Amish Weddings

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Weddings in Amish Communities

I first visited Cashton, Wisconsin two summers ago. Being from Texas, IDSCN3705 was stunned to see so much green! The countryside is truly spectacular. We stayed atย Amil’s Inn Bed & Breakfast. The owner, Anita, had lived in the area for quite some time and knew a lot of the Amish families. She was happy to take me around and introduce me.

One of the first stops we made was at a local store. This wasn’t a store inDSCN3704 the sense you and I would think of it. This was more like a room on someone’s property, like a small prefabricated building. Inside the room was filled with items that Amish families would need. It reminded me of our old general stores.

When I saw the material for the wedding dresses, I began to think about how different their weddings were from ours. How many of us made our own wedding dress? A few, I suppose.

The wedding that I described in A Wedding for Julia is very similar to the types of weddings in Cashton. After talking with friends in Indiana, I realized that not all Amish celebrations are the same! Indiana has so many Amish now that they’ve extended the marrying season, and some of the girls like things to be a bit more modern–flowers on the table instead of celery!

One thing that stays the same though is that homemade dress, and the fact that the dress is used after the wedding–for church and for other special occasions.

I very much enjoyed writing about this aspect of Amish life, and I hope that you enjoyed the story of Julia, Caleb, and the folks in Pebble Creek.





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6 thoughts on “Amish Weddings

  1. Melissa L.

    Love how simple the Amish weddings are. I know they are a lot of work for the families but they tend to keep things simple. Our wedding wasn’t very big but I did enjoy it. I would have loved to have a homemade dress but I am not that good of a seamstress. I was able to make my own veil though. My aunt helped me to make it. I have put up both my dress and veil in case either of my daughters or both would like to use it. Even if they do not want the dress I do hope they will maybe try the veil. It was made with love and help from an Aunt that I once was very close to.

    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Melissa, you’re right – that connection to family is so important. I imagine your veil is lovely!

  2. Don

    Glad to see you got the comment section working. I tried to leave a comment when you first posted this article, but the system wouldn’t even show a reply box. Thanks.

    We (my wife and I) have not had a chance to attend an Amish wedding — which, along with attending a day in Amish school, is about the highest idem on my wife’s want-to-do list. But when we were in Holmes Co. OH back in June we did pass two or three — and passed them and passed them and passed them…, as my wife asked me to circle around and around for her to get a few shots. (Yes, my mobster wife is guilty of drive-by shootings in Amish country…., with her camera. ) What we were able to see with the buggies gathered, the refrigerated wagons, etc., etc., looked to be a very big event among the Amish.

    While we’ve not been to a wedding, we have been to various Amish stores. We’ve seen most everything from bulk food places, hardware stores, and surplus stock stores to the prefab. little stores that you mentioned. I remember one in the smaller Bowling Green (MO) Amish community like that. It was a quaint no-frills little place…, but one of the neat things was that it carried some of the jellies, honey, candies, and other products that were made right there in the community. A really neat place to stop.

    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Don, your wife sounds like my husband – sneaking pictures. But of course I know you, and my hubby, do so respectfully. I imagine you have seen some wonderful things! Perhaps one day both of us will make it to an Amish wedding. ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, the comments section if fixed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Judy B

    I am happy to read that some Amish communities are using flowers instead of celery at their tables for their wedding celebrations. One step forward! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I still think it would be pretty neat to attend and Amish wedding from afar.

    Judy B

    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Judy, it’s funny. Folks think the Amish don’t change at all, but they do – they just change s.l.o.w.l.y. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sort of like my husband!