Bridesmaid Traditions Best Left Forgotten

Bridesmaid Traditions Best Left Forgotten

When looking online for appropriate bridesmaid gifts, such as bridesmaid robes and matching sashes, you may come across some crazy traditions and roles bridesmaids used to play. While you might think you’re asking too much of your bridesmaids for your upcoming nuptials, spare a thought for those, who followed these traditions below.

The Double Act

These days, it’s considered bad taste to dress in a similar dress to the bride. In fact, doing so has broken up families and friendships. However, wearing the same outfit as the bride was encouraged in Victorian times. 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, the bridesmaids possibly thought they were at risk by doing so. Therefore, you’d have to hope the bride and groom put up some 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, as opposed to the bright and beautiful flowers they get to take now. Garlic was a firm favourite and worked not only as a deterrent to evil spirits but also to mask poor hygiene. Showers were a rarity in Victorian times.