History of Bridesmaids
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1. To be witnesses.
Bridesmaid and groomsmen were needed at wedding ceremonies in the Ancient Roman times to be witnesses in order for the wedding to be considered legally binding.
2. All bridesmaids had to dress like the bride.
In the past, this was done in order to confuse evil spirits who might try to harm or sabotage the newlyweds. Nothing says "Congratulations!" more than acting as a decoy on your bestie’s blessed day, right?
3. Bridesmaids used to function as literal maids.
A least popular historical fact of bridesmaids actually came from the Bible: When Jacob married both Leah and Rachel, each woman brought her own "maid" (as in, "bridesmaid"), rather than buddies, who help you pick out flowers and pose in pictures.
The Victorian Era changed history. It wasn’t until that time, roles of bridesmaids started to become more contemporary.
Though, there was still some connections to the ancient methods. Bridesmaid would walk down the aisle carrying herbs, grains and garlic to scare away evil spirits. At this point of time, it is purely just superstition.
Today, people have bridesmaids for many different reasons. For some, it’s a way to incorporate close relatives into the ceremony, For others, it’s about making your besties part of your special day. For a handful of other people, are still attracted to the idea of bridesmaids for cultural or religious reasons.
Regardless what the reason is, your wedding, is your day. There is no right or wrong way to plan it, Traditional or not, as long as it’s what you are most comfortable with.