Then and Now: Updating a 40’s Wedding for Today

Ah, the 1940's. It was an interesting time for weddings. There was a war on and people rushed to the alter. This was also when the wedding ring for men was introduced (daughters learned to “brand” there men going off to war after seeing what their mother's went through in World War I). We can learn a lot about wedding planning and styling from the days of matching wedding party muffs, kicky hats for the brides, and men in uniform.

Ah, the 1940's. It was an interesting time for weddings. There was a war on and people rushed to the alter. This was also when the wedding ring for men was introduced (daughters learned to "brand" there men going off to war after seeing what their mother's went through in World War I). We can learn a lot about wedding planning and styling from the days of matching wedding party muffs, kicky hats for the brides, and men in uniform. For example, take the classic 1940's wedding party:

Then and Now: Updating an 40's Wedding for Today
Images Courtesy of: The Quagliata Family Genealogy Project, David's Bridal, and Tree Photography

Having the maid of honor wear a different dress from the bridesmaids was HUGE in the 1940's. Maybe it was a way to conserve fabric or maybe it was a nice nod to the wedding party hierarchy but one things for sure – it's a great look. Check out the two 2010's wedding parties - the tasteful mismatched maid of honor dresses are a great way to update this 1940's trend.

And now those fabulous 1940's bridal hats:

Then and Now: Updating an 40's Wedding for Today
Images Courtesy of: Getty Images, Urbanbridesmaid, and Vagabondando

During this time period, ladies wore hats (and gloves). Period. Update it for a wedding today by going for something a little less structured, wearing a birdcage veil, or stick to a hat in the same color as your dress.

The point of this post? To show you that it IS possible to update your family's Must Dos (from the 1940's) into something contemporary and stylish.

How would you update a vintage 1940's wedding trend?

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