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Weddings were typically small affairs for most Americans in the early 19th century. The ceremony was often performed at home, and a honeymoon trip was unlikely. This photograph of a 20th century wedding party taken around 1920 illustrates how weddings changed by the turn of the century. They had evolved into more expensive, elaborate events that included a white gown and flowers for the bride, and attendants for both the bride and groom. Wedding trips were more common, as well; Niagara Falls, New York, was a particularly popular destination.
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