The bridesmaids are there for moral and emotional support, armed with tissues and sage advice. And maybe a swallow of spirits for the bride.
But, when the bridesmaid tradition began, maids didn’t bring spirits—they had to ward them away from the bride.
Like, spirits spirits.
Centuries ago, people believed evil essences lurked about on the bride’s big day. These spirits would infiltrate the wedding and try to curse the betrothed. And the bridesmaids had to make sure that didn’t happen.
How did they do this? Well, the girls would wear a dress that resembled the bride’s. This would confuse the spirits—they wouldn’t know who the bride was—and she would be safe from supernatural harm.
This is why bridesmaids often wear something that mimics the bride.
So even though the bride’s life is no longer in the maids’ hands, being in a wedding party is still a huge honor today.