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From: "Jenny's E-mail" <>
Subject: Re: [TRIVVIES] Wedding dresses - was hats
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2005 07:56:31 +0100
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I got married on 5th June 1971. The previous year my husband's cousin had
got married on the 6th June and it was a blazingly hot day.
Not in 1971. It was really cold, so our next door neighbour brought in a
vest with short sleeves for me to wear under my wedding dress, she said it
could be the "something borrowed".
My Mum had made my dress and finished it the day before after much angst and
rows, I think it had turned out to be harder than she had thought, then she
couldn't get the buttons she had wanted for the sleeves and had to cover
I had a ivory brocade dress, round neck, full length with a tiny train. Long
sleeves that were pointed at the end with these damn buttons, three on each.
Very plain, and straight. I had a veil with little flowers around the edge,
and carried a white prayer book my brothers gave to me with a little ribbon
hanging down from it with yellow rosebuds on.
I had five bridesmaids, as we started out with one, and the list just grew
as it does sometimes with families, when younger members want to dress up.
Had my hair cut to a bob from shoulder length to make me feel grown up, and
then it was plastered so much in hair spray by the hairdresser it took days
to comb out, it was set like concrete!
I was 19 and David was 24. Still together, he hasn't put on much weight, his
hair is thinning, but I have doubled in size.

Jenny K.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lizzie Love" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2005 11:47 AM
Subject: Re: [TRIVVIES] Wedding dresses - was hats

I wore a classic white brocade dress for my first wedding in Colchester,
January 1961, boat neck, pointed sleeves buttoned from elbow to wrist, long
train, no frills. Large flat bow over the derriere. The veil was short on a
small head-dress of pearls and white roses. I carried yellow roses. My very
long hair was cut and permed on the orders sof my foster-parents who said
long hair would show I was still out to attract men. I was eighteen. I
looked 30.

For my second wedding, Kirriemuir Registry Office, May1969 I wore a navy
miniskirt, flowered lawn blouse with frilly front, and long, long pigtails
to below my waist. I carried no flowers. The groom wore navy trousers, a
bushy beard and a pink paisley shirt with long collar points. The best man
wore his lovat tweed demob suit and a tyrolean hat with a foot long feather.

For my third wedding, to Neil at Richmond Registry Office, November 1981, I
wore a midnight-blue djelabah encrusted with silver embroidery, my long hair
swept up in a chignon cupped in an antique tortoiseshell mantilla comb. I
carried two huge cream incurved chrysanths, with blue iris and gypsophyla.
Neil wore a tan wool jacket and dark brown trousers. Twenty-two years later
he wore them to his cremation, having not gained an ounce in all those
years. My wreath was of the same flowers I carried then.


> I wore a long, plain, white dress with a train & on my head I wore a
Juliet cap with a long veil. I didn't want a fancy headdress or tiara cos it
was too *girly* !!! The dress was very plain cos I was told that anything
flouncy & *fairytale Princess* would only draw more attention to my size !!
So, being a rather shy & gutless 20 year old, I went plain. My only regret
now is that I didn't have just a little bit of fancy.
> :o))
> A Maid of Kent, UK.
> Your county needs YOU !!!
> Looking for ancestors in Kent ? Try:
> ;-} Even a nudist wedding?
> Ok - what did we all wear for our nuptials? Fancy long gowns with the
> flowing trains? (have you seen the prices on those things!?) Chaste
> suits?
> I wore a white lace, long sleeved, high necked - mini skirted - dress.
> Scandalized some of my kin.
> Linda
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