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A wedding in the 1950s

July 27, 2011

The principal wedding trend in the 1950s was the return of dignity; Elaborate church weddings were….. There was, at the time a strict code when it came to attire and dress. Formal attire befitting of the occasion was donned by not only the bride and groom but the ushers and guests as well.

A fashion forward bride,much like the one depicted in the picture on the left, would have donned a wedding dress in the über fashionable ‘new look’ style that  was in vogue at the time. The ‘new look’ lasted for a number of years after it’s introduction.

This shorter length wedding dress made of tulle mimicked the style in  cut and length. In the  late 1950’s this was a look thought to be a very modern choice as opposed to the full length, traditional style dress. It was known as the ballerina length style. In modern times, this style might perhaps be considered for a civil wedding or a less formal affair. The dress featured shoe string straps, and embroidered bodice and sheer full length sleeves. Modesty was still the norm at the time hence the sleeves and stockings. The dress was crowned with a short veil and a Juliet cap perched atop a hairstyle of waves.

The Wedding Meal

The 1950s were a time for romance. Following the understated weddings during 1940s wartime, and the wartime  food rationing, the ’50s saw the return of lavish parties. 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. Wedding cakes were almost always rich fruit cakes with several tiers on platforms were all the rage in the 1950s. Cakes were stacked and covered with massive amounts of frosting and decorations. One trendy style was a cake made of tiers on platforms and separated by pillars. Many brides wanted ultra-tall cakes with as many tiers as possible. When movie star Grace Kelly became the princess of Monaco, she celebrated with an enormous, six-tiered cake.

Marriage and Divorce

Family life was very different in the Fifties. Divorce wasn’t common because of the social pressure attached to staying married. According to society, one was supposed to get married and stay married, regardless of how miserable you were. Divorce carried a stigma that plagued divorcees wherever they went. When people committed to each other in a marriage ceremony those days, they knew that when problems arose,they would tackle the problems together and solve them

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