Oaklands Mansion exhibit features 200 years of wedding dresses

Oaklands Wedding Dresses

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – The annual “Wedding Dresses through the Decades” exhibit is underway at Murfreesboro’s Oaklands Mansion.

From 1847 to 2014, the dresses stand proudly next to the pictures of the Middle Tennessee brides who wore them.

The simple 19th century dresses to the famous heavy beading and puffy sleeves in the 80’s and classic lace everywhere. Oaklands Wedding Dresses

“I think that is the most interesting part of it are the stories that go along with the dresses,” Education Director Mary Beth Nevills said.

One of the oldest dresses in the room belonged to the renowned Confederate General John Hunt Morgan’s bride. The couple married in the 1800s.

The exhibit takes guests through two centuries of bridal fashion.

Many of them were re-worn by daughters to honor the nuptials that came before theirs.

“We get to know them and we see their personalities and then when it’s time to set up the exhibit each gown has a personality,” explained Nevills. “It’s really neat to match the personality of the gown and the bride.”

Also, for the first time ever, Oaklands Mansion is offering elopements and vow renewals inside the mansion on Valentine’s Day for $175. Participants can bring 16 guests.

Click here for more information on how to reserve a spot.

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