Weddings down the years

A wedding dress from 1986, one of those which will be in Sunday's exhibition.
A wedding dress from 1986, one of those which will be in Sunday's exhibition.

An exhibition of wedding dresses with stories behind them will take place in a north Northumberland village this weekend.

Weddings of the Past takes place on Sunday in Acklington Village Hall, with all proceeds from the £1 entry fee going towards a sound system for the community venue.

Billed as ‘Something old, something new, everything borrowed, come and view’, all of the dresses on display have some kind of tale to tell and also span the decades, offering a look at changes in fashion and design.

Exhibits include an original 1921 dress and an original 1951 dress, which will be displayed with associated details includng press cuttings of the wedding, which took place at St John’s Church in Chevington.

There will also be Georgian-style wedding outfits used by friends of the organisers at their wedding at Wordsworth House.

Handmade and loaned to the exhibitiors by In Disguise from Choppington, they were featured on the ITV television series, Inside the National Trust.

There will also be a complete bride’s ensemble recovered from the roadside at Guyzance, which is believed to have been thrown from a stolen car.

There will be more spanning the decades, including coming right into the modern era with a gay wedding which took place last year.

And even the war years aren’t missed out, as someone has loaned a mock wedding cake used during wartime, which will appear alongside wedding photos from the 1800s onwards.

Sharon Thorpe, who is secretary of the village hall, explained that she happened upon the idea when looking for a fund-raiser after her friend Lorna found her old wedding dress.

“We realised that lots of people must have them stored away, but I thought it would be an ideal thing for a fund-raising event,” she said.

“It’s been such a lovely thing to do, because people are giving their dresses, but they also have stories to tell and pictures. It’s been fascinating.

“Dresses are still coming in and if we have room, I will put them in the exhibition.”