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While a wedding itself is a tradition, often brides and grooms wear pieces of clothing or accessories that are heavily laden with tradition—be it family, cultural, or religious. Items are often handed down through families for generation after generation.

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Mrs. John Conzelman wore this embroidered net veil, ca. 1865.
Gift of Mr. Christian Peper
26861
Elise Morrison purchased this fan with mother-of-pearl guards and appliquéd lace monogram in 1868 at A. Rodien, a Paris firm, with money sent by her groom, William Pettus. Mother-of-pearl and lace were typical for wedding fans.
Gift of Mr. J. Harold Pettus
26863
This white cotton sateen and mesh corset belonged to Ida Rose Uhri of St. Louis, Missouri ca. 1885.
Gift of Jean Maritz Hobler
2686
Mrs. Louisa Wilhelmina Humm Frenz wore this woven wire bustle made by Taylor’s, Paris, France in her wedding ca. 1903.
Gift of Dr. Richard E. and Nell Pinckert
26873
This brown velvet wedding bonnet, from about 1875, of Mrs. James F. Graham of Carrolton, Missouri, has faille ribbon, glass bead, and feather ornamentation.
Gift of Mrs. H. Wade Choate
26866
Carried by bride Mary Loire in 1963, this white cotton and lace handkerchief was passed down through several generations of women in her family, starting in 1925.
Gift of Mrs. John T. Loire
26897
This jewelry set made by Harrington Co., Columbus, Ohio, including necklace, bracelet, and brooch, was presented to Virginia Lafayette Royall by James Alexander Henderson for their marriage on April 21, 1859. Virginia later gave it to her daughter Evelyn when the latter married Herbert W. Snow on December 2, 1896. Upon Evelyn’s death it was returned to Virginia and kept in trust for her grandson Royall Henderson Snow. Royall Snow and Dorothy Carter were married November 9, 1935.
Gift of Mrs. Royall Henderson Snow
26857, 26858, 26859
These kid leather gloves were worn by Maude Rozier for her 1870s wedding.
Gift of Mrs. Charles L. Harrison
26865
Traditionally, brides carried bouquets of flowers and herbs chosen for good luck, fertility, or vitality. This bridal bouquet dates to 1874 and was carried by Sophia Tuholske. The bouquet contains wax orange blossoms, a trend that was started by Queen Victoria when she wore orange blossoms at her wedding in 1840.
Gift of Mrs. Arthur A. Scharff Jr.
26864
This silver bouquet holder was used by Marcia Smith (later Mrs. Edwin E. Willis) when she was a bridesmaid for Julia Hull in St. Louis in 1855. Theophile Papin, her groomsman, gave her the holder.
Gift of Mrs. Newell S. Knight
27021
This green hand-painted silk crepe garter and sachet with lace trim was used in the 1933 wedding of Marie and Julius Boyanchek.
Gift of Ms. Martha Goetz
26898, 28196
Zoe Sallie Valle Rozier wore these knit stockings with a blue embroidered floral pattern for her 1839 wedding in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. 
Gift of Mrs. Charles L. Harrison
26854
Pearle Pierce wore these silk stockings and satin shoes at her marriage to Eben Richards on April 15, 1896, at Christ Church Cathedral.
Gift of Mrs. Eben Richards
26872, 26891
Pearle Pierce wore these satin shoes at her marriage to Eben Richards on April 15, 1896, at Christ Church Cathedral. Gift of Mrs. Eben Richards 26872, 26891
This porcelain wedding cake ornament decorated the wedding cake of Molly Jean Wilson and Stuart Norman Senniger at their December 17, 1942, marriage.
Gift of Ms. Elsi Dodge
27029
This basket was made in Germany for use by flower girls, 1935.
Made by Ray Williams
Gift of Ms. Shirley H. Harris
27026
Gertrude Edna Richardson used this accessory set, including mitts and purse, during her April 30, 1903, wedding to William Clyde Wood in Webb City, Missouri.
Gift of Mrs. Dorothea Wood Elliot
26895, 28195
Gertrude Edna Richardson used this purse during her April 30, 1903, wedding to William Clyde Wood in Webb City, Missouri. Gift of Mrs. Dorothea Wood Elliot 26895, 28195
When James H. Davis Jr. married Deborah Maynard on June 17, 1995, he used this hat, with matching cummerbund and lapel pin, in an Afrocentric ceremony at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Alorton, Illinois. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James and Deborah Davis 27017, 27018 ,27019
When James H. Davis Jr. married Deborah Maynard on June 17, 1995, he used this set of accessories, including a hat, cummerbund, and lapel pin, in an Afrocentric ceremony at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Alorton, Illinois.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James and Deborah Davis
27017, 27018 ,27019
This linen handkerchief, ca. 1850, used by Louis Britt, was passed to him by his mother with a note stating, “My Dear Lou—This handkerchief was used by your father forty-seven years ago on his wedding day. I think you will take much pleasure in using it now on yours.”
Gift of Mrs. Louise Price Britt
27009
Henry Martyn Noel used this pair of boots at his November 12, 1867, wedding to Julia Edwards Graves in Springfield, Missouri.
Gift of Mrs. James M. Carpenter
27012
This stock was worn by Meriwether Lewis Clark at his January 1834 wedding to Abigail Churchill.
Made by J. Tennant, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gift of Mrs. Harry Seeley
27004
M. B. Greensfelder wore this ribbed cotton pique bowtie during his September 7, 1870, wedding.
Gift of Mrs. Carl S. Ebert
27014
This white satin yarmulke was worn by Paul Gastwirth as part of the Jewish ceremony at his wedding on September 2, 1962.
Gift of Ms. Darlene Sugerman
27016
Men who could afford it might order a fancy waistcoat, such as this one worn by William C. Tyler, 1853.
Gift of Miss Emily Partridge Eaton
27010

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