The modern bridal party dates back all the way to Roman times, according to legend, when the law required 10 witnesses at a marriage. Some time down the line, the legal requirement turned into an optional tradition that now includes elaborate bachelorette parties and matching dresses on the day of. Over the past century, the styles have evolved, with accessories like matching gloves and hats going out of style. Still, the specialness of having the support of your closest friends and family members has remained constant. Take a look now at vintage bridal parties. While you likely won't envy the shoulder pads, you might get some inspiration from the more glamourous styles of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s.