If you've never been able to reuse a bridesmaid dress, you're not alone, but the wedding tradition didn't take hold to make you look bad (and the bride even better). Really. Instead of blaming the bride, blame the Romans. Because of Roman superstition, Roman law required 10 wedding guests to dress similarly to the bride and groom (groomsmen, your matching tuxes also fit here) for good luck -- the matching outfits were thought to confuse any evil spirits who might want to curse the couple [source: Gordon].
(How Stuff Works.)
Well, we certainly don't want any 'evil spirits' at our weddings do we?
Naturally today, there are many reasons we have bridesmaids -
- you might want your bestie there, because you've shared so much together already, and it wouldn't seem the same without her.
- you need help with the decorations and it's much more fun doing it with friends - turn it into a party!
- you want to include members of your family and your 'new' family, to honour them on your special day.
- a procession preceding you 'down the aisle', announces your arrival.
- you might have tasks for them at the Reception.
These are just a few I thought of - what were your main reasons for having Bridesmaids?
. . . . Lena.
Princess Grace had a lot of Bridesmaids. I'm sure the hats would have been fashionable then.