A bride is a woman about to be married or newlywed. The word may come from the Proto-Germanic verb root *brū-, meaning ‘to cook, brew, or make a broth’ which was the role of the daughter-in-law in primitive families. In Western culture, a bride may be attended by one or more bridesmaids. Her partner, who becomes her spouse after the wedding, is referred to as the bridegroom (or groom).

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