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The Way Weddings Were - Part 1


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Over the years wedding trends have circled around and what was old is now new again. Wedding traditions that have their origin from Ancient times are still around today with some slight tweaking of course. Brides would wear a white gown to symbolise their purity, wedding rings would be exchanged and in doing so would protect the newlywed couple. Bridal parties were established to confuse the evil spirits as they would not know who the real Bride and Groom were and the veil came about from the Husband throwing a blanket over his intended Bride to whisk her away out of the village. My husband throws a blanket over me to stop me from talking.

It is truly fascinating to learn about the customs and origins of the wedding ceremony and it is interesting to also note how over time our own values and beliefs have changed. The thought of a man and woman living together was considered a sin way back when is actually quite normal now. Same as children being born out of wed lock. Weddings are a choice now and if you don’t want to marry the one you love, you don’t have to, but many will walk down the aisle to declare and celebrate their marriage with their loved ones in the eyes of the Church. You can also opt to have a civil ceremony if the church is not your thing. The ages of people getting married for the first time have also risen and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, findings published in 2007 show that in 1988 the median age at marriage for men was 27.8 and for women 25.4 now jump to 2007 and that age has bumped up to 31.6 for men and 29.3 for women. My nan married my pop when she was fifteen and he was nineteen!

Divorce is now also the norm, avenues are now set in place for people to call time on their marriage without too much hassle – Kim Kardashian is a perfect example after 72 days of “Wedded Bliss” she has filed for divorce. There is also a push for equal rights with the gay and lesbians wanting their marriages to be legal. I understand this – I absolutely love my Guncle (Gay Uncle) and want him to have the same love and happiness that I have in my marriage and for his marriage to be recognised just the way mine is – but that is a tricky one and people can agree to disagree. My point is my goodness how much has changed yet somehow is still the same!

I was a baby when I married. Just a few months shy of my 23rd birthday and Mike was 27. We had been living together for 3 and a half years before we got married and to be honest I was quite happy to plod along the way we were, I didn’t feel the need to get married one bit. Growing up I never paused to think about my wedding, I used to tell my parents I would be a spinster with heaps of cats. For me I love Mike and marriage was a non-issue. Mike on the other hand wanted the wedding. He almost feinted when I put it to him we just happily stay defacto. We could have kids and it would all be cool. No, he wanted the ceremony, the reception, the whole shebang and if my parents had not been posted to where we were living at the time, Mike and I would still be together (now 10 years with our kids) and still defacto. As it was I managed to drag our engagement out to almost 2 years! Don’t get me wrong though, I love weddings. I loved seeing my friends tie the knot – it was awesome and I had so much fun in putting my own wedding together but I guess I am more laid back. As long as I have Mike and our children, to me all is good in my world!

I am going to cover Old Style Hollywood, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s weddings. What they were like, what that time was like and how you could do a bit of tweaking to make it a little more modern (i.e. no flared trousers and porn moustaches!). Despite being born in the 80’s I love the 40’s and the 70’s. The clothes (especially the jewellery), the music, it rocks! Rachel Zoe, fashion guru to the stars is also a fan of all things 70’s. Old Hollywood Glamour never loses its touch with weddings today. It is fun to look back at these weddings and have a giggle but also go “Oh I really like that!” and then you can incorporate anything from these eras and add your own twist to it. First things first though, you need to get your hands on a great Wedding Planning book and Pink Frosting just so happen to sell them!



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