When we got engaged, Joe’s parents gave us a book to have a flick through. It was “Wedding Etiquette” by Margot Lawrence. It’s what they used as guidance during their own wedding plans – 35 years ago!
I absolutely love it. One thing that’s been lovely about being a bride-to-be (and I’m conscious that this time is coming to an end!) is all the lovely stories we’ve heard from other couples – what worked for them on their day, what they really loved about their wedding, what special memories they have… and the tips we’ve been given have been priceless.
This book, in particular, has been such an interesting insight into the world of weddings in the 70s – and just how different to the way they’re organised today!
What I love about it the most is the focus on the marriage itself.
What frustrates me about modern bridal books and magazines is the completely exaggerated focus on flowers, trends and designer gowns. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve really enjoyed indulging in all of this when planning my own wedding, but I think the marriage gets lost in translation nowadays, particularly when it comes to published material. And as for trends, I don’t care too much for them.
In the book is a section about manners during wedding planning and marriage, as well a guide on how much to pay in certain aspects of the wedding (scroll down and see how much they recommend is spent on a bridal gown. I howled with laughter at the amount compared to what it is today!).
I loved this little blast from the past and seeing how brides in the 70’s did it. And at £1.25, what a bargain!