The the Van Dort's were mere Fish Merchants. If you recall the lyrics to According to plan: "According to plan Our son will be married According to plan Our family carried Elevated to the heights of society To the costume balls In the hallowed halls Rubbing elbows with the finest Having crumpets with Her Highness We'll be there, we'll be seen Having tea with the queen We'll forget everything That we've ever, ever been" Right there it states that the wedding, alone, would elevate the Van Dort's social status. Victor was forced into an arranged marriage for Social reasons but, the motive behind Victoria getting married was to save HER family, the Everglott's, from ending up in poor house, while the Van Dort's were already there. The Van Dort's believed the Everglott's were rich. There was deception and misunderstanding on both sides.