Historicist: Wedding Bells Are Ringing
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Historicist: Wedding Bells Are Ringing

Scenes from Toronto weddings of the past.

Tying the knot. Getting hitched. Walking down the aisle. However you describe them, weddings have long been a well-covered corner of Toronto’s social life. Flip through the social pages of early 20th-century newspapers and you’ll discover endless descriptions of what everyone wore, which species of flowers were arranged, and which notables attended. It wouldn’t be difficult to accurately recreate a ceremony from that period, down to the stitching on the wedding dress.

We’ve gathered several historical Toronto newlyweds—including an air ace, a Nobel Prize winner, and a bandleader—for a gallery of wedding photos. We also congratulate Historicist writer Kevin Plummer, whose wedding today inspired this post.

Additional material from The Courage of the Early Morning by William Arthur Bishop (Markham: Thomas Allen, 2011); Banting: A Biography by Michael Bliss (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1984); Billy Bishop: Canadian Hero by Dan McCaffery (Halifax: Formac, 1990); the May 3, 1926, and July 29, 1926 editions of the Globe; the October 15, 1917 edition of the News; the June 2, 1924, May 3, 1926, February 14, 1928, February 15, 1928, June 12, 1928, and June 13, 1928 editions of the Toronto Star; the October 17, 1917 and October 2, 1926 editions of the Telegram; and the October 17, 1917 and October 18, 1917 editions of the Toronto World.

Every Saturday, Historicist looks back at the events, places, and characters that have shaped Toronto into the city we know today.