Queen Victoria sparked the trends that are still adopted today in what we call a ‘traditional’ wedding. A church service with white dress and bouquet… In reality may traditions originate from way way back.
Evil spirits have been, and continue to be a major concern for wedding organisers! And often overlooked. Apparently they see brides as vulnerable in the moments between leaving the protection of her parent’s house and reaching the protection of her husband’s. So these little varmints are all about spoiling your happy day, and not just by swapping name cards at the wedding breakfast.
But relax! There are many ways to protect yourself! The traditional wedding veil came to represent a bride’s purity, yet its original purpose was to disguise the bride in order to fool enthusiastic evil spirits.
Surrounding yourself with a gaggle of female friends is also a jolly good way to confound any sabotage, especially if the bride and her friends wear similar clothing. Let’s call them bridesmaids and the idea might catch on!
It seems to me that these evil spirits are not the brightest bulbs on the string, but their next opportunity comes as the bride enters her new home. Doorways are most attractive to loitering spirits, so it’s important that the groom carries his bride across the threshold to thwart their attempts to come in with her.
Back in the day, many marriages started with a kidnap so the groom’s adversaries would be a little more ‘real’ in the shape of the bride’s family or another suitor. So, forget having your lifelong friend as your ‘best man’ – the term used to refer the best swordsman the groom knew. Someone to aid and abet him in absconding with his bride.