Many people probably haven’t thought deeply about the customary practice of a bride standing next to the groom on the left side at the altar.
Thats because tradition dictates the bride always stands on the left but the reason for that is far from romantic.
It dates back to the 16th century in Britain and a disturbing practice called marriage by capture otherwise known as kidnap.
Back then, men were expected to take brides from the local community but eligible women could be scarce.
Women were often snatched and brought to the groom to be wed.
The groom would then stand with the bride to his left so that he could easily draw his sword with his right arm without injuring her if attacked by other suitors or disapproving parents trying to rescue her.
This tradition also partially explains the best man’s original role in the ceremony. Back in the 16th century, the best man was there to help or defend the groom if he had to fight off enemies.
So when next you attend a Nigerian wedding and notice the best man be sure that he is there to help his pal defend his bride from other suitors or possibly Yoruba demons. Lol!