100-dress display showcases generations of weddings at St Michael's Linlithgow

Almost 100 wedding dresses were on display at St Michael’s Parish Church in Linlithgow Saturday at an event showcasing generations of couples who have been married in the 13th century Kirk.

Wedding dresses

Dresses dating from the 1950s to the present day charted the evolution of bridal fashion attracting dozens of visitors to the church.

Stephanie Thomson, who became the fourth generation of her family to marry in St Michael’s in 2015, said her mother Margaret Johnston, the Church fellowship team leader, came up with the idea last October. She says:

“I think our minister was quite amazed at the response. Right from the get-go people wanted to put their dresses on display. It was great. Absolutely everyone in the church got involved.

“There was a lovely buzz about the church over the weekend as we welcomed members, brides and people from the community.”

“On the day the display looked really beautiful. We had dresses from generations of families, mothers and daughters, sisters and more. When we didn’t have all the dresses from previous generations, we put up photographs so it really told a story.

“The church felt like such a welcoming place and a very happy place.

“To begin with, people didn’t think we could fit 100 dresses into the church, but we were determined to do it even if meant moving pews. Everyone was chipping in.

“We made our own mannequins with Church members gathering on Sunday afternoons for a Mannequin Workshops, the flower team made beautiful displays and posies, and the organists played throughout the event.”

“Everyone was sharing their stories and it brought us all together. It was lovely to see the Church so busy.”