Twenty-one dress Getting Hitched exhibition shows Snibston Museum loves a good wedding

By Culture24 Staff | 11 February 2011
A black and white photo of a family at a wedding
Snibston takes a look back at weddings through the ages
Exhibition: Getting Hitched, Snibston Discovery Museum, Coalville, February 14 – May 15 2011

In the year of William and Kate’s much-mooted impromptu Bank Holiday blow-out, the excuse to dust off a few spectacular wedding dresses in aid of a glamorous display is perhaps one of the most enjoyable by-products of the announcement.

Snibston have got 21 of them, with the earliest dating from 1780 and the latest poached straight from a 2006 edition.

A photo of a wedding hat and shoes in white and floral lace
Wedding fashions will be on display
Men’s and women’s Sunday best, veils, headdresses and shoes run amok in a reflection of the changing style of ceremonies.

“This is a fantastic exhibition that’s just in time for Valentine’s Day,” says David Sprason of Leicestershire County Council.

“It looks at the amazing changes over the last 200 years in wedding attire and importantly, it also looks at civil ceremonies.

“I would urge everyone to go to Snibston and take a look at the wonderful outfits on display. They could inspire couples for their own big event.”

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