As Christian Ireland developed, different traditions developed around the country.
He went to her house accompanied by a friend and threw his cap into the house when the door was opened.
If the cap was thrown back by the girl, it meant she wasn’t interested.
Later it became common to have the ceremony in the home of the bride, then over it time it changed to marrying on the steps of the church until finally the wedding ceremonies started to be held in the church itself.
Most weddings today in Ireland still take place in a church but there are an increasing number of marriages which take place in a registry office.
The buyer could feel insulted if he felt it wasn’t enough.