There were several more or less formal ceremonies to choose from (partly interchangeable, but sometimes with different legal ramifications) as well as informal arrangements.
It was relatively common for couples to cohabit with no ceremony; cohabiting for a moderate period of time was sufficient to make it a marriage.
My very smart friend from law school, Anna Lund (LLB, LLM, PHD Candidate) tweeted an interesting article by Penelope Graham: “The Cost of Love in Canada 2015: $50,339.21”.
The article breaks down the cost of a romance in Canada: one year of dating, one year of engagement, a wedding and a honeymoon = $50,339.21. Naturally, the first thing I thought about is: what is the cost of divorce in Canada?
A 2008 poll in the UK showed that 51% of respondents incorrectly believed that cohabitants had the same rights as married couples.