Bridenapping, evil spirit, and other dangers.
While groomsmen and bridesmaid serve largely ceremonial roles today, it wasn’t always so.
During the Middle-Ages, when robbers were common and a young woman needed an entourage to protect her virtue, the groomsmen, known as “bride’s knight”, were charged with safety escorting the bride from her home to the wedding.
Similarly,the tradition of having a best man goes all the way back to the days of marriage by capture among Anglo-Saxon tribesmen. It was too dangerous seeking a mate to attempt the heist solo, so he brought along a comrade (usually a brother who was a skilled swordsman) to help fight off angry relatives or to create a diversion while he grabbed the maiden and rode off on horseback. The best man also helped protect the couple from being found by the bride’s family before they consummated the marriage; today, this custom translates into last-minute help in getting the couple off to their honeymoon.
As for bridesmaids, their origin stem from a perception of spiritual danger: In early European society, it was believe that evil spirits would try to ruin the happiness of the bride and groom. To fool the demons, the bride and the bridesmaids dressed alike, making it harder to identify the bride (the same went for the groom’s side). This ruse also proved useful for fooling ex-suitors or a groom attempting to spirit away the bride without making it legal. By the end of the Middle Ages, the bride’s attire stood out from the bridesmaids dresses, but the custom of having the attendants dress alike remains. To this day, however, the groomsmen dress nearly identically to the groom—but that’s probably the result of a lack of fashion options for men!. HAPPY READING 🙂 Until next time