Friday, November 13, 2009

Kiddie Weddings?

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I've been researching Black vintage weddings, brides, and bridal gown styles for about a week now. Before I start the posts (and I've got 175+ pics and articles) about vintage African-American weddings, I've got to stop and mention the three pictures I found of mock weddings for kids. There's even a name for this practice: Tom Thumb weddings.

How hilarious!

Say what you will about how bizarre, or perhaps inappropriate, child weddings may be, even if performed in jest, but this lil' bride's hair is SHARP!

Adorable... but it's abundantly clear that these kids have no idea what's going on.

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  1. These were very popular in their time. Sometimes they were even used as fundraisers. People loved them.

  2. I remember wanting to have a "wedding" so badly when I was a child, mostly for the dress. Which is still the main reason I want a wedding.

    Looking at the children's expressions in these photos now, produces the somewhat uneasy feeling I get when I see photos of kiddie pageants, where children are encouraged to participate in traditionally adult activities.


  3. You are taking me back... I was a "bride" in a Tom Thumb wedding when I was 5 years old. I attended a Montessori school for "blacks". Anyway, I remember crying to my mother that I was not going to kiss the boy. So, it was agreed that we would shake hands. I don't remember all of it, but I remember the beautiful dress, the handshake, and that my best friend at the time was my bridesmaid. I don't even remember the "groom".


  4. We had one of these at my church when I was little (I'm 30 now). I was a bridesmaid and I wore a white dress, gloves, and paper plate hat with glitter and streamers.