Was there such a thing where a woman's family would advertise in the local paper for an eligible bachelor to marry their daughter? If it's a thing, whats it called? (I know my [facebook] ads are going to be all kinds of crazy with the search terms i've been using!) I'm familiar with debutante balls and cotillions, which are formal "coming out [as women of marrying age]" parties. But what if a family could not afford to attend one of these balls? details: I do not have a specific year in mind, just that the setting is between 1920-1930. South (but I gave them French names, so possibly Louisiana). Its for a short story so I haven't gone as in-depth with world building as I have in others.