Why brides traditionally stand on the left during wedding ceremonies


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When it comes to weddings, we all have our own traditions. There's this royal tradition that Kate Middleton decided to break when she married Prince William in 2011, and there's a rather unusual reason that the bride throws her bouquet after the ceremony.

Whether it's wearing something old, new, borrowed and blue, or having the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle, there are many things that happen on your big day that you probably don't even think twice about.

For example, did you know that the reason bridesmaids wear similar dresses is because it was believed that it would ward off evil spirits who could sabotage the newlyweds big day?

Yep - there are so many traditions that we uphold without realising where they actually come from.

But have you ever wondered why the bride usually stands on the left during the wedding ceremony?

According to The Knot, it stems from the days of 'marriage by capture'.

Erm - what?!

The website writes: 'The groom needed to leave his right hand (aka, his fighting hand which he used to hold the sword) free in the event that he'd need to defend his bride from other suitors who may try to whisk her away at the last minute.'


Jadie Troy-Pryde
News Editor

Jadie Troy-Pryde is News Editor, covering celebrity and entertainment, royal, lifestyle and viral news. Before joining the team in 2018 as the Lifestyle and Social Media Editor, she worked at a number of women’s fashion and lifestyle titles including Grazia, Women’s Health and Stylist, and now heads the Marie Claire UK news desk.