Exhibition: Hitched: Wedding Clothes and Customs, Ordsall Hall, Salford, October 23 2011 – January 15 2012
© National Museums Liverpool
From wedding shoes in ivory silk satin discovered in 1874 to a crystal-beaded number donned by a bride from a travelling community in 2010, this exhibition – on-loan from National Museums Liverpool – stars eight costumes alongside dresses, suits and accessories, intended as a starting point to explore the history of getting hitched and the surrounding customs since Victorian times.
A white silk taffeta number from the 19th century contrasts suits which looked sharp at a recent civil partnership, and the more colourful examples included a brown corded silk dress from the mid 19th century and a dress and matching jacket in blue rayon crepe, worn in 1942.
Photos, ephemera, food, transport and stag and hen rituals are also explored, as well as superstitions and beliefs.
"We are looking forward to having Hitched at Ordshall Hall," says Liz McNabb, the manager of the 15th century pile which is thought by some to have been the location of Guy Fawkes's gunpowder plotting.
"The hall has had many uses in the past, and this exhibition will help add to the romance of this special venue."
- Open 10am-4pm (1pm-4pm Sunday, closed Saturday). Admission free.