DID YOU KNOW…
The term “wedding breakfast” applied to the meal served at the reception, whether it be morning, noon or night.
The bride’s parents provided her trousseau, consisting not only of her dress, but her household linen as well.
The groom sent a corsage to the bride to wear with her going away suit.
Invitations were sent out just three weeks before a formal wedding, and two weeks before a more relaxed gathering.
The original favor for guests was actually a piece of wedding cake to take home. Only the bride, groom, wedding party, and close friends might be served at the reception.
The groom’s gift to the bride was to be for her adornment. In other words, whatever jewelry he could afford.
The dress for the maid or matron of honor was similar in style or color to the dress for the bridesmaids, but was not to match precisely.
The bride’s family home often served as the reception site.
Wedding gifts received in advance of the wedding were opened, with thanks written immediately, and then displayed at the reception.
Between the ages of 16 and 40, a bride was to wear a white dress with veil at her wedding, but beyond 40, a cocktail dress in a pastel shade was preferred.
The groom gave his ushers ties and gloves to wear at the wedding as a gift. Their other attire was to coordinate but did not need to match exactly.
Except for the most extravagant weddings, floral decoration was often limited to the wedding location. Simple greens were used at the reception as flowers were thought to detract from the bouquets and dresses of the bride and her attendants.
Guests in mourning were not required to wear black on the occasion of a wedding. Instead, the color to wear was violet.
Black fruitcake was the traditional wedding cake, and the most expensive. White cake and pound cake became more popular due to cost.
Attendants did not stand all on the bride’s side or all on the groom’s side. Rather, half of each (bridesmaids and ushers) stood on each side, with the maid of honor and best man standing alone behind the bride and groom respectively.
The receiving line included the mothers of the bride and groom, but not the fathers. The former, as the host, circulated among guests, and the latter, as a guest, could do as he liked.
Sarah Carey is The Glamorous Housewife Etiquette Expert. You can read more about her here.