Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wedding Terms

So I will be getting married this year and I was confused about some terms used so I thought I should do some research... a few things I came across:

Maid of Honor vs Matron of Honor
The difference between a maid of honor and a matron of honor is the difference between a "Miss" and a "Mrs." However, the role she fills for a bride is a matter of honor, no matter her marital status.

Who Shall it Be?
A bride-to-be asks a close friend or relative to be her chief attendant for the wedding. If she is a married woman, her title is Matron of Honor. An unmarried woman is a Maid of Honor. Today, it is not uncommon for a man to be chosen for this role. He is called a Man of Honor.

Whatever title the bride's chief attendant bears, the only required duty is to be present at her wedding. However, a Maid of Honor may be asked to assist with other wedding duties.

Originally, a Maid of Honor was the female attendant to a queen.

Roman weddings required 10 witnesses for a wedding, and these witnesses were dressed to match the bride and groom. This prevented evil spirits from finding the true wedding couple, and it is considered the origin of the Western wedding party.

The most important duty of this chief attendant is to support the bride during this special celebration.

~Information eHow~