Groom wearing military uniform, with his bride in 1942
A bridegroom (sometimes shortened to groom) is a man who will soon or has recently been married. A bridegroom is typically attended by a best man and groomsmen.
If marrying a woman, his partner is usually referred to as the bride. The gender-neutral word spouse can also be used for both heterosexual and same-sex partners.
The style of the bridegroom's clothing can be influenced by many factors, including the time of day, the location of the ceremony, the ethnic backgrounds of the bride and bridegroom, the type of ceremony, and whether the bridegroom is a member of the Armed Forces.
National or ethnic traditions
Responsibilities during the ceremony
In Anglo-American weddings, the bridegroom will often give a short speech after the reception, thanking the guests for attending, complimenting the bride, thanking members of the wedding party, and possibly sharing a "roast toast", in which he makes jokes at the expense of himself or a member of his party. His speech will normally be followed by one from the best man.
The term bridegroom dates to 1604, from the Old English brȳdguma, a compound of brȳd (bride) and guma (man, human being, hero). It is related to the Old Saxon brūdigomo, the Old High German brūtigomo, the German Bräutigam, and the Old Norse brúðgumi.
- ^ GroomPower.com
- ^ Hoad, T.F. (1993). English Etymology. Oxford: Oxford Universtiy Press. p. 50. ISBN 0-19-283098-8.
- ^ Klein, Ernest (1971). A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language Dealing with the Origin of Words and Their Sense Development Thus Illustrating the History of Civilization and Culture. Amsterdam: Elsevier Pub.Co. p. 324.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:41:15 -0700
Priest gives bride and groom an amazing surprise. Surprises at weddings are NBD, but when it's the priest who's knocking the bride and groom off their feet, that's another story. Chris and Leah O'Kane had no idea as they walked down the aisle that ...
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:45:00 -0700
It's peak wedding season right now in the Houston area, with couples walking down the aisle from Conroe to Galveston. Increasingly the groom's cake has become a bigger attraction at the wedding reception, with intricate designs and themes ruling the day.
New York Daily News
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:15:30 -0700
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A child bride forced into marriage in Nigeria killed a groom and three of his friends with a poisoned meal, police said Thursday. Fourteen-year-old Wasila Umaru was married last week to 35-year-old Umaru Sani, according to ...
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:41:15 -0700
This ceremony took an amazing turn after the bride busted out with a heartfelt and highly apropos cover of country star Carrie Underwood's touching single "Look At Me." Singing the lyrics as an expression of her own feelings for the awestruck groom ...
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:54:15 -0700
Bride and groom Mairead McCargo and Rob Wilson are teachers at The Matthews Academy of Irish Dancing, and formerly toured with the iconic "Lord of the Dance" for eight years. And we all make a note: "Attend the weddings of professional dancers." ...
The Express Tribune
The Express Tribune
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:26:39 -0700
Rafiq Ahmad, one of the groom's parties, said the bride's family had refused to entertain the wedding party when they reached the venue in Patraki village on Lahore-Chiniot Road half an hour before the scheduled time. “There was an argument. However ...
Sun, 06 Apr 2014 07:15:39 -0700
Justice of the Peace Jerry Cibley says the fire began at the end of the wedding just as the bride, groom and their wedding party walked down the aisle. He tells the paper he had "just pronounced them husband and wife" and that the couple were ...
The Plain Dealer
Sun, 06 Apr 2014 11:02:52 -0700
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Police are investigating after a groom was stabbed at his own wedding reception on the city's East Side Saturday. Detectives from the Cleveland Division of Police's 4th District are investigating the stabbing, which occurred around 10 ...
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