Trendsetting Queen Victoria inspired several modern-day traditions, including the white wedding dress. After her nuptials to Prince Albert, wearing white became de rigueur (before that, donning color was the thing to do), and a million couture fantasies were born as fashion became accessible to the average gal. Queen Victoria also introduced the idea of carrying fresh flowers in the bouquet -- prior to that, brides followed the Greco-Roman tradition of holding herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits. The queen’s offspring had a great influence on society too. After daughter Princess Victoria played Richard Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” at her wedding to Friedrich III of Germany, the song became the go-to tune for walking down the aisle. And though a French chef in the 16th century is often credited for the towering tiers we now know as wedding cake, son Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, served the first entirely edible cake at his nuptials (before then, many layers were made of pure sugar).