These Decades of Stunning Vintage Wedding Dress Photos Will Make You Long for the Past

Wedding gown styles may change, but lovely brides and sweet love stories stand the test of time.

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1902

Courtesy Mary Ann Gove

This is a photo of my uncle Lewis Wilhelm’s mother and father-in-law on their June 18, 1902, wedding day. —Mary Ann Grove (Check out these marriage tips from couples married 50+ years.)

1932

Courtesy Carmela Galanti

This beautiful flowing gown and veil was worn by my grandmother in 1932. Everyone told me it looked stunning as she walked down the aisle. —Carmela Galanti

1937

Courtesy Angela Caricato

I love the sleek, silky silhouette of my great-aunt Angela’s gown. She was married in 1937 and this dress was definitely before her time. —Angela Caricato (These are some surprising secrets from the most happily married couples.)

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1940

Courtesy Edythe Humphries

These are my parents Howard and Marie Humphries on their wedding day, October 26, 1940. They were married at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in New York. My mother’s dress was from the Ann Dupont Vintage Dress Collection. —Edythe Humphries

1942

Courtesy Jobyna Carpenter

Since I liked to sew and material was less expensive than buying a ready-made dress, I decided to make all of the dresses in my wedding party. This included one maid-of-honor dress in yellow, three bridesmaids dresses in different shades of blue, and four candle-lighter dresses in white. I made my own dress out of light bluish-pink satin. —Jobyna Carpenter

1945

Courtesy Mary Kleinhans

My husband and I got married the week World War II ended on August 15, 1945. During the war, gasoline was rationed. As couples were planning their honeymoon trips, their friends would give the groom-to-be their extra gas coupons. But the minute the war ended, gasoline was no longer rationed. My husband had a pocket full of coupons he no longer needed. —Mary Kleinhans (Can 4 hugs a day save your marriage? A humor writer experiments.)

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1950

Courtesy Anne L Wolf

Bob and I met each other at a German folk dance club in Los Angeles, California. After a year of dancing together we got married on August 26, 1950. I found my dream wedding dress at the Broadway Department Store in Hollywood for $15! My dress had a sweetheart neckline and a long train. The fabric was beautiful—white lace embellished with small pearls, and the dress had buttons going down the back and on the wrists. I felt like a princess when my sisters helped me get dressed. With my sewing ability, I was able to make a lovely veil out of cotton tulle attached to a “simulated pearl” crown of orange blossoms. —Anne L. Wolf

1950

Courtesy Irene Kratzke

Bob and I met at the University of Minnesota. My major was home economics, and with that background I decided to sew my own wedding dress. August can be quite hot and humid in Minnesota, so I chose to make the dress out of organdy and lace. The dress had a Peter Pan collar and the bodice had tiny covered buttons down the front. The short puffed sleeves were perfect for my summer wedding. I also made elbow length gloves out of the lace fabric. —Irene Kratzke

1950

Courtesy Josephine Rego

My husband Salvatore and I were married January 29, 1950, when he was 21 and I was 20. This year we celebrated our 65th wedding anniversary, and each year I show the family my gown, which is in pristine condition. My parents gave me a budget of $100 for the dress. I fell in love with this one at Abraham & Strauss. I  got it off the rack for $99. My twin granddaughters remind me that Princess Kate's gown was similar. —Josephine Rego (This 1950s marriage advice still applies today!)

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1951

Courtesy Elaine Green

Roland and I met at college and were married three years later on December 2, 1951. Our wedding was planned to take place earlier in November but before the wedding my father and I were in a car accident. I was a daddy’s girl and not having my dad at my wedding was not an option. The wedding was rescheduled and even though Dad was wearing a body cast, he was able to walk me down the aisle to marry the love of my life. Just after we said our vows, Roland surprised me by singing to me in his beautiful baritone voice. My daughter wore my dress at her wedding in 1992. —Elaine Green

1951

Courtesy Claire Esposito

In 1951 Richard was in the Air Force. We had known each other since were 10 and 11 years old and we were about  to be separated for the first time since then. We decided to get married immediately at the base before he was enlisted. Richard’s sister was insisting that I wear her wedding dress that I did not want to wear. However, my mother was an excellent seamstress. We bought a pattern and several yards of white eyelet for my wedding dress. One of my soon-to-be sisters-in-law (there were six of them!) volunteered to make a picture hat from the eyelet scraps. A pair of white satin ankle strap platform heels and a small bouquet completed my outfit. —Claire Esposito

