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Old 07-08-2007, 12:31 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by iamback View Post
There is a legal minimum and maximum period between "ondertrouw" and the actual marriage date although municipalities may set their own (stricter) rules. This period is intended to verify that all legal requirements for the intended marriage are met.
I wonder if there's some connection between 'onderterouw' and the English 'betrothal'?

I can't find any reference, but it used to be the case that the act of "ondertrouw" would be posted publicly so anyone knowing of any (legal) obstructions for the marriage could come forward. This is what the "banning" in my mind refers to.
Yes, that's always been the connection in my mind between 'banns' and 'ban', too.

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