In many cultures, courtship is a component of matchmaking and arranged marriages.
In some practices, a prospective couple's families court, but the couple may not meet face-to-face until their wedding day.
One advantage to an arranged marriage can be that the couple may fully grasp that it will take real effort to establish an emotionally intimate relationship with this stranger, handpicked or not.
The danger in all of these approaches comes when people feel forced to put up a false front for the suitor—or for their own families.
In fact, social science research suggests that, as with many animals, human courtship is more controlled by the female member of the prospective union, while the male works for her approval through solicitous behaviors.
Many Approaches Nature has variations on courting, but usually it begins with the male striving to make a notable presentation to the female.
He may dance, vocalize in a distinctive way, or maybe express a show of aggression.