When the groom was able to fulfill all his obligations as written down in the Ketubah and his house/room was finished his father gave permission for the next phase. (As I wrote before the groom didn’t know this date).The groom made all required payments to the bride’s father and all loose ends were taken care off. An (approximate) date for the wedding was set. Again some information leaks out about the pending wedding. Both groom and bride start the final preparations.
Legally obligated bridal price paid to the bride’s father as a compensation for losing a worker for the bride’s family and a compensation for the cost of raising her.
Payment was not always in cash:
Gen 24:53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
1Sam 17:25 And the men of Israel said, Have you seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who kills him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel.
Hos 3:2 So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:
Gen 29:18 …I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.
Luke 22:20 … my blood, which is shed for you.
1Cor 6:20 For you are bought with a price… (blood)
1Pet 1:18 … you were not redeemed with corruptible things…
Rev 5:9 … have redeemed us to God by your blood…
Because the groom didn’t return for a very long time so the bride sometimes started to doubt.
To stay in her memory regularly sent her gifts. See ‘groomsmen’ in the glossary at the start of this book.