The history of the bridesmaid differs across religions, cultures, as well as time periods. It is said that during the early Roman times, bridesmaids formed a kind of bridal infantry as they accompanied the bride to her fiancees home. They all wore similar outfits as a “protective shield” that was meant to intervene if any wayward thugs or vengeful suitors attempted to hurt the bride or steal her dowry.
Presently, in many nuptials, the brides maids attires are chosen to complement the wedding’s unique colours, feel and style. By wearing identical outfits, the bridesmaids maintain a coordinated look which may vary slightly in colour or design but still match the formality of the affair and the overall look of the bridal gown.
Photo by George Adulu
Bridemaids attires by Wambui Mukenyi