WEDDINGS
09/11/2014 03:55 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Here's What Marriage Advice Looked Like In 1893

It's not uncommon that as we get older, friends and family start doling out advice for our future (sometimes hypothetical) marriages. "Find a man that makes you laugh," they say, "Never go to bed angry," and even the classic, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach."

But back in the late 1800s, marriage advice for brides-to-be looked a lot different.

The following photos were posted to Reddit recently of a "wedding autograph book" from 1893. Inside, nineteenth century relatives of Agnes Nevin offer up their love advice -- and while it's unclear from the photos if Agnes was single, engaged, or soon-to-be married at the time, it's clear matrimony was on everyone's mind.

This is the first page of the "wedding autograph book".

"Agnes is your name, Single is your station, Happy be the little man, That makes the alteration."

"Cousin Agnes, When you get married, And live up stairs, Don't get proud, And put on airs."

"Take my advice and married be, Before you are over twenty-three."

"Dear Agnes, Let your life be like a snow-flake, which leaves a mark but not a stain."

"Dear Sister, May your pathway through life led [sic] you into fields of happiness, Where none but friends sincere await, To welcome you."

For even more pages from Agnes' wedding book, check out the full album.

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