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Why does the groom have a best man? - Among the Germanic Goths of northern Europe in 200 A.D., a man usually married a woman from within his own community. However, when there were fewer women, the prospective bridegroom would capture his bride from a neighboring village. The bridegroom was accompanied by his strongest friend (or best friend) , who helped him capture his bride.
The custom also may have come from the requirement in ancient Rome that at least ten people witness a wedding, some of them being the bridesmaids. And in the rough and tumble Middle Ages, before caterers and canapes, couples needed all the friends they could amass at their wedding because a bride's old suitor just might show up with his friends to kidnap her. Related:
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