The fashion for brides to wear a garter became popular in Medieval times.
In these times, after the ceremony and wedding breakfast the guests would follow the couple to their bedchamber. Here they would grapple with the bride's gown, trying to take something for good luck. It became the custom for bride's to wear a garter which people would try to take rather than taking part of her clothing.
It is believed that this tradition began with Germanic Goths, when it was the custom to marry a woman from within your own community. When there was a lack of marriageable women then grooms sort out brides from other communities by abducting them.
The future groom would accompany such raids and his male companion would select his bride for him because he was the "best man" for the task.
Later the best man remained at the grooms side in case of reprisals.. He continued his duties after the ceremony by standing guard over the newlywed's home.
The groom traditionally stands on the bride's right. It is believed that this is so that should he need to protect his bride then his sword is easily accessible.
Fortunately I can't think of any occasion when this has been necessary but the tradition remains.
In Ancient Greece bridesmaids and groomsmen would wear the same attire as the bride and groom. This was seen as a way to ward off evil (or jealous suitors !) and thus protect the newly weds.
Today their role in a wedding ceremony are more symbolic but they do have a part to play in ensuring the day goes smoothly.
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