A new fashion in the engraving of the wedding
note-paper is the first novelty of the early summer
wedding. The card is entirely discarded, and sheets
of note-paper, with the words of the invitation in
_very fine_ running script, are now universally
used, without crests or ciphers. We are glad to see
that the very respectful form of invitation, "Mr.
and Mrs. John H. Brown request the honor of your
presence," etc., is returning to fashionable favor.
It never should have gone out. Nothing is more
self-respecting than respect, and when we ask our
friends to visit us we can well afford to be
unusually courteous. The brief, curt, and not too
friendly announcement, "Mr. and Mrs. John H. Brown
request your presence," etc., etc., may well yield
to the much more elegant and formal compliment.
From high social authority in New York we have an
invitation much simpler and more cordial, also
worthy of imitation: "Mr. and Mrs. Winslow
Appleblossom request the pleasure of your company at
the wedding reception of their daughter, on Tuesday
afternoon June the sixteenth." This is without cards
or names, presuming that the latter will follow
Another very comprehensive and useful announcement
of a wedding, from a lady living out of town,
conveys, however, on one sheet of paper the desired
information of where to find the bride:
Mrs. Seth Osborne announces the marriage of her
daughter Margurite to Mr. Joseph Wendon, on
Wednesday, September the ninth,
at Bristol, Connecticut.
At Home after January first, at 758 Wood Street.
This card of announcement is a model of conciseness,
and answers the oft-repeated question, "Where shall
we go to find the married couple next winter?"
arranging the house for the spring wedding the
florists have hit upon a new device of having only
_one_ flower in masses; so we hear of the
apple-blossom wedding, the lilac wedding, the lily
wedding, the rose wedding and the daffodil wedding,
the violet wedding, and the daisy wedding. So well
has this been carried out that at a recent daisy
wedding the bride's lace and diamond ornaments bore
the daisy pattern, and each bridesmaid received a
daisy pin with diamond centre.
This fashion of massing a single flower has its
advantages when that flower is the beautiful
feathery lilac, as ornamental as a plume; but it is
not to be commended when flowers are as somber as
the violet, which nowadays suggests funerals.
Daffodils are lovely and original, and
apple-blossoms make a hall in a Queen Anne mansion
very decorative. No one needs to be told that roses
look better for being massed, and it is a pretty
conceit for a bride to make the flower which was the
ornament of her wedding, her flower for
The passion for little girls as bridesmaids receives
much encouragement at the spring and summer
weddings. One is reminded of the children weddings
of the fifteenth century, as these darlings, wearing
Kate Greenaway hats, walk up the aisle, preceding
the bride. The young brother of the bride, a mere
boy, who, in the fatherless condition of his sister,
recently gave her away, also presented a touching
picture. It has become a fashion now to invoke youth
as well as age to give the blessings once supposed
to be alone at the beck and call of those whom Time
The bridal dresses are usually of white satin and
point lace, a preference for tulle veils being very
evident. A pin for the veil, with a diamond
ornament, and five large diamonds hanging by little
chains, makes a very fine effect, and is a novelty.
The groom at a recent wedding gave cat's-eyes set
round with diamonds to his ushers for scarf pins,
the cat's-eye being considered a very lucky stone.
The ushers and the groom wear very large
boutonnieres_ of stephanotis and gardenias, or
equally large bunches of lilies-of-the-valley, in
At one of the country weddings of the spring a piper in full Scotch
costume discoursed most eloquent music on the lawn
during the wedding ceremony. This was a compliment
to the groom, who is a captain in a Highland
regiment. A prevailing fashion for wedding presents
is to give heavy pieces of furniture, such as
sideboards, writing-tables, cabinets, and pianos.
A favorite dress for traveling is heliotrope
cashmere, with bonnet to match. For a dark bride
nothing is more becoming than dark blue tailor-made
with white vest and sailor collar. Gray cashmere
with steel passementerie has also been much in
vogue. A light gray mohair, trimmed with lace of the
same color, was also much admired.
We have mentioned the surroundings of the brides,
but have not spoken of the background. A screen hung
with white and purple lilacs formed the background
of one fair bride, a hanging curtain of Jacque-minot
roses formed the appropriate setting of another.
