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Here comes the bride ...again


As the bride takes centre stage on her wedding day, so does her dress. But have you ever wondered what happens to wedding dresses after the Big Day?


by Nicole Tata


again, but too precious to give away. Monica Todd came up with an ingenious idea to give some of these wonderful garments one more outing. She is putting together a display of local wedding dresses at St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green, featuring some 30 dresses on loan from local ladies living in nearby Newick, Barcombe and Fletching. Dating from the 1950s onwards, the dresses will be displayed in full splendour in the church, each with its individual history, along with flowers and music.


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dmired by all but worn just once, most wedding dresses are kept treasured in a box in the attic or the back of the cupboard, never to be seen


“I originally got the idea from my


Ruby Wedding celebrations, when we were reminiscing over old photo albums,” says Monica. Discussing her ideas for an exhibition, she got six dresses from friends and family members straight away and her collection grew from there. The first exhibition was held at St Mary’s Church, Newick, in 2005 and raised £1,300 for children’s charity ICM helping children at risk in Columbia. Now Monica is putting on another show, this time to raise some much needed funds for St Peter’s Church in Chailey Green, this October.


Come and take a trip down memory lane and discover some fascinating local history at its most personal.


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