There are a lot of decisions to be made about weddings. The dress, the theme, the venue, the food, whether or not to invite Uncle Jim who caused an unforgettable scene at the last family get-together when the bar tab ran out.
The one thing you probably don’t even think about? Which side of the altar/priest/celebrant you’ll stand at while you say your vows.
Typically the groom will always stand on the right, with the bride on their left – and no, it’s not because it’s his or her better side in photos.
While it may seem trivial, the reason why this is the standard position dates back to hundreds of years ago - and it's not exactly romantic.
According to The Knot, the practice dates back to the times of "marriage by capture", which yes, was as horrible as it sounds.
It involved the man simple capturing (read: kidnapping) the woman he wanted to marry and is actually reportedly still practised in some countries in Central Asia and parts of Africa.
Because of the nature of the bride "selection," the groom needed to stand on the right so his right hand (aka his fighting hand) would be free to draw his sword without injuring his bride to defend her against any daring suitors who might try to steal her at the last minute. (Post continues after gallery.)