Nancy King has been researching the history of weddings in general and how that history applied to Lawrence County weddings for the special presentation March 15.
"Weddings continued to evolve with the 1850’s introducing the use of music in the ceremony, especially Wagner’s Bridal Chorus. In the 1860’s the tradition of using bridesmaids was introduced and by the 1880’s it became important to document the day with a photo. Home weddings were still the vogue in the 1890’s and by 1900 the tradition of including something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue was introduced. Weddings generally became more elaborate from 1900 to 1930. When the country experienced the depression and the economic hardships of that time, many brides opted to simply wear a dress that they already had and many used a hat to replace the veil. Wartime weddings of the 1940’s were often planned quickly after learning when the groom would be home on furlough. In the 1950’s, after the country began to recover from the war, weddings became more formal and were usually held in the church. The wedding industry boomed and weddings went in many new directions."
The Lawrence County Historical Society will be presenting this special program “Wedding Memories Through the Ages” on March 15, 2014 at the Bridgeport United Methodist Church. The program will focus on the history of marriages in Lawrence County and will include a slide presentation of many local weddings. Special music, displays and modeling of vintage wedding gowns will be featured.
You don't want to miss this event! Tickets on sale now at the Finishing Touch, Lawrenceville Greenhouses, the Museum, the Genealogical Library, and Jane's Salon. Call 618- 943-4317 to hold tickets for pick up at Church for out of town guests.
Wedding Memories Through the Ages
Lawrence County Historical Society
Saturday-March 15, 2014 at 2pm
Bridgeport Methodist Church