We hear so much about bridesmaids and the maid of honor. What about the best man and groomsmen? There are a lot of myths surrounding how groomsmen actually came about. The most popular is a pretty primitive tale involving the men kidnapping their chosen bride… Scary.
Back then the groomsmen were called bride-knights; and in true “best bro” fashion they’d help their friend to capture their bride. They’d then stand guard at the wedding ceremony in order to protect the groom from the bride’s (understandably) upset family.
Another myth (which I happen to like a little better given that it doesn’t involve a felony) originates back to Roman times. According to Roman law, weddings required ten witnesses to attend the ceremony. People were pretty superstitious back then. Apparently the Romans were afraid that evil spirits would come and curse the soon-to-be betrothed. To confuse those evil spirits, the groom would get five of his male friends or family members to dress identical to him. The bride would do the same, finding five women to dress like her as well. They’d perform the ceremony, and the evil (and apparently not too bright) spirits wouldn’t be able to tell who was getting married. The ten person quota was achieved and those rascally spirits would be fooled.
Nowadays grooms can pick however many attendants they’d like – some even choosing women. Their purpose is to provide emotional (and sometimes physical) support up to and during the wedding – and not to mention be responsible for throwing one heck of a bachelor shindig.
Because groomsmen – specifically the best man – tend to become the groom’s right hand during what’s normally a crazy time, it’s become customary to give them a fun and unique groomsmen gift as a way to say thanks and commemorate the occasion.
When the husband and I got married this past March (I know. Newlyweds… Aww) we purchased some really classy picture frames, placed some nice pictures in them, and had them all engraved with a sweet message.
Here are some other awesome gift ideas courtesy of our friends over at groomstop.com.