Wedding Gowns Throughout History - Part 1

Wedding dresses haven’t always looked like they do today. Over the past 100 years, brides have transitioned between many different styles in terms of length, sleeves, and even color. Bridal Couture of the Palm Beaches is always right on top of the trends, but we also have several different styles for our brides to choose from. Take a trip back in time with your favorite Florida bridal salon to remember and appreciate the different styles and aesthetics of years gone by.



1900s

Queen Victoria set the trend for affluent brides to wear white, while other brides kept to the usual colors of the time such as pale pink and mauve. Gowns in the early 1900s had wide, puffy sleeves and high, collared necklines. Beneath the gown was an S-shaped corset to slim the stomach and accentuate the bust. Long trains and long gloves were common as well. Brides often wore veiled hats to top off the look.

1910s

Dancing grew in popularity during this decade, brides’ wedding gowns became more mobile, proving a flowing silhouette to be necessary. Waistlines also began rising higher introducing the empire waistline. Intricate lace designs covered the dresses, and brides ditched the long, puffy sleeves for short, to-the-elbow sleeves. A veiled hat was replaced with a veiled headpiece with floral or lace detailing.

1920s

During the peak of the Jazz Age, brides had to up the ante when it came to danceability. A shorter and straighter silhouette with a swing hemline was popular during this time. In true flapper fashion, many brides chose to wear a dropped waistline and a flapper headband. Cloche style veils were attached to the flapper headband and often flowed all the way into a train. Art Deco-inspired beading and embroidery was also a top choice for wedding gowns.

1930s

Wedding gowns during the Depression era were often not traditional wedding gowns at all, but simply the nicest dress a bride owned – due to the economic hardships. These gowns were mostly floral printed and calf-length. If a bride did choose to purchase a white dress for her wedding day, she usually chose a gown that could be dyed and worn again. Wedding gowns were still made, though typically made from rayon, which is more affordable than silk. Hats took the place of veils in this decade.

1940s

Wartime weddings were often performed under strict time constraints and at the notion of the groom’s commanding officer. Wedding gowns often reflected the practicality of wartime women. Dresses needed to be short enough to ride a bike, shoes durable enough to walk miles, and jackets buttoned high enough to provide warmth. A simple veil topped a bride’s head, sometimes even made from lace curtains or furnishing fabrics.

Many modern brides like the challenge of putting a modern spin on some of these older styles. Vintage looks have resurged within the past few years, and themed weddings have allowed for flapper looks to resurface. Bridal Couture of the Palm Beaches has a wide selection of bridal gowns, as well as bridal accessories, bridesmaid dresses, and flower girl dresses. Call the best bridal salon in Florida to set up your appointment today.

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