"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" — it's a wedding tradition that began in the Victorian era along with several other practices that continue today. While "something old" should have once belonged to a happily married woman, "something new" is usually the bridal apparel. To guarantee good fortune, "something old" must be gold, and "something blue" symbolizes the heavens and true love. Rooted in the Victorian age are a number of classic customs, including the throwing of the rice, dove symbols, ringing church bells, and even the superstition of wearing white. Hoping to channel a bit of historical tradition on your big day? From lace accents to silhouette portraits, here are 40 Victorian-inspired wedding details that convey another time.
Weddings Through the Decades: Victorian Inspiration