If the boy or the girl had taken a monastic or religious vow the marriage was also prohibited.
Sometimes widows or widowers took vows of celibacy on the death of their spouse, and later regretted doing so when they could not remarry.
The notice stated who was to be married, and if anyone knew any reasons the two could not marry they were to come forward with the reason.
If the reason were a valid one the wedding would be prohibited (Rice).
Family and friends played a major role in arranging marriages, especially if land and other wealth accompanied the union.
The parents and siblings in the families had a concern in the marriage, and the lord also wished to keep some accounting of village marrieages.
Women were not allowed to choose who they wanted to marry.
Even if love did not develop through marriage, the couple generally developed a friendship of some sort.
Marriage is a serious commitment, one that isn't taken lightly for most people.
One wouldn't likely marry a stranger they just met for instance.
In the Medieval Times, however, marriage was quite different.
Women didn't have a choice as to who they would marry.