If love was involved at all it came after the couple had been married.Even if love did not develop through marriage, the couple generally developed a friendship of some sort.Girls were as young as 12 when they married, and boys as young as 17.The arrangement of the marriage was based on monetary worth.Most of the time they didn't even know the man before they were married.Marriage was different in other ways back then too.To marry for love without land or chattels could assure nothing but a life of penury. Not all young people, however, had marriages arranged for them.Some were from poor families who had nothing to negotiate and hence would either not marry or marry whom they pleased.
The prospective bride and groom also had an economic stake in a marriage contract, because it would determine not only who their life partner would be, but also how well they could expect to live.
Nor could a couple be married by someone who had killed someone (Rice).
The church ceremony in the middle ages took place outside the church door before entering the church for a nuptial mass.
In the Medieval Times, however, marriage was quite different.
Women didn't have a choice as to who they would marry.