Planning a wedding can be stressful. Have you ever asked yourself why people put themselves through all that? Let's have fun & take a look at the wedding traditions and origins and take a deeper look at how the traditions started and what they meant. Maybe it can give you a laugh as you jump your own wedding planning hurdles. We'll also share unique twists on old traditions to make them new.
Welcome to Wedding Traditions and Origins.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Historical Roles of Best Man and Bridesmaids
Best man was chosen because he was "best" with a sword.
Most wedding traditions stem from unusual origins. For
instance, the wedding party of today is nothing like a couple hundred centuries ago. For
instance, the original duty of the "Best Man" wasn't to throw a
bachelor party, hold on to the ring, or to make the wedding toast.
History of Best Man
Centuries ago, the Best Man served as armed backup for the
groom just in case he was forced to kidnap his intended bride from disapproving
parents. Even the word "best" didn't mean best friend. It' meant he
was best with a sword in case it was needed.
Origins of the "best man" tradition is thought to
be Germanic Goth when the people were expected to take a bride from within the
community. With an inadequate supply of local women, eligible bachelors were
forced to seek out and capture a bride from a neighboring community. This
practice is linked to the reason the bride stands to the left of the groom during the wedding ceremony until this day. You see, the groom had to keep his right hand free for defense.
The best man stood guard beside the groom until wedding vows
were exchanged. After the wedding, he stood outside the newlyweds' bed chamber
door. He was a guard of sorts. He was there in case anyone decided to attack, and he
was also in the event that the bride decided she wanted to
Bridesmaids wore dresses similar to the bride.
History of Bridesmaids
As for bridesmaids, historically they wore dresses similar
to that of the bride, so that as the group approached the church it would be
difficult for any evil spirits or former beaus to spot the bride. Evil spirits
were also the reason
the bride wore a veil, to hide from those spirits waiting to steal away her
happiness. But having the bridesmaids dress similarly made it more difficult
for possible kidnappers or those planning to throw rocks.
The same held true for the men. They
wore matching suits to save the groom from curses, rocks or kidnapping, too.
As for the Maid of Honor, she was responsible for making all
the wedding decorations and putting them up herself.