
Before the wedding-day the Venetian bridegroom must seek out a suitable " best man." This is not always an easy matter, for the duties of that functionary are heavy, and entail no little expense on any one who wishes to acquit himself of the task with eclat.
These become heirlooms and are portioned out to the daughters of the house as they marry.
In many parts of Italy the dowry is brought with great pomp to the bridegroom's house the day before the wedding.
When all is said, Sunday is the only time when the nuptial knot can be tied with any prospect of future happiness for the bridal pair.