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Wedding Dresses

When you say I do, do you really know what you are doing? Todays wedding couples rarely think about the ancient array of rituals and superstitions they are keeping alive, but the roots of these traditions run deep. At the same time, each wedding is one-of-a kind, shaped by each couples imagination and creativity while mirroring the fashions and customs of the day. With every couples pledgein the midst of new and old customscomes the heartfelt hope that they will weather the swells and swales of their life forever.

The dresses featured here are on exhibit in "Happily Ever After" at the Minnesota History Center.

See historic wedding images from the Lee Bros. photography studio in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Learn how best to clean and store a wedding dress. Conservators offer their knowledge and advice on how best to care for you own personal treasures.