Weddings Throughout the Years

The History of Weddings in a Not So Boring Kind of Way

It’s hard to imagine wedding planning before the days of blogs, Pinterest, cameras, and fancy white dresses! Have you ever stopped to wonder where some of the popular wedding traditions came from? Well if you haven’t, we bet you are now that we brought it up, so let us paint you a picture.

The bell rings and your History Class begins NOW…did you picture it? I bet you did…

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1. The tradition of bridesmaids wearing matching dresses dates back to ancient Rome. Bridesmaids not only wore the same dresses as each other, but also as the bride…say whhhaaaaa?... to act as decoys against evil spirits and exes. You never know when one of those regretful exes will show up and object, and what better to scare them off than an ugly bridesmaid dress…that we know you will never wear again no matter how much the bride says, “you totes can!” The idea was that the bridesmaids could confuse the spirits and save the wedding from any ill will, let’s just hope the groom doesn’t kiss the wrong girl.

2. Queen Victoria was the first to wear white on her wedding day in 1840 and by the early 20th century the color choice was cemented among higher class, wealthy, brides. The trend did not take off with middle class brides until after World War II when laundry techniques became more advanced. So ladies, we don’t care if it is 1840 or 2017, unless you are the bride, don’t wear white…or ivory or off white or anything that resembles anything close to what the bride will be wearing. You will have your day, but today is not that day.

3. The “wedding planner”, as we know it today, was first employed around World War 1 as formal weddings became more popular. Middle class families who did not have a full time “social secretary” realized they needed help keeping track of all the parties involved. So even back then someone was needed to round up all of you crazies that have too much to drink and believe sparklers aren’t actual FIRE and try to burn our hair every weekend. “Social Secretary”… hmmmmm should I change my title? I kinda like it.

4. The prominence of wedding rings for men grew during World War II, when many soldiers wore the ring as a comforting reminder of home. I guess they didn’t go golfing back then. “You lost your ring…again?”

5. In the early 1950s, CBS aired a day time television show called “Bride and Groom” where real life couples would get married on air. Jerry Springer should turn a new leaf and start a new series bringing this back.

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6. The cake at the 1967 wedding of Elvis Presley to Priscilla Beaulieu reportedly cost $3,200 – equivalent to $22,000 in today’s dollars! I bet the “Social Secretary” was on high alert that day for any out of control ring bearers trying to put their grubby little fingers into that icing.

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8. Pinterest launched in 2010… and our lives have forever changed. And until we all figure out that Pinterest is a conspiracy created by a group of men who are tricking women everywhere into cleaning, working out and cooking, we will use all of our time to pin all of the beautiful weddings and rings and flowers we can find… hopefully we will make some time to actually find the groom.

We had to throw in some honorable mentions. Inspiration throughout the years from our real heroes, TV and movie characters.


Bride of Frankenstein brought a whole new face to wedding day hair and makeup.

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“But uh, now you come to me and you say - 'Don Corleone, give me justice.' But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer friendship. You don't even think to call me Godfather. Instead, you come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you, uh, ask me to do murder for money.” Don’t mess with Family, especially on wedding day.

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An estimated 750 million people tuned in for the marriage of Lady Diana Spencer to Prince Charles – this paved the way for more lace, longer veils, and larger bouquets.

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Baby and Johnny gave America a new favorite first dance song after making magic on the dance floor in Dirty Dancing to “Time of My Life”. If I have said it once, I have said it a million times…”NOBODY puts Baby in the corner”.

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Steel Magnolias stole our hearts and Julia Roberts stole the show with not only this one but with My Best Friend’s Wedding and Runaway Bride.

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We got to see a different perspective when Steve Martin played the role of a weary Father of the Bride in, you guessed it, Father of the Bride.

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Monica and Chandler tied the knot on Friends leaving us to wonder if Rachel and Ross were ever going to make it down the aisle.

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Wedding Crashers made us realize that not only do the bride and groom have fun with their guests but that the uninvited may be sneaking in and enjoying that open bar and jumbo shrimp cocktail giving us planners just another thing to add to our check off list of things to look out for.

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The big, long awaited, Sex and the City wedding had us all on the edges of our seats. Carrie Bradshaw, go get your man, gurl!

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Want to know more? Click through this gallery for the full 100 years of wedding history.