Wedding History 101…Why does the bride stand to the left of the groom?

Do you know why the bride stands to the left of the groom?


“Weddings today are clearly more civilized than those in Anglo-Saxon England. Traditionally brides had to stand to the left so the groom could hold his beloved with his left hand and draw his sword with his right, should anyone try to kidnap her. However, back then it was common for brides to have been ‘stolen’ from their families, meaning it was often her own relatives who were ‘invading’ the wedding.”

……the more you know.


photo from British Vogue

article from ‘Wedding Traditions Explained,’ Brides Magazine

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