Recently I stumbled upon an old copy of “The Bride’s Book of Etiquette” by the editors of The Bride’s Magazine. Originally published in 1948, I have the “New and Revised” edition, updated and republished in 1968.

While vintage advice is somewhat outdated (in reading up on fashion trends for this edition, I came across advice like “bridesmaids always wear gloves to complement the length of their sleeves,”) I was struck by the way the tradition carries throughout the years.

The basic blueprint of a wedding hasn’t changed much over the past century, but what has changed is the styles and fashions. Brides are incorporating more and more of their own personal tastes into their special day, and even bridesmaids are getting a say in their dress and hairstyle.

Some show exceptional deviation from the norm like Kendall Bledsoe’s Halloween wedding, a bold and classy take on themed events (check out “Devilishly Delightful” to a get a glimpse of this hauntingly joyous affair). Others stick to the standards but find a way to add a pop of their favorite colors and create a unique look and feel for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

We also get the inside scoop on the newest trends in dresses, accessories and jewelry. It turns out, that old adage “what is old, is new again” holds true for bridal adornments — vintage and classic styles take center stage for fall weddings.

We also have suggestions for tightening and toning with crossfit so that when you do find that perfect dress, it fits perfectly. From head to toe, we have expert advice so that you look and feel your best when you’re ready to don that dress.

As always, we ask you to send us your own wedding photos and you will find all of our beautiful local bride submissions on pages 26-35.

I was so enamored by the vintage trends and the silly old bridal etiquette book that found its way to me, that I wanted to pay tribute to those vintage brides who first popularized those styles. Check out the back page for some fun photos and if you have old wedding photos from friends or family, we love to have you share them with us! Send your vintage or antique wedding photos to to see them published in the next edition of Chesapeake Brides.

Congratulations to all the newlyweds!

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