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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 BlessingMade in United States, North and Central America
Copyright 1952, used in 1956
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 Ranier of Monaco, American (Philadelphia), 1929 - 1982.
Silk faille with rose point lace appliqué embellished with seed pearls.
Currently not on view
1956-51-3Gift of Her Serene Highness, the Princesse Grace de Monaco, 1956
LabelDevout 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.