Perhaps the most regal of these floral screens was
one formed of costly orchids, each worth a fortune.
One of the most beautiful of the spring wedding
dresses was made of cream-white satin over a tulle
petticoat, the tulle being held down by a long
diagonal band of broad pearl embroidery, the satin
train trimmed with bows of ribbon in true-lovers'
knots embroidered in seed-pearls; a shower of white
lilacs trimmed one side of the skirt.
Another simple dress was made of white silk,
trimmed with old Venetian point, the train of
striped ivory point and white satin depending _...
la_ Watteau from the shoulders, and fastened at the
point of the waist. At the side three large pleats
formed a drapery, which was fringed with
From England we hear of the most curious
combinations as to traveling-dresses.
Biscuit-colored canvas, embroidered around the
polonaise in green and gold, while the skirt is
edged with a broad band of green velvet. The new
woolen laces of all colors make a very good effect
in the "going-away dress" of a bride.
We are often asked by summer brides whether they
should wear bonnets or round hats for their
traveling-dress. We unhesitatingly say bonnets. A
very pretty wedding bonnet is made of lead-colored
beads without foundation, light and transparent;
strings of red velvet and a bunch of red plums
complete this bonnet. Gold-colored straw, trimmed
with gold-brown velvet and black net, makes a pretty
traveling-bonnet. Open-work black straw trimmed with
black lace and red roses, very high in the crown,
with a "split front," is a very becoming and
appropriate bonnet for a spring costume.
A pretty dress for the child bridesmaids is a pink
faille slip covered with dotted muslin, not tied in
at the waist, and the broadest of high Gainsborough
hats of pale pink silk with immense bows, from the
well-known pictures of Gainsborough's pretty women.
But if a summer bride must travel in a bonnet,
there is no reason that her trousseau should not
contain a large Leghorn hat, the straw caught up on
the back in long loops, the spaces between filled in
with bows of heliotrope ribbon. The crown should be
covered with white ostrich tips. This is a very
becoming hat for a lawn party.
It would be a charming addition to our well-known
and somewhat worn-out Wedding-March, always played
as the bride walks up the aisle, if a chorus of
choir boys would sing an epithalamium, as is now
done in England. These fresh young voices hailing
the youthful couple would be in keeping with the
child bridesmaids and the youthful brothers. Nay,
they would suggest those frescoes of the Italian
villas where Hymen and Cupid, two immortal boys,
always precede the happy pair.
It is a pleasant part of weddings everywhere that
the faithful domestics who have loved the bride from
childhood are expected to assist by their presence
at the ceremony, each wearing a wedding favor made
by the fair hand of the bride herself. An amusing
anecdote is told of a Yorkshire coachman, who, newly
arrived in America, was to drive the bride to
church. Not knowing him, particularly as he was a
new addition to the force, the bride sent him his
favor by the hands of her maid. But Yorkshire
decided stoutly against receiving such a vicarious
offering, and remarked, "Tell she I'd rather 'ave it
from she." And so "she" was obliged to come down and
affix the favor to his livery coat, or he would have
resigned the "ribbons." The nurses, the cook, the
maids, and the men-servants in England always expect
a wedding favor and a small gratuity at a wedding,
and in this country should be remembered by a box of
cake, and possibly by a new dress, cap, or bonnet,
or something to recall the day.
The plan of serving the refreshments at a buffet
all through the reception retains its place as the
most convenient and appropriate of forms. The
wedding breakfast, where toasts are drunk and
speeches made, is practicable in England, but hardly
here, where we are not to the manner born. The old
trained domestics who serve such a feast can not be
invented at will in America, so that it is better to
allow our well-filled tables to remain heavily
laden, as they are, with dainties which defy
competition, served by a corps of waiters.
The pretty plan of cutting the bride cake and
hunting for a ring has been long exploded, as the
bridesmaids declare that it ruins their gloves, and
that in these days of eighteen buttons it is too
much trouble to take off and put on a glove for the
sake of finding a ring in a bit of greasy pastry.
However, it might supplement a wedding supper.