The custom of the groom carrying the bride over the threshold is a very old one. As rumor would have it, traditional European weddings were followed by bride kidnappings. So it was customary for the groom to whisk away with his bride and to hold her close so that no one could kidnap her.
According to www.theknot.com The ancient Romans started this custom. The bride had to show that she was not at all crazy about leaving her father's home, and so she was dragged over the threshold to her groom's house. Others once believed that evil spirits would try to enter the body/souls of brides so if she walked, it would be an easier way for the spirits to enter her body, alas therefore, she was carried. Either way, it is sometimes still performed at some weddings today. It is very romantic and makes for a great photo op.
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