Wartime weddings often left little time for preparations. According to a 1942 issue of Vogue, "Weddings nowadays hang not on the bride's whim, but on the decision of the grooms commanding officer. He names the day when he grants that unexpected furlough... The 1942 schedule may run something like this: engagement announcement on Monday, invitations sent out by telegraph on Wednesday, the last handful of rice and rose petals flung on Saturday.
"The dominant daytime silhouette was one that reflected the practical needs of the wartime woman. Skirts short enough to ride a bicycle, jackets buttoned high to the neck for warmth, lacy sweater to make the wool go further, sturdy shoes, and a shoulder bag," according to Vintage Weddings: One Hundred Years of Bridal Fashion and Style by Marnie Fogg.
Pictured: Joe and Helen Forden, married in the 1940s. Photo courtesy of Diane Forden, Editor in Chief.