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"What are some unique traditions and stories from great-aunt's weddings that I can use for inspiration in my own wedding?"

In the 1950s, it was a common tradition for wedding dresses to be made of expensive materials like silk, satin, or lace, and adorned with intricate beadwork.

In some cultures, the bride's veil is meant to symbolize modesty and purity, while in others, it is used to ward off evil spirits.

The tradition of the groom wearing a wedding ring only became popular in the 20th century.

Prior to this, men did not typically wear rings.

The phrase "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" comes from an Old English rhyme and is meant to bring good luck to the bride.

In some Eastern European countries, it is customary for the groom to carry his bride over the threshold to protect her from evil spirits.

In ancient times, wedding ceremonies often involved the sacrifice of livestock as a symbol of the couple's commitment to each other.

The tradition of the bride tossing her bouquet dates back to ancient Greece, where it was believed that the woman who caught it would be the next to marry.

In some cultures, it is considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony.

During the Victorian era, it was popular for brides to wear orange blossoms in their hair or bouquet as a symbol of fertility.

The custom of having a wedding cake dates back to ancient Rome, where a loaf of bread was broken over the bride's head to symbolize fertility and good fortune.

In some Asian cultures, it is traditional for the bride and groom to serve tea to their elders as a sign of respect and gratitude.

The tradition of the best man originated in medieval Europe, where he would serve as a "bodyguard" for the groom and help him abduct his bride if necessary.

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