Only in Samantha Saves the Wedding
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Looking Back: Weddings in 1904
Discusses weddings in turn of the century America. Topics covered:
- Different events where young ladies and gentlemen would meet for the first time
- Typical courtship activities of the time, such as playing games, bike riding, or visiting amusement parks
- How a gentleman would propose to a lady for marriage
- The placement of the engagement ring on the fiancée's left hand due to the belief a vein in the third finger ran to the heart
- Gifts exchanged between the betrothed couple and communications in the mail
- The details that went into the wedding planning, from the date, month, and down to the hour
- The popularity of June weddings
- Society weddings of the time, such as the wedding of Consuelo Vanderbilt and Charles Spencer-Churchill
- Typical fabrics and detailing of the wedding dress
- Alice Roosevelt's influence on society weddings and ladies' magazine when she married Nicholas Longworth
- The use of different flowers to convey their significance, or floriography, in wedding bouquets
- The bridesmaid's involvement in the bridal party
- Hidden charms baked inside the bridesmaids' cake that would foretell future events for the bridesmaids
- Common church and home wedding decorations of the time
- The tossing of shoes at the carriage following the ceremony by the wedding party to ensure good luck for the newlyweds
Activity: Make a Tussie-Mussie
Instructions on how to make a tussie-mussie, a bridesmaid bouquet.
- The illustrations of the bridesmaid dresses were pink in the short story's original publication (both the magazine and the stand-alone volume). Following the release of Samantha's movie, the dresses were recolored lavender to resemble Samantha's Bridesmaid Dress and the flowers to pink when the story was republished in Samantha's Short Story Collection.
- It was reprinted again in the Nov/Dec 1996 issue, again under "A Most Exceptional Bridesmaid."
- Samantha's Teacher's Guide specifies March.
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