Dating for conception
In some societies, the parents or community propose potential partners and then allow limited dating to determine whether the parties are suited.
In Japan, there is a such type of courtship called Omiai, with similar practices called "Xiangqin" (相親) in the Greater China Area.
This form of dating, though, was usually more chaste than is seen today, since premarital sex was not considered the norm.
The concept of modern dating was initially seen as frustrating and mocked the moralistic values of traditional courtship.
Forbidding experimental and serial courtship and sanctioning only arranged matches is partly a means of guarding the chastity of young people and partly a matter of furthering family interests, which, in such cultures, may be considered more important than individual romantic preferences.
During courtship, a couple get to know each other and decide if there will be an engagement or other such agreement.
The matchmaker and parents will often exert pressure on the couple to decide whether they want to marry or not after a few dates.
Courtship in the Philippines is one known complex form of courtship.
Ivory French casket with scenes of romances – possibly a courtship gift.
Courtship is the systematic process that one undergoes in order to ensure compatibility with a lifelong partner.A courtship may be an informal and private matter between two people or may be a public affair, or a formal arrangement with family approval.