1952

Courtesy JoAnn Schueller

My five daughters were too short, too tall, or too bosomy to wear my 1942 wedding dress without a great deal of altering. I never preserved it; it just hung in a plastic bag in the closet. Over the years, the satin and chantilly lace changed from pure white to a beautifully rich ivory color. I think it’s even more lovely than it was originally. —JoAnn Schueller

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1952

Courtesy Terri Swann

This is my mother, Melvina Ducklo, on her wedding day to my father, Theodore Mitchell. They were married on February 2, 1952, at Holy Family Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. —Terri Swann

1953

Courtesy Ann Leinweber

Bob and I were married Valentine’s Day in 1953. We have six children and 16 grandchildren. —Ann Leinweber (Here are 28 little things you can do to make your marriage happier right now.)

1953

Courtesy Joan Zoldoske

Robert and I were married on August 22, 1953. It will be our 62nd anniversary this August. I still have my dress, my tiara, the Bible I carried, the ring pillow, the garter, the guestbook, and the cake top. All were on display at our 50th and 60th anniversary celebrations! At our 50th we were blessed to have the pastor who married us renew our marriage vows. —Joan Zoldoske

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1954

Courtesy June Rittenhouse

The July Kansas heat had cooled down from 114 to 107 degrees on our wedding day, July 25, 1954, and there I stood in heavy white satin and lace. I remember the perspiration running down my right stocking, the perspiration on my left stopping at the garter. The church turned off those standing fans so everyone could hear our exchange of vows. The candles practically bent down to meet the lighters’ flames even though they had been left in a freezer until immediately before the ceremony. My dress, as well as my maid-of-honor and bridesmaid dresses were purchased at Woodward & Lothrop’s in Washington, D.C., where I had been based as a stewardess for Friendly Skies airline. My gown was white chapel-length with permanent pleated panels between the lace panels. I wore it with a fingertip veil attached to a nylon-net bonnet adorned with clusters of seed pearls. My bouquet was white gladioli centered with a white detachable orchid corsage. The attendants wore identically styled ankle-length dresses with fitted bodices, bouffant skirts, and shoulder shrugs - one in blush pink and the other in Pacific blue. Since I’d been a stewardess at the time of the “singles only regulation,” our marriage ended my flying the glamorous Friendly Skies. I’ve never let Jack forget it! —June Rittenhouse

1955

Courtesy Alice Werynski

We were married on July 30, 1955, in Buffalo, New York, in 90-degree heat. A young man beginning his fashion career made my gown using some of my ideas. His shop, Rigue Fashions, was located in Buffalo. The pleated portions of the mostly white dress were backed by pale pink silk. —Alice Werynski

1955

Courtesy Henrietta Parsons

My wedding gown was purchased second hand for $50 to wear on my wedding day, September 17, 1955. Three years later, my maid of honor wore it. In total, four brides wore that dress and I still have it in my cedar chest, yellowed with age but still intact. I don’t know about the original owner, but the last three wearers had successful marriages! —Henrietta Parsons

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1955

Courtesy Margaret Perkins

My husband Richard helped me shop for my wedding dress, although he didn’t see me in it until the big day, on July 2, 1955. The other wearer of my wedding gown was our daughter Debbie. She thrilled me to tears when she she asked if she could wear my wedding dress on her special day in 1984, 29 years after I did. The wedding dress we both wore is a white organdy waltz-length dress with an insert of eyelet organdy through the skirt. It has 20 tiny covered buttons down the front. I wore a crinoline slip under the dress which was the style in the '50s, but my daughter did not. Our dress is safely tucked away just in case a granddaughter might like to wear it too! —Margaret Perkins

1956

Courtesy Deanna Hoyt

Phil and I were married on August 30, 1956, by my grandfather. I didn’t try many wedding dresses on, but when I saw this one, I knew it was the one. Fifty-nine years later I still love it, with its full skirt, long sleeves, and high collar. On our 50th anniversary, my maid-of-honor, my bridesmaids, and my flower girl were all there. The cake was an exact replica of the one on our wedding day, and was even topped with the cake topper I had saved from our wedding day. Phil and I love and enjoy each other more than we could have imagined on that special day in 1956. —Deanna Hoyt

1956

Courtesy Rhoda Jeffery

I had the gown before my bridesmaids chose theirs. Without seeing my choice, they decided on a style that was so close to mine! They looked very becoming in three pastels: pink, yellow, and blue. —Rhoda Jeffery

