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THE WEDDING
Out-of-town weddings became more common thanks to cars, and dancing became popular.
Popular dances included the Turkey Trot and the Hesitation Waltz.
BRIDE'S STYLE
  • Edwardian style gowns
  • Lace details
  • High waistlines
  • Short sleeves
  • Curled and pinned up hair
FASHION ICON
  • Queen Victoria (she wore a white dress to her wedding and the trend stuck)
GROOM'S STYLE
  • Jackets with tails
  • Short hair, side-part
  • Moustaches
ENGAGEMENT RING
  • Delicate
  • Platinum
  • Lacy wreath designs
THE WEDDING
Elopements became popular during this time.
BRIDE'S STYLE
  • Knee length dress
  • Straight silhouette
  • Intricate beading
  • Detailed embroidery
  • Headpieces
  • Skull cap veils
  • Short "bob" haircuts
FASHION ICON
  • "Flapper" style was the most popular
  • Some considered this the "Gatsby" look
GROOM'S STYLE
  • Cane as an accessory
  • Short hair, parted down the middle, slicked down
ENGAGEMENT RING
  • Modern
  • Geometric
  • Colorful gems such as rubies and sapphires were popular
THE WEDDING
Only 70% of couples reported holding a wedding ceremony at this time.
Those who did commonly used black and white art deco decorations.
BRIDE'S STYLE
  • Nicest dress already in wardrobe
  • Short dresses and womens' suits were common
  • Dresses that could be dyed/worn again
  • Finger waves hairstyle
FASHION ICON
  • Wallis Simpson, Dutchess of Windsor
GROOM'S STYLE
  • Over-sized suits
  • Pocket squares
  • Medium length slicked back hair
ENGAGEMENT RING
  • Geometric
  • Modern
  • Art deco
THE WEDDING
Due to the war, weddings were planned on extremely short notice.
A bride often only had days to plan before her fiance came home.
Ceremonies in churches and band music were popular.
BRIDE'S STYLE
  • Handmade gowns
  • Ballerina length
  • Rounded shoulders
  • Sweetheart necklines
  • Elbow-length sleeves
  • Victory roll hairstyle
FASHION ICON
  • Queen Elizabeth II
GROOM'S STYLE
  • Men started to wear wedding bands
  • Military uniforms were popular
ENGAGEMENT RING
  • Gold rings with sapphires and rubies were common
  • Rings were very feminine and often featured bows, florals, and curves
THE WEDDING
Church weddings were popular, with white roses and china dinnerware.
BRIDE'S STYLE
  • Sweetheart necklines
  • Mid-calf length
  • Full skirts
  • Fitted bodices
  • Lace details
  • Short veils
  • Gloves
  • Attention to shoes
  • Curled, pinned back hair
FASHION ICON
  • Grace Kelly
  • Elizabeth Taylor
GROOM'S STYLE
  • Double breasted suits
  • Longer hair, parted to the side, combed back
ENGAGEMENT RING
  • "Stackable" rings became popular
THE WEDDING
Daisy accents were often used as decorations.
BRIDE'S STYLE
  • Arm-length sleeves
  • High waistlines
  • High collars
  • Lace
  • Short veils
  • Pill box hats
  • Floral embellishments
  • Backcomb hairstyle
FASHION ICON
  • Jackie (Bouvier) Kennedy
GROOM'S STYLE
  • Velvet suits
  • Wore hair length past ears
  • Moustaches
ENGAGEMENT RING
  • Emeralds became the popular jewel of choice
THE WEDDING
Outdoor ceremonies became popular.
BRIDE'S STYLE
  • Lowered, square necklines
  • Loose, flowy
  • Long, ruffled, batwing sleeves
  • Long, loose hair with flowers
FASHION ICON
  • Princess Anne
GROOM'S STYLE
  • Velvet suits
  • Facial hair
  • Chin-length hair
ENGAGEMENT RING
  • Square "princess" cuts became popular
THE WEDDING
This decade was the start of videography and oversized bouquets became popular.
BRIDE'S STYLE
  • Big, puffy, full-length sleeves
  • Sleeves gathered at wrist
  • Cathedral length trains
  • Lace edged frills
  • Big, teased hair
  • Headpieces
  • Full length veils
FASHION ICON
  • Princess Diana (her wedding style started the "princess" era)
GROOM'S STYLE
  • Tuxedos
  • Mullets
ENGAGEMENT RING
  • Sapphires became popular
THE WEDDING
Destination weddings and weddings held at hotels and country clubs became popular.
BRIDE'S STYLE
  • "Princess" style (early 90s)
  • Big, teased hair (early 90s)
  • Fitted silhouettes
  • Minimal style (late 90s)
  • Simple, straight hair styles (late 90s)
FASHION ICON
  • Carolyn Bessette
GROOM'S STYLE
  • Black suits
  • Long hair
ENGAGEMENT RING
  • Diamond solitiares became a standard
THE WEDDING
Personalized vows became popular in the early 2000s.
BRIDE'S STYLE
  • Strapless
  • Embellishments
  • Minimal accessories
  • Long, straight hairstyles
FASHION ICON
  • Jennifer Aniston
GROOM'S STYLE
  • Colored vests
  • Spikey hair
ENGAGEMENT RING
  • Big
  • Bold
  • Emerald cut
THE WEDDING
Retro weddings have become a popular concept and it has become important to the couple
that they make the wedding enjoyable for their guests from music to food and entertainment.
BRIDE'S STYLE
  • Texture
  • Lace
  • Beading
  • Veils
  • Fitted/"hip-hugging"
  • Loose wavy hairstyles
  • "Undone" hairstyles
  • Flower crowns
FASHION ICON
  • Kate Middleton
  • Lauren Conrad
GROOM'S STYLE
  • Grooms began expressing their personal style
  • Colored suits
  • Vests only
  • Suspenders
  • Sweaters
ENGAGEMENT RING
  • Anything goes with ring style this decade
  • Rose gold
  • Personalization