Bridegroom's Men

In the Roman marriage by confarreatio, the bride was led to the Pontifex Maximus by bachelors, but was conducted home by married men. Polydore Virgil says that a married man preceded the bride on her return, bearing a vessel of gold and silver. (See Bride Cake .)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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