kidnap the bride
Asking a friend to be the best man for your wedding is now considered customary. All weddings will not be complete without the best man and his speech. This speech has become one of the most anticipated events during the wedding’s reception program. It is, however, also important to give enough importance to the speaker himself. Have you not been intrigued about how the best man and his speech came to be? Did the role really start with the accompaniment of a best mans speech?
The best mans speech isn’t anywhere close to what the best man did originally. When a chosen best man today does his research and becomes aware of his title’s origins, he’ll feel fortunate he’s living in a modern world. Why, you ask? What is the original job of the best man?
Going back to the early sixteenth century, in Scotland, the “best man” was a groom’s very trusted fellow – so trusted in fact that he helps that certain groom kidnap the bride! Yes. Centuries ago, the bride was “kidnapped”. This tradition came from the Germanic Goths. This kidnapping was done only in cases when a certain man cannot find a bride in his own village. He has to go to neighboring villages to scout for a bride. Once he’s finally chosen the woman, he’ll go to one of his most trusted friends (considering physical capability, of course) and ask that person to aid him in his escapade.
The best man’s job doesn’t end at that. The best man is also responsible for making sure of the couple’s safety before and during the wedding. He has to protect the bride from other interested men at all costs. Even at the wedding ceremony, the best man would be holding his sword, threatening all men that seek marriage with his friend’s bride.
To become a best man during the old times was a pledge of loyalty and service to your friend. It is not at all easy, and may get you in trouble. This is why the best man, in the modern setting, can let out his sigh of relief since he only has his best mans speech to worry about.
Deliver your wedding speech with poise and confidence.