Groom on the Right, Bride on the Left

Groom on the Right, Bride on the Left

Here’s why grooms usually stand on the right and brides on the left during a wedding ceremony.
Long ago, 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.
The reason that men may have had to fight off others was because quite often women were kidnapped. Family members naturally wanted to rescue the stolen brides.
Sometimes even during the wedding ceremony, the grooms had to fight off other men who were desirous of their brides, along with the bride’s family members. So having his right arm free was an important strategy.
This tradition is followed today by when facing the officiant, having the bride stand to the left, and the groom stand to the right.
Another reason is that the union of the right hands of the bride and groom symbolizes their union as one, their strength in being together, and the combined resources that they bring to their marriage.
Exceptions to the Tradition:
During a Jewish ceremony, the bride is often on the right and the groom is on the left.

About Robert Arenz

We are Aruba wedding planners and professional photographers / videographers for many years and love to make you happy with a stress free and relaxed wedding day, because that's our trademark. As creators of moments and memories we assist couples from all over the world in all areas of wedding planning and coordinating. With over 30 years experience in business, photography and coordination, Robert Arenz has seen all sides of planning. He offers very personalized service and can handle every aspect of your wedding so you can relax and enjoy your trip to Aruba while he and his wife Ilians do all the work to make your wedding dreams come true. Robert was born & raised in Holland, speaks & writes Dutch, English, German and Spanish. Here on Aruba he is one of the leading independent wedding planners, and had the opportunity to organize and photograph more than a 1000 weddings and ceremonies. Dream Weddings Aruba utilizes the services of a team of the best photographers, videographers, ministers, musicians, beauticians, disc jockeys, florists, transportation companies, captains, restaurants, coordinators and decoration specialists to provide our couples with truly remarkable wedding experiences.

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