Vintage Wedding Trousseaus
A bride's trousseau generally means the items, particularly the textiles, that a new bride brings into her marriage. Used broadly, the word "trousseau" could mean a bride's dowry, but usually these words are separated, so that dowry means items other than the bride's wardrobe.
Teenagers in decades past often gathered items of this sort in a hope chest - the "hope" being that the young woman would find a husband. Many period movies focus on this ultimate goal of "hooking a catch", and the clothes worn to entice and engage were of high priority.
Vintage trousseaus could include the bridal gown itself and the clothes worn leaving for the honeymoon. But of all the various items in a hope chest, the most intimate are wedding night lingerie.
Here are a few examples of these very special items, from the archives at VintageVixen.com: