Today, when one thinks of weddings they don’t think of evil spirits. Weddings instead are seen as celebrations—happy events.
But one wedding tradition still observed today came about because of an ancient Roman belief. The Romans believed brides had to protect themselves from evil. They thought merriment attracted evil spirits—not to mention rejected grooms.
So a tradition began during this time to assure the bride and groom were protected from demons and angry ex-boyfriends.
All the females in the wedding party dressed the same as the bride. This was to confuse anyone or anything with ill will. It was a trick to keep the wedding couple safe—so they could get through their vows unhindered.
This belief of demonic wedding crashers persisted well into the Victorian era when it finally petered out. At this point brides began to dress more elaborately than the maids in their wedding parties.
What lingers from this protective ritual is the fact bride maids still dress in matching dresses—most of them unflattering.