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1920s Wedding Dresses

1920-1930 Photos of Real People in Weddings
Fashion History 1920s

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1920-1930 Wedding Fashion of Real People

Fashion History - 1920s Wedding Photos

These are original family wedding photos of ordinary people in special occasion clothes taken between 1920 and 1930.  They include weddings of 1921, 1923, 1924 and 1930.  My special thanks to Carol Morgan of Cardiff who went to considerable trouble to send me these images.  Like many people who inherit boxes of old photos, Carol was fascinated by her finds. She had never seen some of these old photos until a relative died in her ninetieth year.   All old wedding photos on this page were taken in the Cardiff area of UK.


These wedding photos should not be published/used elsewhere - 
Copyright  2005-2009.

Wedding Photos - Edith and Bert 1923

The wedding couple Edith and Bert Courtney 1923  Wedding Group Photograph of Edith and Bert Courtney 1923

Plenty of lower calf leg is on show compared to the longer lengths of another era in 1910, but the skirts are still not truly short.  That came in 1926 when skirts reached the knee.   You can see some flapper photos here. You can read more detailed text about 1920s fashions in flapper fashion.

Old photos can be useful when tracing family members and narrowing down search dates, but mystery can surround them too.  In this old photo below both women carry bouquets, but it is not known which woman here is the bridesmaid and which the bride or it may be that both were bridesmaids. The woman on the left wears a more pastel dress and her hat does have some veiling evident.  But the woman on the right carries a much larger more elaborate sweet pea bouquet and it is traditional that the bride has the most ornate flowers.  Perhaps the couple on the left are an older sister or brother. Both women wear typical 1920's style Mary Jane ankle strap shoes.

You can see more twenties line drawings at the silhouette's page on the 1920s here - 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924.

 Fashions of October 1930 - Hilda's Wedding Photograph

Immediately below - October 1930, Hilda's Wedding photo. Click for an enlargement of this delightful photograph.  Hilda's dress has a hemline covered in feathers.  The dress is much longer than through the 1920s and after a sudden drop in hemlines in 1930. 

October 1930 Hilda's Wedding.

October 1930 Hilda's Wedding.

Directly below is Hilda as a young woman circa 1920.

Hilda as a young woman circa 1920.

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See more late 1920's line drawings here.

You can read more about 1920's fashions in flapper fashion.  You can read how to date an old photo in this section here.

Page added 2 June 2005


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