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The most heartwarming and cherished moment of any wedding is when the groom first lays his eyes on the bride when she’s walking down the aisle. But, have you ever wondered why the tradition dictates that grooms don't see the bride before the wedding ceremony? Let's delve into the tradition and significance of this age-old custom below.

Here’s Why A Groom Should Not See His Bride Before the Ceremony

1. History Says…

In ancient times, it was believed that if the bride and groom saw each other before the actual ceremony it would lead to bad luck. It was also believed that evil spirits or jealous suitors might try to harm the bride before the wedding, keeping her hidden until the ceremony.

2. Building the Anticipation

Apart from the superstition and the old beliefs, the other reason why the bride and groom are kept apart till the ceremony is to build anticipation and excitement. By keeping them apart till the stage or wedding mandap will lead to the most emotional and dramatic expressions that one can only hope for on the wedding day!

3. The Emotional Aspect

Every day leading to the wedding day is a rollercoaster ride for the bride and groom. And, it is the big day that these two are extremely emotional. Naturally, when the bride and groom see each other for the first time, decked in wedding finery is a moment that even the guests look forward to. The raw emotions are out in the open and the tradition somehow seems not so bad.

4. For Getting Surreal Photos

From a practical standpoint, adhering to the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony also provides an opportunity for capturing the groom's reaction as he sees his bride for the first time. And, these are the wedding pictures that you will always look at and cherish!


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Here's Why Grooms Traditionally Don't See the Bride Before the Ceremony

by Shweghna Gursahaney

Here's Why Grooms Traditionally Don't See the Bride Before the Ceremony