The reason for matching bridesmaid dresses is a bit creepy
You might think bridal parties are a rather recent tradition – perhaps stemming from some Georgian or latter Victorian eras. But bridal parties have been around since Roman times – hey, you learn something new everyday. In ancient Rome brides to be would have a group of bridesmaids at the ceremony, similar to today’s practice. However, all bridesmaids, including the bride, would wear the exact same dress. This is where things get a tad spooky. In this pre-enlightenment era, superstition, was the universally accepted convention of the time. This ingrained false belief lead to some rather peculiar traditions. Cue the bridal party – and most importantly, the bridesmaids. The bridesmaids at an ancient Roman wedding acted as decoys. ”A decoy for what?” you might ask. Well it seems that weddings back in the day tended to attract a whole host of evil spirits, the malevolent beings in this case being the spirits of the men the bride previous rejected – jealous exes always try to ruin everything. So with the bridal party all dressed the same, it was believed that bridesmaids would confuse these ghoulish beings long enough for the ceremony to finish. Once the bride was married she was then be safe from her former flings. Who would’ve guessed that bridesmaid dresses had such a spooky past?