This I Know

18 06 2012

Things I’ve learned this week- they happened to be discovered in one conversation about weddings so they are a bit narrow in focus, but hilarious and awesome.

The best man position originated in the primitive days of marriage by capture, when a man called his friends in to assist to “lift” or kidnap the bride, or from the need to defend the bride from would-be kidnappers.  The best man was the best man with a sword, literally the best man.

The bride stands to the left of the groom on the wedding because the right arm was considered the sword arm of most fighting men. If a man had to protect his bride, he would hold her with his left hand, and fight off attackers with his right arm.

Traditionally you are suppose to say best wishes to a newly engaged woman and congratulations to the newly engaged man.  Apparently the reason behind it is that  “Congratulations” implies winning something, and so the old etiquette did not want to imply that the bride had “won” the groom, but that the groom had “won” the bride.
FYI the guy and I both feel as though we’ve won each other so congrats is/was just fine 🙂



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