Wedding & Function
Wedding & Function

Flouncing

A flouncing party was a special party to celebrate the engagement, and establish a formal contract of commitment to marry. It is similar to the nuptial contracts of today, as should one party change their mind about the marriage, the other could lay claim to half their property.

After a flouncing party the couple could no longer be seen talking to other suitors. In China the engagement is taken so seriously that should an engaged man die before the wedding, his intended bride was treated as his widow.