I was invited to a 60th wedding anniversary party a few years ago. What I enjoyed most about it was that they had her dress on a manniqiun and had their scrapbook with photos of their life and the printed napkins and matchbooks they had used at the reception and other momentos.
I am a sucker for momentos and memorabilia and the dress was gorgeous. I like seeing how different the styles were. So we could all use our dresses (and Newf's flannel shirt) at later upcoming momentous birthdays or anniversaries (not Newf though on the anniversary) to display. Mine is a typical 80's style. It would get laughed out of the room today.
My dad was married before he married my mom. He got married right after WWII and silk was still in short supply. He had managed to come home with his parachute (he was a navy pilot) and the bride's mother made the white silk into her daughters wedding gown. I've seen the pictures of it and it was gorgeous. I have always thought that was such a cool thing (and secretly wished it had been MY mother who got the parachute wedding gown)