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Wedding Traditions in DuPage County

White dresses, marriage licenses and retro games can all be found at the DuPage County Historical Museum in their newest exhibit.

“Wedding Traditions: Unveiled, and it explores 100 years of wedding history and courtship in DuPage County,” said Museum Curator, Ashley Downing.

The free exhibit comes to the museum just in time for Valentine’s Day.

“Wedding history and culture is kind of a niche but it always brings in a lot of people. It gives people the history of their family and reminisce type attitude with their own wedding and what happened and everything else so its nice and historical,” said Downing.

15 dresses dating back to the late 1800’s all the way up to the mid 1950’s are featured.

While customs like engagement announcements are familiar, in the 1900’s they take a more direct approach and others traditions stray far from what we know today.

“Especially in Victorian times white wasn’t the color of the dresses so we have a brown dress on display that somebody actually wore for their wedding or another dress that was actually made from pineapple fiber. They were just weird things that we didn’t expect when they started coming in,” Downing said.

All you see as you walk through the display has an extra special meaning for residents of DuPage County.

“All the dresses, accessories, everything were given by local people to share their history and family legacy,” said Downing.

You can see all of the wedding traditions at the museum through July.

The DuPage County Historical Museum is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale reports


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