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1930s Bride – Presents for the Bridesmaids

It is customary to present each bridesmaid with a gift, and this is usually a present from the birdegroom.  The form the present takes depends on how much can be spent. As a rule some sort of jewellery is given; a brooch, a clip, a vanity case, or something of that sort.

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These gifts should all be of the same kind, but variations in designs, settings or colours are permitted.

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1930s Bride – Wedding Photographs

Your photographs in your wedding dress, whether it is a formal gown or an afternoon frock, is a cherished souvenir. When the wedding is a large one with attendants, many brides like to have picture of the wedding party. It is well to bear in mind that since this is a lasting souvenir it is worth while having the picture made by a good photographer. Proofs can be shown to other members of the party, and they can either order one if desired, or if the bride or bridegroom wishes to bear the entire expense, copies can be presented to each member of the wedding party.

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1930s Bride – Personal Stationery

During the first few months after her marriage the bride will have a voluminous correspondence. There are always the presents which arrive to late to be acknowledged before the wedding, and there are various personal notices and arrangements that require letters. So it is an excellent idea to order in advance her notepaper, which will bear the address of her new home and, if known, the telephone number.
The bride will remember that when she writes her letters of acknowledgement for presents she will include her husband’s thanks with her own. The form such notes take is rather elastic, and should very largely be determined by how well she knows the donor. But these letter should be along the following general lines:

Dear Mrs. Mathews,

It was indeed kind of you to send Austin and me such a beautiful pair of candlesticks and I assure you we are delighted to have them.
As soon as we are settled we hope to have the pleasure of entertaining you in our new home, where incidentally you will see for yourself how charming the candlesticks lo in the dining-room. We shall look forward very much to having you come.
In the meantime Austin joins me in sending you many thanks for your lovely gift.
Yours sincerely,

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1930s Bride – Wedding Invitations

“The date of the wedding should always be determined sufficiently far in advance to allow ample time for ordering the invitations. They should be posted at least three, and preferably four weeks before the wedding day. It is customary for the parents of the bride to pay all the expenses of these invitation. When they are ready for posting one or two procedures is usually followed. Either the mother of the bridegroom is asked the number she would like to have, or she gives a list to the bride’s mother. The wedding invitations should be engraved, and they should be sent out under a three-halfpenny stamp. The form for the invitations is as follows.”

“If the reception is to be a small one at which not all the wedding guests will be invited, then two set of invitations should be prepared, one for the wedding, and a second for the wedding and reception. These latter will be sent to the guests invited to both.”

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The 1930s Bride

This is the first of my blogs about the 1930s Bride. Stepping back in time we look at everything that a bride has to prepare for; her wedding, family life, her new home. In the 1930s Great Britain was only just recovering from the Great War and the stock market crash in the US that caused the Great Depressions did not help. “The effects on the industrial areas of Britain were immediate and devastating, as demand for British products collapsed. By the end of 1930, unemployment had more than doubled from 1 million to 2.5 million (20% of the insured workforce), and exports had fallen in value by 50%. Government revenues contracted as national income fell, while the cost of assisting the jobless rose. The industrial areas were hardest hit, along with the coal mining districts. London and the south-east of England were hurt less. In 1933, 30% of Glaswegians were unemployed due to the severe decline in heavy industry.” [Wiki]

Now Let’s Step Back…….
Being a Bride is a serious as well as romantic matter. The girl who marries takes on a job. She becomes the manager and, not infrequently, the staff as well, of a new undertaking. In this new capacity of housewife she is considered a consumer. In reality she is far more than this. She is the selector and buyer of nearly everything that will be required to establish her home and to maintain it.
The Prospective bride is, therefore, a far more important influence in the business world than men usually realise. At no other time in her life will she want so many thinks, or be so insistent about getting them. Once established in her new home she often finds herself in a strange world, where she needs help in completing the furnishings or making purchases, or in the many daily problems that inevitably arise.

The subjects that follow will deal with both before and after her marriage.

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