Among the higher classes, the size of the bride's dowry was an important factor, and could be negotiated by the prospective groom.
Elizabethan Era Index Disobedience was seen as a crime against their religion.
Many couples would meet for the very first time on their wedding day.
This particular Elizabethan custom usually applied to the nobility but the married or religious life were the only real options for the Elizabethans a career for a woman was absolutely unheard of.
Marriages could also be arranged to cement political alliances, a typical practice among nobility.
Arranged marriages were also common among the lower classes, with parents arranging unions for their children with the offspring of friends and neighbours.