Uncommon Knowledge: Why do you need a bridesmaid dress?

Personalized Beach Wedding Scene | UncommonGoodsBridesmaids’ dresses now might be the source for collective groans and unflattering necklines, but their origins included a lot less taffeta and a lot more body guarding. During the long walk from the bride’s home to the church, she ran the risk of attracting evil spirits or even running into jealous ex-lovers (awkward…) To protect her from these unpleasant run-ins, the bride’s closest friends were asked to wear a dress similar to the bride’s, so as to trick the spirits or jilted beaus. If this sounds like a tough job, the original duty of the Best Man takes the wedding cake—the groom’s best swordsman served as his armed guard in case the bride’s parents changed their minds and a kidnapping was in order. Now sit back, find the bride something borrowed and blue, and be glad you live in modern times.

Personalized Beach Wedding Scene by Leana Fischer, $85-195

Written by Kate B

Kate is a copywriter. Strangers would describe her as that very tall girl with glasses, as would her friends. She is pretty good at needlepointing, surprisingly good at bocce ball, and very bad at choosing between sweet and savory at brunch. She is well-liked by most dogs.

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