Why does the bride stand on the left?

NicoleMaui Photography

As a Maui wedding photographer, I had always wondered why the bride always stands to the left of the groom so, I decided to check it out. Here’s what I learned.

Bride on the Left…

The origin of the bride standing on the left goes back to the days when the groom would capture his bride by kidnapping her.  If the groom had to fight off other suitors, the groom would hold his bride-to-be with his left hand allowing his right hand to be free to use his sword.


Maui Photographer- Nicole Sanchez