Wedlock is the state of being married, or it can mean matrimony.
Wedlock should not be confused with the phrase 'out of wedlock' which means that something has taken place or one or more people are out of the state of being married (read: unwed).
Bobby-Sue and Johnny will no longer be in wedlock after their divorce and annulment.
The act of having children before marriage.
And if you have too many children before marriage, marriage MAY no longer be an option.