Frequently the tribe from which a warrior stole a bride would come looking for her, and it was necessary for the warrior and his new wife to go into hiding to avoid being discovered.
According to an old French custom, as the moon went through all its phases the couple drank a brew called metheglin, which was made from honey. Arranged marriages were the norm, primarily business relationships born out of the desire and/or need for property, monetary or political alliances.
If you are familiar with computer programming terminology, you can liken dating to a sub-routine that has been added to the system of courtship.
And long before the days of shows like "The Bachelor," 1965 brought us "The Dating Game," the forerunner in TV dating shows for singles.
“It was a magic formula because, here you have a woman picking from three guys, so at home everybody's saying, “Oh, she's gotta take that number two, he's so handsome." The fact that women were making choices was a total different thing for dating,” said Jim Lange, host of the show until it went off the air in 1980.
“The Dating Game was perfect for it's time.” The free-wheeling 1970s made shows like the dating game seem downright chaste.
No one felt the need for a marriage license to have sex and the pick-up scene at bars stayed in full swing throughout the next decade.
The 1960s brought feminist freedom and the birth control pill. In that same era, dating services found their way on to the scene.