Q. Do the Amish practice arranged marriages or are they free to date and marry whomever like would like?
~ Linda McFarland
A. I don’t know of any time in Amish history that there was ever a practice of having arranged marriages. The Amish are free to date, fall in love, and marry whomever they choose, as long as the person they choose is Amish as well. Most of the time the couple will ask for their parents’ blessing but, with or without it, they are free to marry whomever they want.