It's the big day and you're invited: a multitude of marriages, caught on film since the 1910s.
From royal nuptials and lavish society weddings to more modest but no less joyful celebrations, this collection captures a century of wedding day jitters and excitement. Happy couples from all corners of the UK come together to cement their union, often filmed on precious family cine cameras – though it’s the guests who sometimes steal the limelight. While many of these films show centuries-old wedding day traditions and church ceremonies, no two are quite the same - one bride even swaps the white limo for a traction engine - and we glimpse marriages reflecting Britain’s multicultural mix.
Amateur film19824 mins Location: Harrow
Everyone's home in Harrow to witness Lady Di's debut as a Royal and a record-breaking winter causes chaos in 1981.
Newsreel of the lavish royal marriage, which was probably the biggest British newsreel story of the decade.
Home movie196039 mins Location: Butetown
Tiger Bay in Cardiff's docks area: a successful, multi-cultural community, providing a variety of activities, but which is threatened by 'slum' clearance.
Drama198683 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry
The bar flies prepare for the big day with betting, boozing and banter. But will best man Billy break more than his ma’s heart before the wedding?
Home movie19654 mins Location: Rhydlewis
A delightful duo perform on bottles and tubs in Taliesin between shots of a wedding near Rhydlewis and a sale of Welsh Black cattle in Scotland.
Non-Fiction19253 mins Location: Spitalfields
Follow the happy couple from the family shop on Brick Lane to a garden party serenaded by the San Diego Dance Band
Amateur film19677 mins Location: Canterbury
Cricket takes a back seat in this film from 1967 which concentrates more on the spectators, their fashions and colourful examples of millinery
Magazine and Review show198313 mins Location: Birmingham
It's not only a big day for Zubair Khan and his sixteen year old bride Saeeda. It's also brings together two families.
Non-Fiction191110 mins Location: Llanelli
60-year-old Sir Edward Stafford Howard takes 30-year-old Lady Catherine Meriel Cowell Stepney to be his second wife in Llanelli.
Home movie19809 mins Location: Leeds
Eating, dancing in the front room, playing football in the garden, walking around Whitby, a birthday party, a wedding – just being common people, only with a Jewish twist.
Amateur film196310 mins Location: Pontypridd
Bedding, table lamps, coffee set, lighter, toaster … gifts that will set up Patricia Morgan and Kenneth Haynes for married life after their wedding at St Mary’s Church, Glyntaf.
Non-Fiction19219 mins Location: Llangynog
Nesta Donne Philipps (aged 17) takes the Hon. George William Reginald Victor Coventry (aged 21) to be her lawful wedded husband at St Peter’s Church, Carmarthen on 17/9/1921.
Amateur film19342 mins Location: Old Felixstowe
Having an architect for a father came in handy on Beris Wrinch's wedding day. A special bridge was designed so the wedding party could reach the marquee in style.
Home movie193913 mins Location: Keighley
Nobody would guess, watching the celebrations for this happy couple of newlyweds, that within a month Britain would be engaged in a world war.
Home movie195513 mins Location: Brent
Great period footage of two suburban London weddings in these family films from the 1950.
Home movie196623 mins Location: Gabalfa
The camera records the day that Vanda Jenkins, daughter of Cardiff hairdresser Chris Jenkins, goes from being a ‘Miss’ to a ‘Mrs’ as she marries her beau Timothy Cronin.
Home movie19322 mins Location: Thirsk
The gentle folk of Thirsk crowd around in their new hats and finery to glimpse the newlyweds as they emerge in splendid procession from St Oswald’s Church.
Amateur film19733 mins Location: Ilford
Speeches, toasts and kippahs in this Super 8 home movie of Richard and Lyn Brookes’s wedding, held at Beehive Lane Synagogue in Ilford.
Non-Fiction192617 mins Location: Houghton-Le-Spring
For richer for poorer - curious crowds mob three local celebrity weddings in Houghton-le-Spring in the 1920s.
Home movie193310 mins Location: Pendine Sands
Brayshays in Laugharne, Buckleys at Llangynin, 'Voyager' on the Thames, 'Seafarer' on Pendine Sands and 'Herzogin Cecilie' on the rocks.