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1957

Courtesy Carolyn Baker

My husband Gordon and I were married on October 6, 1957. Gordon is the love of my life and we’ve raised three children together. On our 50th wedding anniversary I had the dress and veil displayed for everyone to see. It was still as white as the day I wore it! —Carolyn Baker

1957

Courtesy Cassandra Garren

My husband and I were married September 15, 1957. My great aunt Franny bought my gown for $300. That’s a far cry from the price of gowns today! We only had three stores that carried wedding gowns, and I chose a gown at the Bridal Shop. As we were waiting in line to buy a different dress, the clerk told me they just got in a gown that she wanted me to try on. It was a floor-length sheath style front with a train, drooped neck, and short sleeves. The neckline was trimmed with lace, as were the panels in the front and the train. I wore white gloves and a mid-length veil. I felt like Grace Kelly! After we were married Seventeen magazine even featured the dress. Now, 58 years later I remember my wedding as if it were  yesterday. —Cassandra Garren

1957

Courtesy Cleve Blair

My wife Geraldine and I got married on August 24, 1957, on our university’s campus. One year earlier she had asked me to  help her lead a small group bible study at a Bear Trap Christian Youth Camp. I was impressed by how pretty she was with her big smile, and how serious she was about bible study. We rode with three others up to the camp in our car, and each of us paid $2.50 for gas. I still have the uncashed check Geraldine wrote me. I guess I just knew then I felt something special. We have 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Geraldine is prettier than ever! —Cleve Blair

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1957

Courtesy Nancy Nowaczek

This is my wedding dress from May 4, 1957. I made the veil myself. I kept the dress for almost 40 years until I moved to house where I just could not store it any longer. —Nancy Nowaczek

1957

Courtesy Patsy Leigon Sconci

The date was June 30, 1957. Fifty years later our children planned a 50th anniversary party and they found the dress, veil, and shoes, as well as the bridesmaids and flower girl dresses. They put the dress on mannequins and displayed them at the door. In the party room next to ours, there was a wedding going on and the bride asked to have her picture taken with our vintage display! —Patsy Leigon Sconci

1958

Courtesy Fran Campbell

This photo is of my husband Ernie and I. We were married on May 3, 1958, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rome, New York. We were fortunate enough to have 56 wonderful years together. —Fran Campbell

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1958

Courtesy Nancy Clem

Every little girl dreams of floating down the aisle one day in a frothy white gown of satin and lace. Well, in my case it didn’t quite happen that way. In 1958 I was a woman in the Air Force engaged to a fellow Air Force member. We were both stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. We had planned on a wedding in my hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida, but I got orders to ship out just a few weeks before my scheduled wedding date. I went weeping to my squadron commander and asked if there was any way I could block the transfer, as I was about to go on leave to get married. The commander was compassionate, and suggested the only way to block the transfer was to be married immediately in Texas. In those days, the military didn’t separate husbands and wives. My fiance and I hurriedly put together a wedding, but my biggest problem was that I didn’t have an appropriate dress in my wardrobe. One of my barracks-mates had a pretty white day dress my size, and offered to swap it for two of mine. What could I do but agree? Another barracks-mate offered a white hat for a fee to complete my outfit. Secondhand dress or not, we tied the knot August 9, 1958. This year we celebrated our 57th anniversary! —Nancy Clem

1958

Courtesy Shirley Beach

In 1958 I asked my mother to make my wedding dress. She said yes, but first we wanted to go try some on to see what I wanted it to look like. The first one I loved was $65, so I bought it. My oldest daughter wore it at her wedding in 1983. —Shirley Beach

1958

Courtesy Barbara Love

During my spring break of my junior year of college I boarded the Wabash train in our little town of Montpelier, Ohio, to do some serious shopping for fabric at a huge warehouse type store in St. Louis. We came home with yards of white satin and embroidered nylon tulle. My mom had followed my design by adapting a similar pattern. She was an excellent seamstress. She not only made my dress and cap, but also the dresses and caps for my three bridesmaids as well as her own dress and hat. Then she baked and decorated the cake, made the molded mints, and did the flowers for the church. The entire wedding cost a little over $200! The dress had a mandarin collar, fitted bodice, tapered sleeves, and four rows of lace over a satin slip. We attached sequins for some sparkle. It was so lovely and well-made that it was borrowed several times, including both of my daughters! —Barbara Love

