(Closed) Why is the bride always on the left?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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.

During a Jewish ceremony, the bride is often on the right and the groom is on the left.

Post # 5
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Ditto at the above answer! Here is what I found..

The right side has traditionally being reserved for men, and is considered a position of priveledge and power. (i.e. Jesus is “seated” at the right side of God”. )

In churches, women were separated from men in seating arrangement, left pws for women and rightfor men, for the above reason.

Also, women go on the left and and men on the right, to protect the lady from danger (i.e. protecting her from upcoming traffic when walking) and it comes from mediaval times when men protected the ladies with the sword that was traditionally handled with the right arm.

Post # 6
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

wow i always wondered that myself…my Future Sister-In-Law stood on the right and her hubby stood on the left.

Post # 7
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

oh my!  position of privileage and power, kidnapped brides, swordfighting, closer to god…. i had no idea!  lol  kinda makes me want to stand on the right like in jewish ceremonies.  🙂

Post # 8
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I think I did stand on the right! I didn’t do any research as to why it was tyipcally the other way…but my bangs “swoosh” to the left and I didn’t want my bare forehead side facing everyone! How vain. Wow.

I had no idea. Thanks for the research!

Post # 9
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

In Jewish weddings, the bride stands on the right…but I dont know why!

Post # 10
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@caiters_marie: Haha!! Too cute!!


Love this thread! I thought about this, but never really asked!

Post # 11
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Haha @caiters_marie: my bangs “swoosh” to the left too, and I was wondering earlier if it would be totally weird to stand on the right instead of the left because of this.. Did anyone notice at your wedding?

Post # 12
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Timber Lake Playhouse - Mt. Carroll, IL

wow. so interesting! 

Post # 13
19 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m thinking about standing on the right because I think my left side photographs better.  Is that just too vain or what?! My mom will throw an absolute fit, I’m sure.

Post # 14
724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Wow, that’s so interesting! I never even though to question why it was done that way!

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