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Samantha Saves the Wedding is part of the Short Stories collection, focusing on Samantha Parkington.



Only in Samantha Saves the Wedding[]

Story Summary[]

Meet The Author[]

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 ring finger, the vena amoris, ran directly 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.


SSTW comparison

Comparison of the original and recolored illustrations.


  1. It was reprinted again in the Nov/Dec 1996 issue, again under "A Most Exceptional Bridesmaid."
  2. Samantha's Teacher's Guide specifies March.
  3. While they are introduced in the series in Happy Birthday, Samantha! this is their first chronological appearance.