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It's a tradition to see brides at weddings on the left side of the groom, but have you ever wondered why?

"Marriage by capture," as the practice is historically known, is not an easy task. The idea of ​​a man abducting a woman to make her a bride has been practiced for thousands of years, in Greek mythology, in the Bible and in endless historical accounts.

While there is still kidnapping by the bride in Africa, Central Asia, and elsewhere, her legacy has unexpectedly settled in the Western world – as the bride and groom are at their weddings.

Traditionally, the bride is standing on the left side of the altar and the groom is on the right. It's no coincidence, according to The Knot and Compton's encyclopedia: In historic, daring times, a man had to keep his right arm free to draw his sword.

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