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Groom wearing military uniform, with his bride in 1942

A bridegroom (sometimes shortened to groom) is a man who will soon or has recently been married. A bridegroom is typically attended by a best man and groomsmen.


The style of the bridegroom's clothing can be influenced by many factors, including the time of day, the location of the ceremony, the ethnic backgrounds of the bride and bridegroom, the type of ceremony, and whether the bridegroom is a member of the Armed Forces.

National or ethnic traditions[edit]

Responsibilities during the ceremony[edit]

In Anglo-American weddings, the bridegroom will often give a short speech after the reception, thanking the guests for attending, complimenting the bride, thanking members of the wedding party, and possibly sharing a "roast toast", in which he makes jokes at the expense of himself or a member of his party. His speech will normally be followed by one from the best man.


Of the four things Muslim bridegrooms look for in a spouse, i.e. wealth, family status, piety and looks, religious piety is the most important, according to Sahih Bukhari.[1] The youngest bridegroom in modern times was South African Sanele Masilela, who got married at the age of nine.[2] If marrying a woman, his partner is usually referred to as the bride. The gender-neutral word spouse can also be used for both heterosexual and same-sex partners.


The term bridegroom dates to 1604, from the Old English brȳdguma, a compound of brȳd (bride) and guma (man, human being, hero). It is related to the Old Saxon brūdigomo, the Old High German brūtigomo, the German Bräutigam, and the Old Norse brúðgumi.[3][4]


  1. ^ ISLAMIC book MAN - A Wonderful Creation: - Page 214, Hasan Khan Deshmukh - 2010
  2. ^ Kelly, John (2014-07-18). "South African schoolboy aged NINE marries 62-year-old woman - for second time". Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  3. ^ Hoad, T.F. (1993). English Etymology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 50. ISBN 0-19-283098-8. 
  4. ^ Klein, Ernest (1971). A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language Dealing with the Origin of Words and Their Sense Development Thus Illustrating the History of Civilization and Culture. Amsterdam: Elsevier Pub.Co. p. 324.