Marriages are so beautiful. It is said that marriages are made in heaven but the traditions and customs were made by us humans. We enjoy weddings and all the customs but how many of us know why and where all these customs were originated from? Probably no one, I guess!
Groomsmen and the Best Man
In many cultures, the groom is supposed to kidnap his bride before the wedding and the groomsmen help him in accomplishing it. The man who helps the groom the most in this kidnapping is declared as the best man on the wedding day.
About 4000, years ago in Babylon, the father of a bride was responsible for supplying mead to his son-in-law for almost a month. Their calendar was lunar based and since the son-in-law was drinking mead at that time, the month was declared as ‘Honey Month‘ which later on turned into ‘honeymoon‘.
Bride is hidden from the groom before the wedding
It dates back to the time when the marriages were mostly arranged. It was believed that if the groom will see the bride before the wedding he might run away. In some cultures, it is said that seeing the bride in the wedding attire means seeing the future and it is considered as inauspicious.
Something “blue” and something “old”
Carrying something old means ‘continuity of the past’ and carrying something blue symbolizes fidelity, love, and purity.