Why do we need witnesses for the wedding
Since ancient times in Russia was instituted a mandatory presence of witnesses (friends and groomsmen at a wedding. They performed as the official role - sign the certificates of marriage registration the marriage is not considered as registered), and participated in its organization (matchmaking, redemption, holding a feast, etc.).
But recently, the significance of witnesses have decreased their presence at the wedding is not mandatory, the painting is no longer needed. So, if you just registration of marriage without holding a celebration, most often the witnesses are not taken. But if you plan on quite a large scale event, it is best to have a few close people to support in this important moment. Of course, you can hire people (Toastmasters, etc.), but things like help the bride of podpravki appearance, moral support is very important.
Who can be witnesses
Who better to take the witnesses? Usually the wedding present the witness on the bride's side (her loved one) and a witness from the groom. Any rules and laws on this issue does not exist. It can be absolutely any people - relatives, friends, acquaintances, colleagues.
There are different superstitions about how to choose witnesses. But they are without any substantial Foundation and are nothing more than legends, repeatedly rehashed.
For example, you cannot take to witness married couple, as they soon after divorce (will give happiness to young). You cannot be married to someone of the witnesses, because this also leads to divorce. You cannot be divorced, because this will trigger a divorce the young. All of this is unsubstantiated and belongs to the same category of signs, such as: black cats, empty buckets, etc., it is believed that about married witnesses sign goes back to the days of Russia, when they were responsible for the young and if they divorce punished ruble. And then there is the embellishment.
If to start with more practical advice, it is best to choose witnesses or unmarried people (lovers) or family to the happy couple. But it's more to due various competitions (often at weddings they are quite Frank) then avoid any conflicts. Yes, and that witnesses are not distracted by their other halves is sitting at a party, and I was married and young. You must understand that this also should be people sociable and cheerful, who likes to be the center of attention, because they set the tone for most of the wedding feast.
In General, it is necessary to believe in omens (and just in case they follow) or invite someone you want to see their witness and can do without it - only you can decide.