Like most things, weddings have changes throughout the years. Trends go in and out of style, new songs become the favorites, old dresses or hairstyles make way for updated versions. In a series of posts, we'll talk to brides and grooms who had their weddings at least 10 years ago. We'll look at what's different about weddings, what's the same, and maybe even score some cool ideas from the past to incorporate into today's ceremonies!
Year married: 1979
Carole had an indoor wedding in a small chapel that was set up just for her ceremony. Her big day took place at the Non-commissioned Officers Mess at Westover Air Force Base. Here she tells us all about getting married at the end of the 70s.
Tell us about your wedding. Our wedding was planned as a big party. We had good food, good drinks and good friends and family there with us. That's pretty much the only thing I and my husband wanted. It was my second wedding and I would have been happy with dinner out after the ceremony but my Mother-in-Law really wanted a wedding and so she planned the entire thing and it was lovely.
Were there any popular trends you included? The only trend I can think of is that all of the dresses were long.
What did you and your partner each wear? My dress was fairly simple and baby blue with cotton lace trim that extended up the back and sides of my neck. It had a sweetheart neckline and my maid of honor wore light peach. Wearing a colored dress for a second wedding seemed to be a trend as I had friends and relatives who dressed similarly for their 2nd wedding. My husband wore a light blue tuxedo with a ruffled shirt. For 1979 we were styling!
What's a memory that really stands out from your wedding? A memory that stands out would be dancing the night away and drinking way too much. Other than that there was a guest who wore a light tan suit got very tipsy and ended up laying down in a puddle in the parking lot!
What advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today? Find your Church and hall and then look for your other vendors. Ask your friends who they had for DJ, photographer etc. Word of mouth is the best way to find really good people. Relax and enjoy the process. Understand that no matter how much you plan and double check everything something will go wrong. When it does..you can say "oh, well" and carry on with the festivities or let it ruin your day, I recommend the former!
As the wife of a wedding photographer I have this advice. Be sure you like the photographer you choose, he or she will be with you for the entire day. You'll have a much better time if you get their sense of humor and you actually like them. If you're going to skimp on something don't make it the photographer. When all is said and done, the cake will be eaten, as will the dinner, the limo will drive away, the music will end, and the flowers will die, but if you have pictures of all of those they will last forever and you will have captured many happy moments of your day.