Wedding Dresses and Gowns 1880s-1930s
The ever-present wedding gown or wedding dress is a costume worn by the bride during the wedding ceremony. White wedding dresses were the most common during the 1880s through the 1930s and followed current fashions often by including decorative frills and lace.
The large double page picture given this month represents an elegant French wedding. The bride is attired in flowing white robes, and the guests are all beautifully gowned. The husband is in evening dress. This is usual in Paris, although it looks out of place to English eyes.
You have decided that you will be married in white satin. Then, too, you are to be, as the children say, “a real bride,” for you will wear a veil. The most becoming and the most suitable veil for a bride is that of tulle, which very full and reaches almost to the edge of the train in the back.
The luxurious fabrics associated in this gown, together with the perfect adjustment, make the mode one of spectacular beauty. Heavy white satin combined with all-over lace was used in the development, with ribbon, lace edging, chiffon ruchings and artistic arrangement of orange blossoms for garniture.
A more elegant wedding gown could scarcely be desired than the one portrayed here, developed in ivory white satin and all-over lace. Frills of lace, white satin ribbon, and sprays of orange blossoms are employed as garniture. The dress shows the faultless adjustment which distinguishes the princess modes.
For the bride of the near future, a more charming wedding gown could not be desired than the one pictured here, developed in white satin Duchesse combined with all-over lace.
The wedding bouquet, once considered indispensable, is now often replaced by a prayer book bound in ivory, white silk, or perhaps a piece of the material from which the wedding gown is fashioned. When the bouquet is carried, it should be enormous and tied with white ribbon, the ends of which fall far down upon the gown in front. Orange-blossoms are seldom made up into bouquets, lilies-of-the-valley, bride roses, orchids, white lilac, sweet peas, and chrysanthemums being the flowers most favored, or a combination of several of these is often employed.
There was a time when there were but two materials that were considered suitable for the wedding gown; namely, silk and satin. However, today the wedding dress may be selected from a variety of fabrics some of which are very inexpensive but none the less lovely and adaptable to the rather simple and graceful lines that characterize this gown.
It is understood of course that in every case the bride’s trousseau is given her by her parents, or by a very near relative of her own family, but she cannot with dignity accept such a gift from others, least of all from her betrothed or any member of his family.
It is in this thing that the real art of draping the wedding veil lies, its security and its becomingness. The back view of a beautiful veil is hardly apt to be unbeautiful, no matter how unskilled the hands which put it on. It is the front view that determines the fitness of the draping to the features.
Hardly less in importance to the question of the bride’s attire, no less certainly when the picturesque effect of the processional is considered, is the question of the bridesmaids’ gowns. For here selection must make or mar the picture.
Deciding on your wedding day? Is June better than November? Here is a poem that describes the fortunes of those who marry during every month of the year.
The outfits at a quiet home wedding are less elaborate than they would be had the function a more imposing one. Frequently—and especially when no reception follows the ceremony—the bride is married in her going-away gown, which should in all cases be of inconspicuous color, though the manner of its making may be as stylish as one pleases.
Trousseaux and wedding gowns, bridesmaids in open revolt over the cut of their dresses and the size of their hats, inconspicuous bridegrooms, and small flower-girls swelled with importance who fancy the whole wedding revolves around them— it is a busy month, isn't it?
The girl who is obliged to consider expense very closely in the buying of her trousseau will probably deny herself the luxury of a wedding-veil, wearing a becoming bandeau of ribbon and orange blossoms instead.
A cute story about two weddings that took place during 1911. One taking place in South Africa, and the other an outdoor wedding in New England. Lucy describes the event and the apparel worn by the bridal parties at both weddings in this enjoyable short story.
The new styles this year seem to be, by some kind fortune, especially appropriate for bridal attire. The bertha or fichu drapery of lace, which is so in vogue this year, is a particularly graceful finish for a wedding gown.
Bridesmaids' gowns during the past few years have become the means of communicating to the feminine world the latest dictates of fashion. The large coterie of friends of the bride nowadays displays the most kindly interest not alone in the bridal gown, which is of course of the utmost importance, but also in the frocks worn by her attendants.
This spring's brides are rejoicing over the opportunity fashion has afforded them of being picturesque. Among their trousseau gowns, several charmingly feminine frocks may be included, which by their very quaintness lend the impression that the wearer has just stepped out of the frame of some old portrait of the 1830 period.
As this issue of our magazine is primarily intended for the bride-to-be and her needs—elaborate or simple, whichever they may be—it seems most appropriate for me to offer on these pages suggestions for lingerie.
Of all the costumes which are worn in one brief lifetime, the most sacredly alluring is that of the wedding hour. So long as the world moves there will be brides, and so long as there are brides there will be fashions.
The wedding laces, particularly the veil, may be said to perpetuate the romance interest and a refining element in esthetic taste to a point above that of any handiwork within world history, the veil perhaps best illustrating the imaginative appeal of the gossamer filaments of this art of fairy-fingers.
Although changes in wedding customs have gradually been brought about, the changes that are of greatest interest have occurred not because of new laws of etiquette and of dress, not by such trivial reasons as those in which dressmakers, florists, and caterers are concerned, but by more important conditions affecting the families of multimillionaires.