Something Old: Vintage Wedding Traditions to Make Your Own

Ceremony & Vows
Old Fashioned Wedding Traditions

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Want to add a little vintage charm to your wedding day? Look no further than these adorable old-fashioned wedding traditions, and turn something old into something new—and totally you.

Cans on cars: Decorating the getaway car with cans, streamers, signs, and painted messages isn't something you see as often these days, but it was popular in our grandmothers' generation (just look back at vintage movies for proof!). While the exact meaning of this tradition is unknown, historians believe it originated in France in the 1600s and caught on in the U.S. as settlers made their way to America.

A glass of sherry before walking down the aisle: In the past century, it was customary for the wedding party to make a toast before the ceremony officially began, and sherry was usually the drink of choice. We say yes to that tradition (except we might opt for champagne or a signature cocktailinstead)!

Bouquets all-around: In past centuries, the bridal bouquet wasn't the only show-stopping flower arrangement on the wedding day. The mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom both got to join in on the floral fun, because each typically carried a bouquet of her own. So long, corsages.

All eyes on the bride's shoes: Of course, you've put a lot of thought into your wedding shoes. Flats? Heels? Wedges? Whatever you choose, consider adopting these two footwear traditions: Years ago, it was customary to slip a silver coin in the bride's shoe for good luck—and it was customary for the bridesmaids to sign their names on the back of one of the bride's shoes! (Just, um, don't do that if you're splurging on Manolos!)

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