Wedding Traditions and Fashion from the 1860s to 1930s Opening Reception April 6, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$5 for members; $10 for non-members

1870s Wedding Dress, courtesy of Sarah Grote Photography
Two-piece cream silk faille and organza wedding gown with orange blossom garland, made in Paris, 1875, for an American bride’s October 16th wedding representing the height of Gilded Age fashion. Collection of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Sarah Grote Photography.

From simple, at-home ceremonies to lavish events modeled on Queen Victoria’s to weddings of young heiresses of Gilded Age fortunes that commanded social-page attention, this exhibition will explore the evolving nature of weddings and the socio-economic changes of this timeless tradition during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Dining and Drawing Rooms of the Mansion will display luxurious artifacts and accessories, as well as elaborate wedding gowns, while the Servants’ Quarters of the Museum will highlight ceremonies of immigrant brides who, once settled in the United States, desired to follow American customs and fashions.

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