Post # 1
Out of curiosity…Do the bride and bridesmaids HAVE to be on the left side of the auditorium (with the groom and groomsmen on the right side)??? I know it’s usually done that way. I’m not Jewish, but I have noticed that in some Jewish weddings, the bride and bridesmaids are on the RIGHT. Anyone know the reason for this?
The reason I ask, is because (this may sound ridiculous, LOL!) my hair parts on the right, and I want to have a pretty French braid on the right, with a curly updo. If I was standing on the LEFT side at the ceremony, you wouldn’t see the pretty braid! And I don’t like parting my hair on the opposite side.
Is it okay to break this “tradition”? I’m a not a super-untraditional bride, but I’d much rather stand on the right.
Post # 3
The tradition started back in the days when men carried swords.
Because grooms in Anglo-Saxon England often had to defend their brides, the bride would stand to the left of her groom so that his sword arm was free.
Only the people on the right side of the church are going to see your braid anyhow.
If you stand on the right, even less of them will see it because more of them will be to the right of you.
They will all see it when you turn to face your Fiance during the ceremony.
They will all see you during the rest of the wedding.
Post # 4
I always thought the bride stands on the left during the ceremony because once they’re married, she is an extension of his right arm. So during the recessional, she’s on his right side to symbolize that.
Unless the church has a rule about it, you can do whatever you want. It’s your wedding. But people will notice.
Post # 5
So I guess it doesn’t really matter! I’ll figure it out!
So why DO some Jewish brides stand on the opposite side?