Weddings in Ancient Egypt
In ancient Egypt it seems that young men had the liberty to choose their own brides. Getting married and having children was considered a very important issue although the ceremony was very simple and had no official or religious value. In many cases, however, a written agreement was made.
The bride’s father usually gave a dowry to the groom who bought gifts for the bride and her family before the wedding day. Polygamy was very unusual even if it is known that pharaons had very conspicuous harems.