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The Wedding Party
W

hile the bride is often
In older times the best man's duty was
considered the most visual element
to be sure the bride did not escape
in the wedding, there are other
during the ceremony which might
important individuals. The other
even include kidnapping her.
essential "half" of the wedding party
The title "best man" originally
is the groom. Traditions surrounding
referred to the man who was the best
the groom and his duties are not as
with a sword to fight off enemies
elaborate as that of the bride and her
or rival attackers. In times when
maids but just as enchanting. Groom
capturing a bride was practiced, close
dolls are also not nearly as plentiful
friends of the groom would help him
as brides.
in taking the bride from her family.
The tradition of the groom carrying
Bridesmaids are an important
the bride over the threshold has been
part of the wedding. Looking back to
around for a long time. Different
earlier times we find that the tasks for
traditions for this gesture include
these ladies were slightly different-
Postmarked 1912 is this postcard
protecting her from evil spirits to it
including protecting the bride from
shows a very attentive groom.
being unladylike for the bride to show
evil-both evil spirits and potential
that she wanted to leave her father's
robbers. In ancient Roman and
home. Hence the groom carried her to symbolize he was
Chinese times the bride often had to travel a considerable
forcibly making her leave.
distance and carried dowries, furniture and other riches to
The concept of brides running away has been around
the home of the groom. The bridesmaids, wearing similar
for a long time but who she was running from could vary.
outfits, acted as decoys to confuse any possible evil doers.

These small
gift cards from
weddings or
showers show
a variety of
cute wedding
themes
reminiscent of
the kewpie dolls
from the 1920s.
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