Emily Post wasn't the only one who wrote books on etiquette, and surprisingly, the wedding traditions were the ones that she could be most relaxed about. However, there were plenty of other staunch wedding traditionalists out there writing the rules on politeness. Clara de Chatelain wrote "Bridal Etiquette" in 1856 and outlined rules pertaining to weddings. One of them even says that telling people you have just been wed is a big faux pas. Once the couple leaves for their honeymoon, they are to stop talking about the wedding because it's over.
One thing you'll notice about historical wedding traditions is that a lot of them were based on keeping evil spirits away, confusing the evil spirits or bringing good luck and good weather to the day. Those traditions have been updated to fit the modern era, but some are just flat-out interesting. Did you know it was commonplace for brides to have complete control over the color of their wedding dress? It wasn't until religion became the forefront of weddings that the virginal white became a tradition. But a lot of strong women have followed those traditions, and a lot have not. Plan a wedding based on historical traditions and we'll tell you which strong woman you are!
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