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Will the bride stand on the left side?

Maren, on January 15, 2019 at 11:05 AM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 0 89
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Traditionally, the bride stands on the left side of the altar for the wedding ceremony so that the groom can use his right hand in case he needs to fight for his bride, should someone try to steal her away last minute on the wedding day! Thankfully the kidnapping part of this tradition died long long ago, but brides still keep up the tradition of standing on the left side.

Which side are you going to stand on for your wedding ceremony? Are you doing or ditching this tradition?

If you’re a same-sex couple, how are you deciding which side to stand on?

Will the bride stand on the left side? 1

Photo by Momentous Image in Seattle, Washington


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Latest activity by Marisa, on April 4, 2020 at 5:25 PM
  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Lol! Love the background story. I had no idea. We kept this but didn’t realize it was tradition.
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  • Gloria
    Super March 2019
    Gloria ·
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    I didn’t know that it was a tradition for the bride to stand on the left and the groom on the right we are definitely keeping it like that.
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  • Danielle
    Master June 2019
    Danielle ·
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    Never knew the backstory...too funny. We will be keeping this tradition!

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  • Angerra
    VIP August 2019
    Angerra ·
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    Hahaha cute backstory. You learn something new every day. I don't have anything against standing on the left so we can keep this tradition!
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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·
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    Me too, it's super sweet and old-timey Smiley smile That's great haha!

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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·
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    That's great, Danielle! Smiley smile Yes, it's a super sweet history behind it! Smiley heart What will the backdrop of your ceremony be, as you stand at the front and say "I do"? Smiley heart

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  • Danielle
    Master June 2019
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    Our venue is a "barn" type building out in the country. I haven't decided yet where the ceremony will take place, but it will be out doors and the reception indoors (same location). Our backdrop will more than likely be woods or a large white house on the property.

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  • JustKidding
    VIP April 2018
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    .....Will the bride stand on the left side? 2

    I stood on the right. I'm half Jewish and it's tradition to stand on the right. It's also my better side.


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  • Brae
    VIP September 2019
    Brae ·
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    Lol. It wasn't really thought about, but we'll keep it. Knowing this now, if my fh was a leftie, I'd make him switch to the left.
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  • Alyssa
    Super July 2019
    Alyssa ·
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    I've not thought about this are all. I'm assuming I'll end up standing on the left as it's what the coordinator will be used to and I don't have strong feelings either way.
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  • Lex
    VIP September 2019
    Lex ·
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    It depends on how I part my hair tbh! I don’t want my hair to be in my face for the pictures.
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  • Porterpoppin
    VIP March 2019
    Porterpoppin ·
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    The more you know lol I had no idea! I didn't know it was an actual tradition but I'm standing on the left side

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  • Devoted November 2019
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    Ha! This is funny. This is Ricks reasoning for keeping me on his left. He’s right handed so in case he needs to take care of business LOL !!
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  • Gonnabeaburch
    Super July 2019
    Gonnabeaburch ·
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    Wait, then should I stand on the right since my FH is left handed?!?! 😂🤣
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  • Jen
    Super May 2018
    Jen ·
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    I didn't know this was a thing but since it is we kept this one.

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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    I’ll be on the right as is Jewish tradition!
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  • Alicia
    VIP August 2019
    Alicia ·
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    Never knew the tradition behind it! My FH will absolutely love that.

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  • Mrs. S
    Master November 2019
    Mrs. S ·
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    I want to be traditional but my left side is my good side truly! So now idk.
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  • OnCloudRawls
    VIP June 2019
    OnCloudRawls ·
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    Bahahaha I definitely didn't know the backstory to that tradition!Smiley laugh I have a deep dimple on my right cheek so I will stay on the left side of the altar. It's my good side!

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  • Abby
    VIP March 2019
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    I've never actually heard of this tradition before let alone that back story! I haven't given it any thought on which side I'll stand so I have no clue right now haha.
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