Fall in love with Queensland's wedding stories

Queensland Museum’s new exhibition celebrates 180 years of local love stories.

Get ready to be swept of your feet at Queensland Museum’s new exhibition I Do! Wedding Stories from Queensland

Fall head over heels with more than 40 wedding outfits, accessories, photographs and letters that reveal the love stories behind the attire.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thomson said the exhibition tells the stories of Queenslanders and highlights the social, economic and political changes in Australian society over the years.

I Do! is exclusive to Queensland Museum and we are very proud to deliver an exhibition that has been curated in-house, with 30 of the ensembles on display from our own collection,” Dr Thompson said. 

“The exhibition is more than a showcase of wedding fashion over 180 years, it provides an insight into cultural traditions, circumstances and also delves into legislation changes.”

From rebels and rule breakers to heartbreakers, the traditional and unconventional, the exhibition explores themes of Love; Rights, Rites and Rituals; Tradition; Circumstance; and Home and features an array of wedding outfits throughout the years, including the oldest wedding dress from 1840, through to outfits from the 1930s, the 1960s, and today.

“We couldn’t bring an exhibition about weddings to the museum without highlighting some of the stories from couples whose weddings were affected by COVID-19, capturing the impact of this historic event and how it affected the lives of those involved,” Dr Thompson said.

The impact of missionaries and marriage laws on Aboriginal cultural traditions and practices are also explored in the exhibition, courtesy of a commissioned wedding dress from renowned Cairns Indigenous fashion designer Simone Arnol and artist and curator Bernard Singleton.

The dress, designed and made in collaboration with Elders from the Yarrabah community, is based on a style of wedding dress which Yarrabah women were required to wear in “mission times”.

Exhibition highlights include dresses from Queensland activewear designer Lorna Jane Clarkson, the suits worn by the first same-sex couple to be married after the change to legislation, a Chinese ceremonial wedding dress and Punjabi Sikh wedding garments.

I Do! Wedding Stories from Queensland is at Queensland Museum from 18 September 2020 – 21 February 2021.