Amateur film195510 mins Location: Llanarmon-yn-Ial
Beautiful but unusual wedding film in that a pig makes a brief and unexpected appearance, and the bridesmaids appear to be going off on honeymoon with the bride and groom.
Amateur film195614 mins Location: Pinner
Hats, stumbles and happy faces at this wedding film from 1956, taken at the service and reception of Judith and Peter Elliott in Pinner.
Amateur film19307 mins
Leslie Goulden's amusing home movie combines beach-time fun with what could be courting couples and the wedding of Jim and Monica
Amateur film19632 mins Location: Stratford
Shocking pink outfits, impressive cake and a gargantuan veil feature in this brief home move shot at this wedding somewhere in East London
Non-Fiction19134 mins Location: Rhyl
22/9/1913 was the Big Day for Gustavus A Cheetham and Edith Maude Lawson of Rhyl. Gus worked for his father, film/cinema pioneer and entrepreneur Arthur Cheetham.
Amateur film19546 mins Location: Old Fletton
Following a chance meeting at the Royal Albert Hall, Dick Catchpole weds his bride Angela in a wonderful summer wedding.
Amateur film196810 mins Location: Aberystwyth
The groom, Robin Varley, waiting on the steps of the Tabernacle Chapel, in Powell Street, Aberystwyth, on 19/10/1968, looks at his watch. Where is she, his bride, Beryl Jones?
Wedding of Mr. W.A.V. James to Miss Constance Joy Thomas at St. Margaret's Church, Cardiff, September 11th, 1923
Non-Fiction19234 mins Location: Roath
William Albert Victor James and Constance Joy Thomas, both from families involved in The Splott (Cardiff) Cinema Co. Limited, tie the knot at St Margaret's Church in Roath.
Home movie196536 mins Location: Dulais Valley/Cwm Dulais
Master baker John Dillwyn Williams, owner of Duffryn Bakery, Onllwyn, turns his hand to film-making and captures community events in glorious colour.
Amateur film193712 mins
Minstead's ladies enjoy a cricket match on the village green in this charming film that also features two weddings, a holiday and a giant crab
Home movie19542 mins
Happy moments are shared by beautifully-dressed, as yet unknown wedding participants who pose for photographs after the marriage ceremony on the steps of the venue.
Home movie196625 mins Location: Balham
Footage of a 60s wedding in south London followed by the honeymoon on the beach in Barbados.
Amateur film195512 mins Location: Devon
There are blizzards of confetti in this wedding montage which also features holidays in the West Country and the Empress Queen
Amateur film19389 mins Location: Cathays
Summer 1938 must have been an exciting time for Marie Cohen and Nettie Morris as they planned their weddings at the synagogue on 25/8 and 6/9, and receptions at the Connaught Rooms.
Amateur film19302 mins Location: Shanghai
Cloche-hatted wedding guests, armed with confetti, lie in wait for the newly weds as they exit from a Shanghai church while their limousine gets the treatment.
Non-Fiction193312 mins Location: Eaton
It?s Saturday 17th June 1933 and Norwich society were out in force for the wedding of Mr. William H. B. Sanders and Miss Kathleen May Vincent at Christ Church Eaton.
Amateur film19577 mins Location: Becontree
There’s all the elements of a great wedding – hats, ribald graffiti, confetti, awkward relatives – in this short home movie of a wedding in Exeter from 1957.
Amateur film19603 mins Location: Becontree
Flower girls, kisses and 60s fashions as a couple go up the aisle in this home move of a family wedding in the 1960s.
Amateur film19646 mins Location: Ilford
A windswept veil, pre-wedding drinks and Ilford high street feature in this short wedding film from East London in 1964.
Home movie19532 mins Location: Pontardawe
The Big Day for Alun Hopkin of Godre’r-graig and Gaynor Griffiths of Pontardawe. As was common in the 1950s, they leave for their honeymoon by train, waved off from Neath Station.
Amateur film193112 mins Location: Romsey
Social and civic events in Romsey are recorded in this film from the early 1930s - with fascinating views of the town centre as well as a car crash and a devastating house-fire.
Home movie194017 mins Location: Swallownest
An enigmatic pot-pourri of a film of a village in wartime. Although life appears here as normal, an inauspicious motif seems to lurk within the avant-garde cinematic style.