I had a wonderful time recetly visiting an old village church in the middle of a very rural county – they had an exhibition of Wedding Dresses through the decades. It was a great idea – the church team had advertised asking for any locals who still had their wedding dresses to loan them for the weekend. Other folk kindly provided mannequins and dress dummies and yet more kindly people did the printing and publicity materials. The entry was only £1 per person – seriously under valued! I’m not sure what started this idea, maybe the vicar had seen or heard about a similar venture elsewhere. The theme was to celebrate the joy of marriage – and probably, the joy of getting married in her church! The dresses and other little bits and pieces loaned ranged included 4 from the 1940s, bearing in mind all these had been obtained with clothing coupons and serious restrictions, it is no wonder they have been kept and cared for so lovingly. There were 31 ensembles from the 40’s through to June of this year. A wonderful testament to the craft of making wedding dresses and the whole trousseau.