The 1900s saw the introduction of brides wearing white dresses, which has become a staple of weddings ever since. Queen Victoria bedecked in white on her wedding day inspired a whole decade of brides to go for white, fitted dresses with frills, lace, and corsets. This set the gold standard for weddings, and inspired brides all over the world.
One of the best trends of the 1910s saw brides trade in their Victorian-style dresses for fun fitting frocks, and minimal makeup. This decade saw wedding days that were less formal and more focused on comfort, fun, and cutting loose, and this is something that has continued to have a big impact on weddings everywhere.
One of the biggest and most prominent changes and trends that came in the 1920s was the introduction of the bridal registry. A mainstay of all weddings everywhere, ever since, the bridal registry is one of the most enduring features of any wedding, and, as we know, you should never head to a wedding in without a gift.
The 1930s saw a change of approach to a lot of weddings, and this saw the introduction of brides on a budget, thanks largely to the Great Depression. One of the biggest factors that came out of this was the repurposing of dresses, and other garments that were used to enhance the dress, and the wedding day.
The 1940s saw a reintroduction of the simplicity of wedding dresses, as well a growth in the trend of men wearing rings. Before this, it was rare to see men sporting wedding bands the same as women, but this is something that became a more prominent trend from the 1940s, and is something that is still common now.
The 50s was the first major decade in which the influence of Hollywood and Hollywood actresses could be seen in weddings across the world. This was defined by big flowing gowns designed and based around the stunning dress Elizabeth Taylor wore in the movie Father of the Bride.
The 1960s saw many bucking the trend and embracing counter culture and hippy culture, and this led to a rise in more off the wall wedding choices as well as traditional ones. The daisy was the hippy flower of choice, and this is a fresh, fun, and enjoyable decade for weddings.
The 70s continued some of the more hippyish trends that were introduced in the 60s, and one of the biggest new trends that came into place in this decade was grooms beginning to match their brides by also wearing white, as was seen with the wedding of Mick and Bianca Jagger.
Princess Diana and her Royal wedding to Prince Charles was one of the defining influences of the 1980s, and has also had a resounding influence on weddings all over the world ever since. High lace necklines and huge and long trains were the order of the day, and this also set the tone for large blooming bouquets.
The great thing about weddings in the 90s is that they saw a change of pace and dresses became more minimalist, with a focus on designer brands. It also saw large and elaborate ceremonies replaced for smaller & more intimate ceremonies with a trimmed down guest list, and this is something that has largely endured through the decades since.