Post # 1
I thought it would be interesting to post some stories we have heard about weddings of people we know. You know, those people in our lives who had long, happy marriages, and started off with a simple wedding. Makes you wonder if that is the secret!LOL
A lady from my church, 75 years old, loves to tell me about her wedding day. It was simple and sweet. Her entire clothing cost for the wedding was $15.95! A simple, handmade dress, but it was beautiful! She had a backyard reception, with luncheon meat trays, and simple foods. She tells me she can still see her cake sitting on a folding chair! She and her husband were married close to 50 years before he passed away. These types of stories make me starry eyed with romance, not the fancy shows on TV or the pictures in magazines. This, to me, is what true love and happiness is about.
Post # 3
@brendaray2009: that’s so sweet!! I love the stories of people who have been married for such a long time. I also like the meme about the secret to long marriage ‘we were raised in a time when if something was broken, we fixed it, we didn’t throw it away’
Post # 4
@brendaray2009: I love that story! I just found out that my great grandma had actually been engaged to someone else when she ran away and eloped with my great grandfather. (So scandelous! Especially in the 30’s! I couldn’t believe my mom never told me that before!!) My mom has their wedding picture, they’re both just wearing simple suits of the time. They didn’t have a lot of money, but my great grandfather bought her a platinum wedding band (which I will be using as my band in May!) which she wore everyday. He bought her a diamond ring for one of their anniversary’s later on…but she still wore the band every day. <3 They were together until he passed away,
@MsGinkgo: I completely agree with this!
Post # 5
@MsGinkgo: +2 love that saying.
My grandmother was working and supporting her mother, younger sister, and brother. My grandpa came here with 2.00 in his pocket. They got married during the depression, they met at a church dance. He saved up money and bought her a hopechest as her engagment “ring”. They were just going to have a simple catholic wedding and come home and eat dinner with some relatives. They walked home from church and the neighbors had blocked off the street. People had brought their kitchen tables down to the street and lined them up with nice table cloths, candles and their dinners to celebrate my granma’s wedding. It was just stew and brown bread, and someone had bought them a fruitcake from a bakery around the corner. When the baker found out who it was for he just gave it to them. They were married for 45 years before my grampa passed away.
I have the hopechest in my house 😀
Post # 6
I am loving these stories! True romance and love is not about having the most lavish wedding, and keeping up with the Joneses. It is so much more than that, and our families have stories about these times. I hope my fiance and I can be married for so long.
Post # 7
My grandmother taught school in a one room schoolhouse. They did not allow teachers to marry at that time. They did not think they could handle a career and a family at the same time. In august before school was to start again, My grandmother and her fiance took their two best friends and eloped to the next state to get married. The temp was over 100 and the men took their suit coats and ties off on the trip. When they arrived at the Justice of the Peace my grandmother asked my grandfather to put his coat and tie back on. He said it was too hot. She said she wouldn’t marry him if he didn’t. He put them back on and told the judge to hurry up because he didn’t plan to leave them on long. They returned home and took seperate rooms in a boarding house near where she taught. Only their my grandmothers mom and the boarding house owner knew that they had gotten married. They kept the marriage a secret until the Illinois board of education changed the rules to allow teachers to marry. She then took a job with a consolidated county school and they announced their marriege and moved into town together. She went on to teach for 27 years while raising 6 children. They were married 64 years before my grandfather died. She said she would not live long enough to stop missing him. They were a great example of what a marriage should be.
Post # 8
@katecal: How romantic! Waiting that long to be together officially has husband and wife. What a prime example of marriage. My aunt and uncle are married a long time as well, close to 60 years and still going strong. I don’t know the details of their wedding except they were married on Governor’s Island in New York. They are both fun people, and he has such a calm demeanor. They play well off of each other and respect each other.
Another couple at church just celebrated their 65th anniversary! They have more energy than I do, and are so much fun to be around. They also had a simple, backyard reception. Some may argue that they had it easier back then, but in reality they didn’t. Money was such an issue that they chose to just get married instead of having a blow out. Ah, romance!