In the Regent's case, he had never met the cousin he wed until the actual wedding ceremony. He turned to the peer who had brought her from Germany and said, "Harris, I am not well; pray get me a glass of brandy." Love matches were definitely the norm in the Regency but were not the same as today's.
A significant difference in so-called love matches was that the upper class had to pick potential spouses from a select pool.
With the dawn of the sexual revolution in the 1960s, women claimed their own night of "farewell-to-singlehood" revelry.
Soon after Will and Kate's engagement was announced, officials from Buckingham Palace said the Queen was "absolutely delighted" for the couple, which can only mean she approved of Will's choice.
What began as a dinner party in Ancient Sparta has evolved into a party thrown in honor of a bachelor's soon-to-be-lost single status.
Aristocrats wed other aristocrats or persons who shared their social sphere.
A title holder could (but rarely did) marry beneath him. Younger aristocratic sons, however, could be cut off completely if they married a woman from the lower classes.