ASHEVILLE, NC – Wedding bells are ringing at Smith-McDowell House Museum. The museum’s annual Wedding Exhibit is on display now through April 30. It consists of various displays, including period wedding and bridesmaid dresses, accessories, and a trousseau. From a ca. 1822 wedding dress to early 20th century bridal gowns, these ornate displays well represent the propriety and elegance of times past.
During the 19th century, Queen Victoria displayed her power and prestige by initiating the tradition of the white wedding dress. This practice was not universally popularized until the 1950s as white wedding dresses became more affordable at this point in time. Most women found colored dresses more practical and wore whatever they had or could afford.
Smith-McDowell House Museum — recently featured on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Weekend — is a restored circa 1840s mansion and history museum. Admission to the museum includes admission to the exhibit, which is featured throughout the museum’s seven period-decorated rooms.
Smith-McDowell House is at 283 Victoria Road on the campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 8-17.
The museum is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. For more information, call 828-253-9231.