Some authors believe that the best man derives from ancient customs of marriage by kidnapping, or from defending the bride from would-be kidnappers who may have been employed by the bride's parents to obtain their daughter's return forcibly!
Nowadays, of course, we know the Best Man as someone who:
- assists the groom on the wedding day,
- keeps the wedding rings safe until needed during the ceremony,
- acts as a legal witness to the marriage, and
- makes a toast to the bride and groom at the reception/wedding breakfast. (The Best Man used to read out telegrams from absent guests and now may read out wedding cards)
This wedding took place at the lovely Rhinefield House in the New Forest and the bridegroom and best man were checking the rings! Whew, that's a relief then they have remembered them!
Now booking for 2011 and still at 2010 prices if booked before end of September!