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1959

Courtesy Carol Boldt

This is a picture of my mother and I on my wedding day, August 8, 1959. My mother made my wedding dress, as well as her own dress and a dress for the flower girl. She taught Adult Education Sewing classes in our local school. My gown was a traditional cathedral length dress of white kitten satin, a scalloped sabrina neckline and an embroidered nylon tulle overskirt billowed from a basque waist and framed a tiny train. A row of satin covered buttons from the waist in back completed the bodice. Long tapering sleeves came to points over the wrists and were fastened with matching buttons. —Carol Boldt

1959

Courtesy Dianne Slocum

This is a picture of my sister Barbara, our father, and the wedding party on September 6, 1959. The 1957 Chevrolet in the background was owned by Barbara’s husband Roger (not pictured). —Dianne Slocum

1959

Courtesy Marcia Reel

This is a picture of myself, getting married to my husband Tom on December 11, 1959 in Newark, Ohio. My daughter kelly wore the same dress when she married her husband Tim on April 13, 1985. Only our veils were different. I ordered my wedding gown from Seventeen magazine for $99. When my daughter got married I asked the lady in the bridal shop how much the dress would cost in 1985 prices, and she said about $1500! It was all chantilly lace with satin buttons and bow trim. Maybe one day my two granddaughters will be interested in wearing the gown at their own weddings. —Marcia Reel

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1959

Courtesy Mary Lee Clark Ellwell

On Valentine’s Day, 1959, I purchased my wedding gown at Emery Byrd Thayer’s in Kansas City, Missouri. I was working as a secretary at the time for $1 an hour, so the $90 for the gown (complete with a hoop) was a lot of money. I was married June 21, 1959 to my husband, Jim. On November 25, 1983, our daughter-in-law Sharon walked down the aisle in the gown (without the hoop) to marry our son Michael. I know it’s not unusual for the bride to wear her mother’s wedding gown, but how often does the bride wear a gown worn by her mother-in-law? —Mary Lee Clark Ellwell

1960

Courtesy Alberta Cottle

Gerald and I were married on September 4, 1960. My mother was a wonderful seamstress, so there was no question she would make my wedding dress. She learned to be thrifty as a teenager during the Depression ... waste not want not! That’s why my white silk organza senior high school prom dress became part of the skirt for my wedding dress. As soon as I was engaged I began looking through the bridal section of all the pattern books. I fell in love with a dress featuring a portrait draped neckline and gathered tiered skirt. I chose the ballerina length, which had three tiers. The pattern called for white silk organza and embroidered organza. We found the beautiful scalloped edged embroidered organza while on vacation in Boulder, Colorado. The bodice of my dress was made of the embroidered organza accented with seed pearls. The scalloped edge became to top tier of the skirt while the other two tiers was made out of my prom dress. My elbow length gloves matched the bodice and a braided net with seed pearls held my veil. At that time floor length dresses were worn with a hoop skirt, but there was a horse hair can-can under mine. I was pleased to share my veil with five more brides! I also displayed my wedding dress with its original pattern at our 50th anniversary in 2010. —Alberta Cottle

1961

Courtesy Judy Wolf

My mother made my dress and veil for my wedding, which was on January 28, 1961. The style was all about Jackie Kennedy’s influence on fashion in the '60s. We were hit with a blizzard on our wedding day, but we were blessed to be married 36 years until my husband’s death in 1997. We have eight children, 14 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. —Judy Wolf (Here are more timeless fashion tips to steal from Jackie Kennedy.)

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1961

Courtesy Laverne Geurin Black

I worked for Pfeifers department store in Hot Springs, Arizona, as a switchboard operator. The store buyer told me she would pick a wedding dress for me. I told her I could not afford anything expensive, so she brought back a beautiful wedding dress that cost $50. It fit me perfectly. It had a lace bodice with  long lace sleeves. The skirt was full with inserts of tulle embellished with seed pearls. The back of the skirt had rows of lace tulle and the illusion of a bustle. A full crinoline slip accentuated the bell-shaped skirt. I borrowed the veil and the crown headpiece, which as accented with pearls and beads. On February 10, 1961 Dorce William Geurin and I were married. One of our daughters wore my dress at her wedding on June 15, 1985. We did some minor alterations, but we found it to be as white as it had been when I wore it on my wedding day. Dorce and I had 39 wonderful years of marriage and four grandchildren before he passed away on September 24, 2000. I have now retired the wedding dress back into the old suit case that is lined in navy blue material (which apparently preserved the white color). Maybe some day it will come out again and make a grand appearance at another beautiful wedding ceremony. —Laverne Geurin

