Ages amish start dating

At this time the young woman tells her family about her plans to marry.

A whirlwind of activity begins after Fast Day on October 11.

These events are only open to young singles and are the equivalent of a teen dance. Unmarried Amish choose their own husbands/wives, and the woman is very much involved in the process.

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Joining the church prepares the young people for the seriousness of setting up their own home.

The young man asks his girl to marry him, but he does not give her a diamond. The couple keeps their intentions secret until July or August.

But several definite steps must be taken by a couple before they may marry. They are baptized into the Amish faith and are responsible for following the Ordnung.

The Ordnung is a written and unwritten set of rules for daily living.

Sixteen is the age when courtship begins, but couples will likely be 20 or older when they marry. Although it is obvious to all when a couple becomes serious, the intent to wed is kept secret until July or August.

The man will give the woman a practical gift (no jewelry), and the woman will inform her family.

The man is out extending personal invitations to the guests. The wedding service lasts for many hours, at the end of which the minister questions the bride and groom, and then extends his blessing.

The feasting begins and continues well into darkness.

Two weeks after fall communion, those couples who have provided the proper credentials are "published" -- that is, at the end of the Sunday service, the deacon reads the names of the women who intend to marry and the man to whom they will be married. They are at the home of the bride-to-be having a private meal together. The wedding and "reception" take place in the woman's home.

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