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WHO WILL GIVE MEAWAY?

It is not the “whom” that counts, but the love that surround

While today the wedding tradition of walking down the aisle with your dad can be a super spe - cial moment, this is a custom that stems from the days of arranged marriages, when a father’s looming presence was a good way to prevent the groom from backing out. Now, you may ask yourself, why exactly might he back out? In those days a bride was considered a financial burden, who was essentially transferred from the household of her father to that of the groom. This situation, sometimes led to hesitation, on the part of the groom. However, the tradition of the father giving away his daughter has its roots in the days of arranged marriages. Throughout history, marriage was not about love,it was about money. It also was a way for the bride's family to climb the social ladder. Daughters were considered their father's property and the groom's family was required to pay a "bride's price," purchasing the bride from her family.

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