1962

Courtesy Betty L. Finch

April 28, 1962 was our wedding date. Several months prior, my mother took me shopping to find that perfect dress. We finally found it in a store called “Cutlers.” Now, sometimes my my daughter and my grandaughters and I like to laugh at the difference in wedding dress prices between then and now, as my dress cost a whole $50! My dress has a scalloped neckline of lace and high empire lines of lace over satiny taffeta. I had a shorter train that was snapped up for walking and dancing after the walk down the aisle. My dress has flowered knots going around the lower part of the full skirt. Recently, I tried on the dress again at age 73. My daughter-in-law brought me her veil and came to take my picture. We had so much fun, and the dress was so tight I could hardly breathe! I have to say the experience made me feel young, we were like two young girls playing dress up. —Betty L. Finch

1962

Courtesy Betty L. Lazear

Vincent and I were married on August 18, 1962. My gown was Chantilly lace and tulle over bridal taffeta. The bodice was fashioned with a scalloped scoop neckline and long tapered sleeves. The full skirt was made with seven tiers of chantilly lace and tulle in the back and the front was draped to a lace rose. A crown of seed pearls and sequins held my elbow-length veil of scalloped illusion trimmed with chantilly lace. —Betty L. Lazear

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1962

Courtesy Kay Jensma

My wedding day was March 24, 1962. I was only 17. I had much to learn in life, but the one thing I knew for sure was how carefully and beautifully my Aunt Ethel made my wedding dress. The material is white satin and she actually covered each button with the satin. The buttons go halfway down the back of the dress. There were also buttons on the sleeves. Much of the dress was hand sewn. It is a beautiful, timeless dress and I have kept it all these years. —Kay Jensma

1964

Courtesy Sandra Walke

David and I were married on December 5, 1964. I am wearing the dress my dear mother made for my three sisters and me. All of us sisters wore it on our wedding days (my sisters wore it it in 1958 and 1960). My mother loved making that dress. When we first married, I spent $15 a week on groceries, and we only took $200 on our honeymoon to Florida. My husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary and renewed our vows in the same church we got married in. We have three wonderful children and six awesome grandchildren. —Sandra Walke

1965

Courtesy Kathy Leal

My husband Rick and I got married 50 years ago on August 29, 1965. My dress was floor length chantilly lace with an A-line skirt and a seed pearl headpiece which held my shoulder veil. —Kathy Leal

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1965

Courtesy Linda Love

I was married December 26, 1965, in Chester, South Carolina. The dress has a scalloped neckline with lace and pearls from the top to the bottom. The train of the dress is removable, connected in the front at the waistline with a bow. We have had 50 wonderful years and hope to have many more. —Linda Love

1966

Courtesy Sandra J Bielby

Sandra J. Bielby on her wedding day in 1966.

1967

Courtesy Marlene Bailey

Marlene Bailey on her wedding day in 1967.

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1968

Courtesy Cathy Wilson

I got married on October 4, 1968, in St. Joseph, Missouri. Shorter dresses were popular at that time. A micro mini seemed too risqué, but I did wear a short bridal gown. You may notice that the hemline looks crooked. On my right leg you can actually see my blue garter while I down the steps. I believe the photographer had to fix it in more formal photos, not easy in the days before Photoshop. —Cathy Wilson

1968

Courtesy Lorraine Wagermann

I got married on June 2, 1968. I wore a beautiful gown of re-embroidered Alenceón lace purchased for $150. I felt like a princess on my wedding day. After the reception, I came back to my parents’ house, took off the dress, put it in a garment bag, and hung it in the attic, where it remained for 35 years. In the winter of 2003 when my youngest daughter, Kerry, was shopping for a wedding gown, nothing seemed to suit her. She tried on many, but the magic just wasn’t there. Then one day she asked me about my wedding gown, and I explained that I’d never had it preserved in any way. Since she persisted, we got it down from the attic. Thirty-five years had aged the lace overlay to a lovely ecru color, which looked even more beautiful against the white gown underneath. As soon as Kerry slipped my gown on, she smiled. It fit her perfectly as if it were made for her, and through my tears I watched the magic happen. She had the sleeves cut down, but that was the only alteration. Kerry looked radiant on August 9, 2003, as she became a bride wearing my gown. —Lorraine Wagermann

1969

Courtesy Angeline Burke

My husband Richard and I were married on Saturday, August 16, 1969, on my 22nd birthday. We just celebrated our 46th anniversary this past August. I wore a fitted sheath gown underscored by a cage of white organza with deep yoke and short sleeves of Venise lace. A deep flange of white peau de soie and a wide band of identical Venise lace trimmed the entire hemline. A cluster of pearl and crystal studded Venise lace flowers and pearl-edged satin leaves held several tiers of bouffant silk illusion veiling. —Angeline Burke

