Bridesmaid and Best Man
Electronic mail message from Judy A. Remmick-Hubert
In ancient times, protection was needed to protect
the bride and groom from other tribes who might invade.
In Roman times, it was the tradition that unmarried
men escorted the bride to the wedding and married men escort the
bride and groom to their new home.
These married men carried vessels of gold and silver....
Digging around superstition, I found that a bridesmaid
dressed in a costume similar to the bride to confuse the evil spirits
that were eager to harm the young bride. Same was true with the
best man, he, too, dressed as the groom to protect him.
The evil spirits truly hovered around our German
ancestors and this was there tradition through the dark ages.
Added to the costume to display the differences between
bride and groom and the bridesmaid and best man came with small
changes through the ages. It is interesting to see how our German
ancestors came to copy many cultures.
The Oriental weddings such as the use of flowers
such as the bachelor button.... The Greeks wore white....A June
wedding from the Romans....
How many have said this little verse:
"Something old, something new, something borrowed,
The old and new part seemed to have originated in
England. The "borrowed" is pulled out of very ancient times and
it was gold which was "borrowed", a jewel from a relative..... Gold
was the symbol of the sun..... which was believed the source of
Orange blossoms in a wreath came from Saracerns and
the Crusaders brought this idea back to Europe.... The orange tree
is an evergreen which equaled "everlasting life". The wealthy could
afford such finery.
The Anglo-Saxons, Greeks and Romans had used wreaths
of corn and wheat for the emblem of fertility.
To protect the bride from the "evil eye" a bridal
veil was used and another tradition from the orient. Some think
it's from the Purdah custom which forbide men from seeing the face
of an unmarried woman...
It was often the tradition for a woman to wear a
veil of a woman who had a happy marriage.
Let's hear your own traditions handed down through
your own families.