, and although trends come and go, there are some things that will never get old.
While brides in recent years have experimented with the "naked dress" trend, a has remained most enduring: wedding dresses with long sleeves, à la (pictured at left), and .
We'll always love a long, flowing veil. For her wedding to Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth, pictured on the left, famously saved up ration cards to buy her dress and veil. Today, the romantic trend continues, as seen on the Queen's granddaughter-in-law, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
The romantic, feminine fabric is a perfect fit for the big day, whether adorning invitations, tablescapes, or the bride herself. Just take this 1920s picture of movie star Mary Pickford for example.
Audrey Hepburn wore a wreath of roses to wed Mel Ferrer in 1954. The flowers themselves might fade, but the look will last forever.
They say trends are cyclical, but this is one that's never really gone away. Carrying a clutch of cascading blooms, like the design by at right, calls to mind brides of earlier eras, including Mary Pickford in the '20s and more recently, Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1981.
You know the old rhyme: "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe". There's a reason the tradition is continued today — good luck never gets old.
Brides and grooms used to carry handkerchiefs (like the one in John F. Kennedy's pocket, at left) to catch tears of joy. Your grandma probably passed down the very hanky she used on her wedding day. Wrap it around your bouquet, or order some that are personalized (such as the ones on the right) from ) to give to your bridal party.
We can't help falling in love with larger-than-life wedding cakes, like the one at in 1967. Fads like , , and miniatured versions will come and go, but traditional tiers are totally timeless.
Originally, the rice-tossing tradition was a way to wish the newlyweds fertility and prosperity. Modern brides and grooms might swap in petals, bubbles, confetti, and more, but the sentiment is the same. (Don't worry: That myth about rice being dangerous for birds .)
The getaway is the exclamation point on the end of a happy wedding day, and it's absolutely ageless — especially when the car is outfitted with tin cans and a "Just Married" sign. Make sure you get a few photos inside, like this classic capture from Elizabeth Taylor's 1950 wedding to Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr.