Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wedding Customs

Last week, Mental Floss had an interesting article on the history behind our wedding customs. Having been a bridesmaid three times, this one in particular caught my eye...

Ladies—believe it or not, the concept of the bridesmaid’s gown was not invented to inflict painful dowdiness* upon the bride’s friends and female relatives thus making the bride look hotter by comparison.


Historically, that dress you’ll never wear again was actually selected with the purpose of tricking the eye of evil spirits and jealous ex-lovers (spicy!).
Brides’ faithful attendants were instructed to wear a dress similar to that of the bride so that during their group stroll to the church it would be hard for any ill-willed spirits or former boy-toys to spot the bride and curse/kidnap/throw rocks at her. (Ditto for the boys in matching penguin suits, saving the groom from a similar fate.)

Interesting - especially since wearing white to a wedding nowadays will get you some filthy looks from the bride.


*Dowdy describes my second bridesmaid dress. It was a "dark silver" (gray) metallic gargage bag.

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