" A gypsy wedding took place in a bodega or courtyard. The girls to be married would put on frills, and lots of flowers and lace. Half of the choir would be unmarried girls, virgins...not like the ones today who take seven pills a week and are always "virgins." In the old days, they were real virgins, all beautiful, and in white dresses. On the other side stood the boys, who would invite the girls to dance. Before the wedding, the girl's virginity was tested by older women (from the groom's family) who checked to see that things were intact with a handkerchief wrapped around a finger. This was given to the bridegroom to keep. A wedding would go on for days!"