WARTIME weddings, especially those involving members of the armed forces, were very different from those that took place during peace time. They were organised in spite of the scarcity of almost every essential for a traditional wedding, and they were often carried out at short notice; sometimes servicemen and women only had 48 hours leave in which to get home and hold the service.
Additionally, because of a general feeling of uncertainty and the danger that so many were facing at home and abroad, lavish weddings were thought by some people to be inappropriate anyway.
In the aftermath of the royal wedding celebrations, Stan Warner of Bloxwich has provided us with a picture that was taken at the wedding of his aunt Joan (nee Warner) and Jack Wolverson, at St Thomas’s Church, Wednesfield, on April 27th 1941, showing the happy couple surrounded by friends and family.
Thankfully, there was at least one restriction that probably didn’t affect Jack and Joan’s marriage plans, and that was the rationing of clothes — that didn’t come into effect until June 1941, when sixty-six coupons were issued annually, reduced to sixty coupons over 18 months the following year.