When you’re looking online for appropriate bridesmaids gifts, you may come across some crazy traditions and roles bridesmaids used to play. While you might think you’re asking a little too much of your bridesmaids for your upcoming nuptials, spare a thought for the bridesmaids who followed these traditions below.
The Double Act
These days, it’s considered in bad taste to dress in a similar dress to the bride. In fact, doing so has broken up families and friendships. However, in Victorian times, wearing the same outfit as the bride was encouraged. To confuse evil spirits who wanted to ruin the bride’s day, the bridesmaids had to dress the same or similar to the bride to confuse the evil spirits and drive them away. However, by doing so, the bridesmaids possibly thought they were at risk. Therefore, you’d have to hope the bride and groom put up some very generous bridesmaids gifts.
Garlic Not Geraniums
If similar dresses to the bride weren’t enough to confuse and drive evil spirits away, then maybe the assortment of posies would be. Bridesmaids used to have to carry bouquets of herbs and grains down the aisle, opposed to the bright and beautiful flowers they get to carry now. Garlic was a firm favorite and worked not only as a deterrent to evil spirits, but to mask poor hygiene as well. Showers were a rarity in Victorian times.