Many brides agonize over finding their dream wedding dresses, but newlywed Allison Rinaldi didn't waste one second thinking about it. Rinaldi followed a family wedding tradition and wore a 127-year-old gown that has been passed down for generations, sccording to a recent segment on the Today Show,. The off-white silk brocade wedding dress features a high neckline and 3/4-length sleeves and was originally purchased by her great-great-grandmother, Nellie Campbell, in 1884. That certainly takes care of the "something old"! The dress was worn again in 1941, 1975, and in 1982, when her mother wore it down the aisle.
Rinaldi says she believes the dress is lucky, and expects to have a long, happy marriage just like all the prior brides who wore it. Her mother said the secret to preserving the gown is wrapping it in linen sheets and ensuring that brides slip into a different dress for dancing and cake at the wedding reception. The most amazing thing about this longstanding family tradition: Five women were able to fit into the same dress.Check out this clip of the newlywed and her 127-year-old wedding gown.