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Weddings in World War 1

Posted by Clement Boateng on June 7 2017.


11.11.11 Armistice Day – Weddings and World War 1

wedding world war 1

On the 11th day of the 11 month at 11am 1918 #Armisticeday, World war 1 came to an end. Every year since then for 100 years at the same time we observe a 2 minute silence in memory of all those affected in all conflicts and the lives lost at war. In memory of World War 1 and #Armisticeday Polestars has decided to take a look at what it was like to get hitched up during this time.

War wedding

Bombs and Bouquet

Yes this was a very anxious and tense time for everyone including the women of the First World War. The men were called upon to take up arms for their country. Brothers, fathers, sons, boyfriends and men of all kind. So with the odds against couples, romance continued to flourish through the war. With the possibility of everlasting separations, young couples threw caution to the wind and went for marriage. Many postponed their wedding to after the war but for those who decided to continue regardless of the war, there was no better time and not a moment to waste. Long periods of separation, young widows and rationing made this time for women less than a fairy tale wedding for them. Many only talked through correspondence and never met faced to face in their lives. This led to a high number of divorces after the war.

48 hour marriage

War wedding marriage

There was a new style of marriage in demand. The 48 hour marriages was in effect. With little time for couples to plan and the many service men on standby to leave their homes when needed, there was no time for long drawn out plans and wedding ceremonies. So little time made everything seem all the more beautiful. For women organising your marriage and honeymoon could take up to a day as they often would receive telegrams from their fiancées proposing to them. Preparing for the arrival of their partners when they get back from war.

Wedding dresses 

War wedding dress marriage

It wasn’t uncommon for service men to get married in their uniforms as represented the pride they felt for serving their country, king and defending their families. This pride and honour was shared by the wife’s as well. Fabric and cloths were in short supply for wedding dresses as the materials were used for the servicemen kit, uniform and war purposes. So you just had to make do with what you had. Meaning lots of creativity and imagination was used in making their dresses.

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