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'Dearly Beloved': 1845 Wedding Reenactment and Reception

Saturday, June 9, 2018

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.

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In the 19th century, American weddings gradually transformed from private, informal celebrations to elaborate and expensive spectacles. In mid-19th century New York City, many marriages took place at home. Join us in the museum’s Greek Revival double parlor as we discuss changing wedding customs in the 19th century, then recreate the 1845 wedding of the Tredwells’ oldest daughter, Elizabeth, and Effingham Nichols.

After the ceremony, guests are invited to join the bride and groom in the garden for cake and light refreshments. 19th century attire is encouraged.

  • 6:00 p.m.: Exhibition viewing — Tredwell Brides: Changing Wedding Traditions in the 19th Century
    ?Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and guests are invited to view the current exhibition which features Eliza Tredwell’s 1820 empire-style embroidered cotton wedding dress and Sarah Ann Tredwell’s 1872 silk bridal dress made in Paris.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Wedding Ceremony
  • 7 p.m.: Reception in the Garden



$40, $55 VIP Seats. VIP tickets include first-and-second row seating, wedding favors, and the opportunity to join the wedding party as a bridesmaid or groomsman. Reception only: $25.

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Merchant's House Museum

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(212) 777-1089

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