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January 20, 2017

Who Doesn't Love Old Wedding Snaps? Here Are 20 Lovely Candid Wedding Photographs From the 1940s and '50s

Wartime weddings often left little time for preparations. According to a 1942 issue of Vogue, "Weddings nowadays hang not on the bride's whim, but on the decision of the grooms commanding officer. He names the day when he grants that unexpected furlough... The 1942 schedule may run something like this: engagement announcement on Monday, invitations sent out by telegraph on Wednesday, the last handful of rice and rose petals flung on Saturday.

The 1950s was a decade defined by decorum, elegance, and etiquette. Traditional, classic wedding receptions featured Wedgewood china, white roses, cut glass, and silver on damask cloths. Brides often married in somber suits and celebrated with a quiet meal and a few friends just years before. Now they wanted lovely gowns and large wedding cakes. Many celebrities who married in the 1950s had exquisite cakes that inspired brides to this day.


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