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1969

Courtesy Laraine Hauschultz

This is a tale of two gowns. In 1969 my best friend (and roommate) and I married two young men who were also best friends. We met our husbands in the fall of 1967, when Patricia and I went to an Oktoberfest at a German club in Anaheim, California. I was teaching German in a junior high in southern California at the time. We happened to sit down at a table where several young men were drinking beer. That was when we met Tom Butler and Steve Rank. Because the guys were also roommates, the four of us often double-dated. Pat and I became engaged one day apart from each other. The guys always insisted they did not plan that. There was no question about whether we would be in each others wedding, so the simplest way was for us to have a double wedding in August of 1969 in Rock Lake, North Dakota, the hometown of both brides. Pat and I had fun shopping together for our wedding gowns. Pat chose a lovely floor-length satin gown. Because I like lace, I chose a floor-length gown with a lace train. Pat and I each carried red roses. The minister pronounced us husband and wife at the same time and we always joke that we each had two spouses. The four of us celebrated 40 years of marriage, and we all lived in Huntington Beach together. Sadly, Tom passed away in 2010, but we always call Pat on our anniversary so Steve can wish his “other wife,” now in Colorado, a happy anniversary! —Loraine Hauschultz Rank

1969

Courtesy Billie J. Munie

As far back as I can remember I had always wanted to be a bride. I’d dream of my wedding day and I’d picture the perfect wedding dress. I began buying Brides magazine at about 16 years old. I would pour over all the beautiful dresses looking for the right one. Finally in one of the issues was the dress of my dreams. It was an Alfred Angelo original with a 12-foot train of chantilly lace and ruffles. I cut the picture out and sent it to the Alfred Angelo headquarters, and they sent me back the information about where it could be purchased. When I got engaged eight years later, I took the picture of my dress and headed to St. Louis, Minnesota, even though it was 100 miles from where I lived. They told me that style was no longer available, but had a similar one in stock. It turned out the dress had been on a mannequin in their window for six weeks so I got the dress for $75. About 12 years after that we became friends with an older couple at our church. She had been the dress cutter for all the bride’s dresses the The Bride’s House in St. Louis. Before she died she gave me her scissors and weights she used to cut out all of those dresses, including mine! —Billie J. Munie

1969

Courtesy Gale Gast-Bakalik

I was married in May of 1969 in a lovely floor-length gown with a detachable train. The dress had lace and beading at the bodice and elbow length sleeves. It was ivory and I thought I looked perfect. I also wore a large bow headpiece that I thought was so lovely in 1969. Six years later in March of 1975, my younger sister wore the same dress but with daisies for her crown. How much bridal styles have changed! The only thing that stays the same is that all brides look wonderful. —Gale Gast-Bakalik

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1970

Courtesy Bonita Dreckmann

I wore this dress for my Valentine’s Day wedding in 1970. It was a small ceremony held in a congregational church in Long Island, New York. My choice of a red velour mini dress was unconventional. I wore it with go-go boots, a popular style in the '70s. I thought the white satin lace-trimmed collar gave my dress a very bridal look. My groom, Randy,  gave me a wristlet of red roses and wore his fire department uniform to give a formal touch to our ceremony. Forty-five years later, the dress still hangs in my closet, a nostalgic reminder that I was once an audacious young bride who dared to wear a red mini dress to her wedding. —Bonita Dreckmann

1978

Courtesy Wendy Bailey

Wendy Bailey on her wedding day in 1978.

1983

Courtesy Donna Fornabaio

After looking for a dress similar to my mother’s and not finding one, I decided to have my gown custom made at Madam Baldwina in the Bronx, New York. I asked for a scoop neck and lace sleeves, and I could not have been happier with the way it turned out! —Donna Fornabaio

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1984

Courtesy Patricia Schofield

My cousin looked for an illusion neck and puffy sleeves when shopping for her dress. The intricate design, lace, and typical '80s puffy sleeves were perfect for her on her special day. —Patricia Schofield

1985

Courtesy Susan Vandeveer

My aunt looked gorgeous in this classic high neck dress with lace sleeves. All eyes were on her, as they should be! —Susan Vandeveer

1986

Courtesy Tina Bashor

My cousin was a beautiful 1980’s bride, with a dress very appropriate for the time. She looked gorgeous in her puffy sleeves and flower wreath. —Tina Bashor


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