The Bride also had to prepare her wedding dress and other appropriate articles of clothing.
In addition it was an ancient custom for the Bride to learn how to make herself physically beautiful for her husband through the application of cosmetics and perfumes.
~ The Ancient Wedding ~ Ancient Hebrew weddings were quite different. The parents of both the Bridegroom and Bride were intimately involved in this process, which could take place long before the couple were of marriageable age.
Then, when the prospective couple came of age, the Bridegroom would go to the father of the prospective Bride to make the necessary arrangements.
She needed to begin collecting those items she would need to run the household once they were fully married and living together.
This would be the trousseau which she would bring to their permanent home once the seven days in the Chuppah had been accomplished.
A cup of wine was poured and the Bridegroom offered it to her.
When the father felt all was in order, he would say to his son; "The hour has come, go and get your Bride." The time span between the Betrothal and the final wedding ceremony was usually about one year.
It could be longer if circumstances demanded, but it was usually not shorter unless the Bride was a widow.
If she accepted the cup, and drank from it, they were officially betrothed.
In the eyes of Hebrew law they were then considered married and only a legal divorce could separate them.