Grace Kelly's Bride's Manual

Full title: Bride's Manual: A Manual of Catholic Devotion with Mass for the Marriage Ceremony and the Nuptial Blessing

Written by Rev. J. M. Lelen, Ph.D., French, 1873 - 1964. Published by Catholic Book Publishing, New York. Decorated by the Wardrobe Department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Culver City, California, founded 1924. Carried by Grace Kellyat her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco, American (Philadelphia), 1929 - 1982.

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
Copyright 1952, used in 1956

Medium:
Silk faille with rose point lace appliqué embellished with seed pearls

Dimensions:
5 3/8 x 3 5/8 x 1 1/2 inches (13.7 x 9.2 x 3.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

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Accession Number:
1956-51-3

Credit Line:
Gift of Her Serene Highness, the Princesse Grace de Monaco, 1956

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Label:
Devout mid-twentieth-century brides often elected to carry a prayer book or Bible in place of a large bridal bouquet. On her wedding day, Grace Kelly carried a small bouquet of lilies of the valley and this specialized missal, whose full title is Bride's Manual: A Manual of Catholic Devotion with Mass for the Marriage Ceremony and the Nuptial Blessing. The gilt-edged book, filled with prayers, hymns, meditations, and information in accordance with recent pontifical decrees, was a gift to the bride from a longtime friend of the Kelly family, Mrs. John F. McCloskey of Chestnut Hill. It was sent to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to be decorated with silk, lace, and seed pearls to match the wedding dress.


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