Quaker marriages

Quaker marriages are held as a meeting for worship in the course of which the couple make their declarations. No third person pronounces them "man and wife" because Friends believe that God alone can create such a union. The couple confirm their marriage by signing a certificate, later signed by all those present as witnesses. The precise wording of the declarations has changed over the years, but the essentials have been the same since the 1650s. The couple shown in the tapestry panel represent an early nineteenth century meeting. The photograph is of at Quaker wedding at Tottenham Meeting in 1990.