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A bridegroom (usually shortened to groom) is a man who is about to be married, or who has just been married.
A groom is typically attended by a best man and groomsmen.OverviewA bridegroom in India, wearing silk clothes and a garland of flowersCirca 1926. It's difficult to see in the photo but this groom is wearing black gloves with his suit.
The style of the groom's clothing depends upon the time of day, the location of the ceremony, the style in which the ceremony is performed, and whether the groom is a member of the armed forces. In most parts of the world, active-duty members of the military and some law enforcement agencies wear their military uniforms instead of civilian clothing.
Western traditions usually have the groom wearing a suit of an appropriate level of formality to the occasion and the time of day. In the US, the groom usually wears a dark-coloured suit (daytime) or tuxedo (evening) during the wedding ceremony. British tradition, for a formal wedding, requires groom, male ushers and close male family to wear morning suits. In Scotland, a full evening suit is customarily worn for evening ceremonies, often comprising a kilt.
The groom usually wears neckwear that fits the attire he is wearing. Most grooms will wear a bowtie to match their tuxedo or suit as this is the most formal neckwear in the series. A cravat is usually more flamboyant and less formal and is worn with morning suits. The four in hand tie is also becoming more common due to the easily obtainable variety.
At most weddings, particularly in western cultures, the Groom will give a short speech after the ceremony. His role is to mainly thank the guests for coming to the wedding, compliment the bride on how wonderful she is, thank both sets of parents, and anyone else who has made a contribution towards the day. His speech will normally be followed by something similar from the Best Man. More recently, the speeches have often become less formal, with both the groom and best man incorporating props, songs, rhymes and even video footage into their speeches.Etymology
The words bridegroom and groom have two different etymologies.
Bridegroom, dated to 1604, is from Old English brȳdguma (related to Old Saxon brūdigomo, Old High German brūtigomo > German Bräutigam, Old Norse brúðgumi), a compound of brȳd "bride" and guma "man, human being, hero", Middle English gome, altered by assimilation to groom, of unknown origin. The word groom is already recorded in the 13th century with the meaning "boy", but only in the 17th as "bridegroom".