Early 1920s Bridal Party

1920 Wedding party of bride, groom, and 2 bridesmaids
Early 1920s Bridal Party

This bridal party is from the early 1920s. One indication is the length of the dresses. They are just above the ankles, moving up from the almost floor-length styles of the 1914s.

Bridal Gown

Bride and maid-of-honor in flowing ankle-length dresses and holding  large bouquets of roses.
Early 1920s Bride & Bridesmaid

The bodice of the bride’s dress has 2 soft ruffles forming a “V” with a panel of rows of horizontal flat lace between them. Her dress is a soft chiffon layered on top of a bottom fabric. Here sleeves appear to be elbow-length. Her slightly gathered skirt is longer in the back to create a train. The end of the train is held up by a loop around her wrist.

If you have read the FREE 10 Wedding Ideas from Vintage Brides ebook, you would know that this dress is a Triangular shape. You can see how this shape compares to other bridal dress shapes in the ebook.

Bridal Headpiece

Bridal headpiece of small flowers in band around head with puffs of veil netting on back and sides.
Bridal headpiece

The bride’s headpiece is a band of small flowers or buds that sits low on her head, just above her eye brows. In the back and sides are puffs of veil netting, with a piece of veil net down the back. This style of headpiece was repeated with a variation in the 1980s.

Bridal Bouquet

The bride’s large bouquet is made of several kinds of roses and some smaller white flowers. Hanging from the bouquet, are roses tied to ribbons creating what was called a “water fall.”


Bridesmaid with simple chiffon ankle-length dress and a large bouquet of flowers.
Bridesmaid on left

You will notice that both of the bridesmaids are wearing different dresses. The bridesmaid on the left is wearing a softly flowing chiffon fabric over a foundation fabric. The sleeves are gathered at the elbows. There are 2 ruffles forming a “V” on the bodice. Her skirt is slightly gathered. She also wears elbow length gloves. The bridesmaid’s bouquet is made of different kinds of roses. They may even be different colors. A gauzy net bow completes the bouquet.

Brides maid with flowing chiffon dress with layers of draping on skirt and large bouquet of roses.
Bridesmaid on right

The bridesmaid on the right is also wearing a dress of chiffon over a base fabric. The color appears to be a darker pastel than the other bridesmaid. Her bodice appears to be softly draped with short sleeves. Her unusual skirt is made of draped and gathered panels. She too wears elbow length gloves. This bridesmaid may be the Maid-of-Honor because her bouquet is larger than the other bridesmaid’s bouquet. It consists of large, open roses that look white. The bouquet also has a net ribbon bow.

Bridesmaid Headpiece

Close up of bridesmaid's headpiece of ribbon around head with large netting puff on right side of head.
Bridesmaid headdress

Both bridesmaids wear a ribbon band around their head with a net puff on the side.

All of these dresses are quite a change from the stiff, corseted styles of the early 1900s. The dresses are soft and flowing and the women do not appear to be wearing corsets.

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