Early American Weddings


Today’s featured article describes the history of American weddings. I thought it was interesting and wanted to share it with you.



Early weddings in America were generally private affairs, held at the home of the parents of the bride or groom. The new bride was normally publicly recognized at Sunday church services following her nuptials, but most weddings were intimate, family affairs. By the 1820s and 1830s, upper class weddings had begun to evolve a bit more into the recognizably modern American wedding (complete with a lavish cake, dinner reception, and toast to the bride and groom), but the ceremonies remained small and private. However, as the Industrial Revolution took hold and a definite middle class sprang up, weddings in America would gradually become more and more elaborate. Click here to read more.