Wedding cakes were initially thought of as a luxury item, as the refined sugars needed to make pure white frosting were very expensive. In fact, the term "royal icing" came about thanks to Queen Victoria and her extravagant, multitiered white-frosted wedding cake. Pictured here is a wedding cake from 1930.
Proof that couples have been attempting unique and quirky weddings for decades: This couple seals the deal with a kiss on a surfboard on December 3, 1932, just off Catalina Island, California.
The first issue of BRIDES magazine hit newsstands in 1934 under the title So You're Going to Be Married, before being renamed.
Famed English tennis player Eileen Bennett wed racehorse trainer Marcus Marsh on September 28, 1936. She often wore headbands on the court and chose to walk down the aisle in a headpiece and long veil, which were in fashion at the time.
King Edward VIII gave up his crown to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American, on June 1937. At just 326 days, Edward's reign was one of the shortest in British history.
Sixteen-year-old Marilyn Monroe (then known as Norma Jean Baker) married her 21-year-old neighbor, James Dougherty, on June 19, 1942.
Jazz singers Nat King Cole and Maria Ellington wed on Easter Sunday in Harlem, New York.
Necklines plunged during 1949, and wedding gowns were no exception. Shoulder-length, curled hair was also in style, and veils became shorter and simpler.
Eighteen-year-old Elizabeth Taylor wed the first of her seven spouses, Conrad "Nicky" Hilton, 23, on May 6, 1950. Their Bel-Air Country Club reception was Hollywood's social event of the year. Liz wore a gown by designer Helen Rose, who created both Taylor's wardrobe in Father of the Bride (released in 1950) and Grace Kelly's wedding dress.
In September 1953, the media turned its spotlight to John Kennedy and Jackie Bouvier, as the famous couple wed in Rhode Island. Jackie's Battenburg lace dress was made from 50 yards of material, and she donned a veil that was originally worn by her grandmother. BACHRACH/GETTY IMAGES
Actress Olivia de Havilland donned a Christian Dior wedding dress with a high neck and long sleeves while filming the romantic comedy The Ambassador's Daughter, which was released the following year.
A wedding for the history books, Grace Kelly wed the Prince of Monaco in 1956, making the Hollywood starlet a real-life princess. Her wedding dress, designed by Helen Rode of MGM, is known as one of the most iconic wedding dresses and of all time— it's now on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood celebrated their firstwedding on December 28, 1957 in Arizona. The couple divorced in 1962, only to rekindle their relationship and marry again in 1972. GETTY IMAGES
Popular singer and actor Annette Funicello married her agent, Jack Gilardi, on January 9, 1965. GETTY IMAGES
The popular '60s trend of brides wearing short wedding dresses was still going strong at the end of the decade, and some brides opted for a hat as opposed to a veil. Audrey Hepburn went for both trends, wearing a short dress and a head-covering. HANDOUT
In the1970s, wedding trends were all over the map, with brides wearing everything from traditional gowns to pantsuits. This was the decade when men started sporting colored tuxedos, too. H. ARMSTRONG ROBERTS/CLASSICSTOCK
For her wedding to Rod Stewart in April 1979, Alana Hamilton wore an off-the-shoulder dress and a crown of baby's breath. RON GALELLA
Welcome to the1980s—the decade of poofy shoulders, taffeta, lace frills, and cathedral trains.
The 1981 wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles was an absolute game changer in the wedding world. An estimated 750 million people watched the ceremony on television—and soon brides everywhere were demanding a fairytale wedding.
After Princess Diana's wedding, everyone began channeling their inner royal. Extra lace accents, longer veils, and bigger bouquets abounded. Figure skater Dorothy Hamill married Dean Paul Martin in 1982, complete with—you guessed it—a big bouquet and lace details.