A wonderful description of an 1920’s Blantyre wedding can be found in this article.
The marriage was solemnised in East U.F. Church, Blantyre, on Wednesday, April 14 1926 of Rev. Jas. Stanley Fyfe, Duns East U.F. Church, and Miss Jean Murdoch Burleigh, elder daughter of the late Rev. John Burleigh, Blantvre and Mrs Burleigh. Much public interest was taken in the event, and at the hour of the wedding, 11.30am, the congregation almost filled the church while many assembled outside to witness the coming and going the bridal party and guests.
For the occasion, the church had been decorated with roses, tulips and ferns, and made a charming setting for the bride who wore a gown of cream crepe de chine, with lace overdress, and veil with orange blossoms. She carried a sheaf of lilies, and was given away her mother.
The bridesmaids were Miss Elizabeth Burleigh, sister of the bride; and Miss Margaret Fyfe, sister of the bridegroom. Their dresses respectively were of peach and powder blue crepe de chine, and each wore a string of pearls, a gift from the bridegroom, and carried bouquets of lilies, roses and sweet peas. The best man was Mr John Broadfoot, and ceremony was performed Rev. W. A. Ross. Ushers were Messrs Wm. Hunter and Shannon.
As the bridal party entered the church, Mr John Danskin, jun, played the Wedding March by Wagner. The congregation sang the 2nd paraphrase, and the hymn ‘The Voice that breathed o’er Eden,’ and at the conclusion the doxology, ‘The Lord bless thee and keep thee,’ was sung. As the wedding party retired from the church the organist played Mendelssohn’s Wedding March.
After the ceremony, the reception was held at Abbeygreen, Blantyre and later in the dav Rev and Mrs Fyfe left for their honeymoon, the bride travelling in wine coloured two piece suit, with hat and scarf.
Picture: Unrelated. For Illustration only.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017