Summer is the season for weddings. In order to plan the perfect one, you don't need to hire an expensive wedding planner. Everything you need to know can be found in these vintage magazine illustrations.
The wedding has to be just right. After all, you've been dreaming about this for a long time.
You'll need to pick out a wedding dress...but it shouldn't be too costly. Best to invest the money elsewhere...
by unknown artist, American Magazine, July 1950
You can also save costs by wearing a relative's veil...she probably has it stored away.
by Constantin Alajalov, Saturday Evening Post, July 7, 1947
Speaking of headpieces, your bridesmaids will need some to complement their dresses...
by Garrett Price, New Yorker, June 20, 1953
And your flower girl will need a hat.
by Augusta Reimer, Ladies' Home Journal, March 1912
by Theodore G. Haupt, New Yorker, June 4, 1932
And don't forget to register for gifts...you can't go wrong with sterling silver.
by unknown artist, Ladies' Home Journal, 1948
Or silverplate ...
Of course, you'll need the groom ...
by Frederic Stanley, Saturday Evening Post, April 30, 1927
Although getting him to pop the question might take time ...
by Jay Hyde Barnum, Saturday Evening Post, September 21, 1940
Don't forget to register for the marriage license...after all this planning, you want this to be official.
by Norman Rockwell, Saturday Evening Post, June 11, 1955
On the big day, remember to brush your teeth...
by unknown artist, Cosmopolitan, September 1941
And rinse with mouthwash ...
by unknown artist, Good Housekeeping, October 1953
There should be plenty to drink at the reception...
To go along with the cake ...
by Harry Anderson, Saturday Evening Post, July 7, 1951
And check that the car you drive off in is fuel efficient.
by unknown artist, Saturday Evening Post, 1958
Follow all this advice, and your wedding should be perfect...with no surprises.
by Robert O. Reid, Collier's, August 25, 1934
Next week ... tips on the perfect marriage.
The Augusta Reimer image, the Savings Bond ad, and the Listerine ad are from the Periodicals Collection.
The Robert O. Reid image is from the Charles Craver Collection.
All other images are from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive.