I've had a lot of fun researching this wedding. At left is a gown, circa 1854. The bridal corset below is a bit later. And the wedding bonnet at the last is from 1830 or so. White wasn't always the most popular color for brides. That's more a modern invention. During colonial times the preferred color was yellow. In the scene I'm writing, my 1822 bride wears blue ~ "Married in blue, ever true." A bit of white heather in the bouquet was considered lucky. May was avoided as an unlucky month as was January. Superstitions abounded!
Mrs. Lindsey Duncan
announces the marriage of her daughter
Mr. Willie J. Blanton
Thursday, June the twenty-second
nineteen hundred eleven
after July the fifteenth
*The bride was dressed by her "best maid" and every article had to be new
*The bride's party had to reach the church first
*The groom could not see the bride the day of the wedding till the ceremony (that hasn't changed!)
*The present of a hat was often given to the minister
*Bride's cake was often hidden beneath the pillow of an unmarried girl in hopes they'd dream of their future husband
*Honeymoons, or wedding journeys, often lasted a month or more
I'd love to hear about your wedding, whether in person or on paper or the one you're dreaming of! No doubt it will help my storybook nuptials:) Did you observe any traditions or hope to?