Before every wedding, in Pilgrim times, the Banns were read. This amounts to a notice that announced the wedding and called for examinations of the bride and groom’s character.
“I, William Braford, publish the Banns of marriage between Edward Bangs of New Plimoth and Lydia Hicks of New Plimoth. If any know cause or just impedement, why these two persons should not be joined in Matrimony, ye are to declare it.”
Today, Robert and Margaret Hickes request the honor of your presence at the wedding of their daughter Lydia Hickes to Edward Bangs. The mock-ceremony will be held in the English Village at 2:30 in the afternoon. However, visitors are invited to join the festivities all day long, from decorating the bridal chamber to merrymaking at the Bride-ale (wedding feast). Also, meet Native wedding guests, who have traveled to New Plimoth to show their support for the new couple.