When you say “I do,” do you really know what you are doing? Today’s 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 couple’s imagination and creativity while mirroring the fashions and customs of the day. With every couple’s pledge—in the midst of new and old customs—comes 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.