With Wedding season upon us it got me thinking about Bridesmaids and the history and how they even came about?
I came across some weird and funny traditions when I did a search, here are just a few:
There was a lot of shoe-throwing in the old days. In Anglo-Saxon times the groom “symbolically" struck the bride with a shoe to “establish his authority.” Brides would throw shoes at their bridesmaids (instead of a bouquet) to see who would marry next. Whoever caught it would throw her shoe at the men, and the first guy hit would be the one to wed.
Ancient Roman law required 10 witnesses to be present at a wedding, which is considered a precursor to the bridal party tradition. Bridesmaids and groomsmen had to dress just like the bride and groom to confuse vengeful spirit presences (or real-life jealous suitors) who might try to harm the newlyweds.
Part of the job was to walk carefully: If a bridesmaid stumbled on the way to the altar, the superstition was that she would never marry.
Nowadays, people have bridesmaids for all sorts of reasons. For some people, it's a way to incorporate close relatives into your ceremony. For others, it's about making your friends part of your special day and some choose to forgo bridesmaids all together. Being a Bridesmaid is a real privilege and should make you feel very loved and fortunate to play a large part in the Bride and Grooms day.
Traditionally Bridesmaids organise the hen’s party which these days is far from just a boozy night out with the girls. Lavish weekends away to a beautiful beach or lake to be pampered in preparation for the big day are high on the agenda.
The Bride will often buy a keepsake for her Bridesmaids to commemorate their special day and jewellery makes the perfect gift.
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