Origin and History of Bridesmaids
“The Western bridesmaid tradition is thought to have originated from Roman law, which required ten witnesses at a wedding in order to outsmart evil spirits (believed to attend marriage ceremonies) by dressing in identical clothing to the bride and groom, so that the evil spirits would not know who was getting married. Even as late as 19th century England, there was a belief that ill-wishers could administer curses and taint the wedding. In Victorian wedding photographs, for example, the bride and groom are frequently dressed in the same fashion as other members of the bridal party.” (Wikipedia)
The role of a bridesmaid has definitely evolved of the years. Today things are a little different, starting with their dresses. Some brides are still traditional and prefer to have their bridesmaids wear identical dresses, but at the same time are seeking looks that can be worn again to future events.
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Another trend is having your b-maids pick a dress from the same color palate, but choosing a style that best suits their body type.
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Each bridesmaid could also wear a dress in a different shade of one color, for example, light pink, medium pink, etc., or have each bridesmaid choose different colors of your particular wedding color scheme, for example, green, burnt orange, brown and maroon for a fall color scheme.
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What will your bridesmaids wear?