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An invitation to Enfield weddings

Published Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Everyone is invited to a century and a half of wedding celebrations as the Enfield Museum presents ‘Just Married: 150 years of Enfield weddings’ at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield Town.

Like a big slice of rich fruity wedding cake this fascinating exhibition is full of social history, packed with nostalgia and romance and it opens to the public on Thursday 2 April.

It’s a grand event with a Victorian gown and others from 1902, 1913, 1923, 1938, 1942 and 1963. A photo wall shows loving couples and a musical slideshow creates the atmosphere.

With head dresses, tiaras, delicate silken bouquets, menus and a variety of artefacts that express both the personal and public side of marriage in Enfield, this is an exhibition to savour.

But it is not just white weddings - the traditions of other cultures and communities are included as we glimpse styles, fashions, wartime marriages – and present day celebrations including same sex weddings.

The figure of a Sikh groom sitting astride a full-sized replica of a horse decked out in traditional regalia has a commanding presence while invitations, telegrams and cards take us back in time.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Libraries & Museums, said, “This is an extraordinary array of wedding memorabilia each with a story. It shows how people prepared for their great day and how they had fun. Even in the dark days of war we learn how people were determined to look their best on their special day.

“Thanks must go to the people of Enfield who have loaned their precious memories for us all to enjoy and to our museum staff who have researched the subject and arranged it in such a clever way.”

The exhibition is free and can be visited from Mondays to Saturdays from 9am – 5pm and on Sundays from 10am – 1pm.

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