Wartime Weddings

Clothes and food rationing had a big impact on weddings during the Second World War. Wedding dresses were passed round from bride to bride. Many brides made do with wearing their best outfits. If a bride were very lucky or had the right contacts she might be able to acquire some parachute silk to make her dress.

Edna & Michael Thomson 27th August 1940
Edna & Michael Thomson 27th August 1940

Food rationing meant that coupons had to be saved up for months to get enough fruit to make a cake and icing was almost unattainable. Cardboard covers made to look like icing would cover a single layer of fruit cake. Petrol rationing made it difficult for relatives to travel.

Wedding of C.R. Wiseman 21st November 1940 at St. Andrews Church. His father, Ambrose Wiseman is on the left. He became Chairman of the board of directors for the Enfield Gazette after Sir H Bowles passed away.
Wedding of C.R. Wiseman 21st November 1940 at St. Andrews Church. His father, Ambrose Wiseman is on the left. He became Chairman of the board of directors for the Enfield Gazette after Sir H Bowles passed away.
Charlie & peg Ball 1942. She is wearing his suit cut down to make a skirt
Charlie & Peg Ball 1942. She is wearing his suit cut down to make a skirt
Leslie & Ethel Crook 20th September 1939
Leslie & Ethel Crook 20th September 1939

Wedding poster aEnfield Museum is presenting a new exhibition to celebrate the myriad variety of weddings that have taken place in the Borough over the years (including war time ones). It opens on Thursday 2nd April at the Dugdale Centre:

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