from When a Jew Celebrates
the Bible and the Talmud there were two separate
ceremonies Connected with marriage. There was the
ceremony of betrothal and the actual marriage. The two ceremonies could be
a year apart. In Betrothal the couple were legally bound
together although the bride lived in her father's house.
They couldn't change their mind's. They would have to get
betrothal ceremony came entire families of both the bride
and the groom and it ended with dancing and feasting and
In the first century C.E. the Sanhedrin changed the marriage contract. In the new contract, the groom only promised to a certain amount for the bride. Ne didn't actually pay the money. Instead, he gave the bride a perutah, the smallest coin at the time as the token of the brides price. The rest of the money had to be paid only if the couple got a divorce.