An illustration of a betrothal party. Betrothal is a formal state of engagement to be married. Historically betrothal was a formal contract, blessed or officiated by a religious authority. Betrothal is no longer common beyond some Arab cultures, in Judaism and in Islam.
Henry Blackburn Randolph Caldecott, A Personal Memoir (London, England: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, Limited, 1889)