In ancient times, brides were thought to be particularly vulnerable to evil spirits, so in order to protect the bride, her friends dressed in outfits very similar to the bride’s and acted as decoys to confuse the evil spirits.
It was once common for the bride and groom, as well as their friends, to walk to the church on the morning of the wedding. Afraid that a rejected suitor would try to place a curse on the bride and groom, their friends would dress in similar apparel in order to trick the evil wishers.
Today, the function of the bridesmaids and groomsmen is to be a support to the bride and groom as well as their confidant and friend.
Have you ever wondered about the purpose of groomsmen? Legend has it that this came about during ancient times when women were in short supply and a man had to literally kidnap his bride from her village, clan or tribe. The groom-to-be would bring along his ‘best men’ to help fight off angry family members or competing suitors.
The best man of days-gone-by was responsible for more than the holding the wedding ring. Since there remained a threat of the bride’s family attempting to forcibly gain her return, the best man stayed by the groom’s side throughout the marriage ceremony, protecting the bride and groom from any threats. He also served as a sentry outside the newlyweds’ home.
It is believed to bring good luck to the groom if the best man arranges for the groom to carry a good luck charm in his pocket on his wedding day. It is also considered good luck for the best man to pay the officiant’s fee in an odd sum,
Nowadays, the role of the groomsmen and best man are really only honorary positions. There is no need for them to be armed or to stand guard since most weddings are by choice.
Flower girls began appearing in wedding parties during the middle Ages. She would lead the procession down the aisle bearing a bouquet of wheat, which symbolized fertility. Now the flower girl throws flower petals as she walks down the aisle, symbolizing that the bride’s path through life will be happy and laden with flowers.