Greatest Little Wedding
Tom Thumb Wedding was inspired by the famous couple Charles
Stratton and Lavinia Warren. They appeared at P. T. Barnum's,
Barnum's American Museum in New York in the 1800's. Charles
Stratton known as General Tom Thumb was deeply in love with
Lavinia Warren. It was said they fell in love at first sight. On
February 10, 1863 the couple married in New York's Grace Church.
It was a Lavish affair. The New York Illustrated News wrote,
"The History of General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren, reads
so much like some fanciful fairy legend, that it is nearly
impossible to regard the affair in any other light." Also
written was ," For several weeks past, the approaching
nuptials of the little pair have been the one absorbing topic
discussed by high and low."
Everyone wanted to attend the ceremony. The only way you
could get in to see the couple exchange their vows was to have an
invite. This consisted of a Wedding card created by Gimbrede, and
it bore the words, Church - Tuesday, February 10th, at twelve
o'clock. Reception - From one till three o'clock, Metropolitan
Hotel. Accompanying that card was also two individual cards. One
of Miss Lavinia Warren & one of Charles Stratton. This was not
all. With each individual card was a ticket of admission, signed
with the initials of Tom Thumb's private secretary. These were
neatly tied together with a white ribbon and given to their
guest. Without these items there was no admission in the
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fascination of this wedding still carries on to this date.
Shortly after, "The Greatest Little Wedding," people
everywhere were putting on their own Miniature Weddings as
plays. The Walter H. Baker & Co. of Boston put out a
play 35 years later called, 'The Tom Thumb Wedding." It
was published in 1898. Many churches and schools put on
theses plays for the fun of it and also as fundraisers. (Original
invitation from 1915)
NOTE: I am
aware that people reference this page to sell their Tom Thumb
Wedding photos of Children putting on the play. While I love
to see them for sale, it is sad to see that some people try to
sell them for shameful amounts. I do not endorse them. I
have been buying these photographs for over ten years now. The
usual cost is about $5.00 to $25.00 depending on subject and
clarity of the photos. Same thing applies to the original Tom
Thumb (Charles Stratton) photos with a few exceptions. As a rule,
the asking price of an item is not the value of an item.
putting on a play?
The old original play is a bit out dated with some of it's vocabulary in the
wedding vows. You can still find it sometimes on the internet.
If you are to putting on a Tom Thumb play today,
it is always nice for the kids to take part in writing the play with their own vows. I
think they could be very creative. Don't get stuck on it having to
be the same as the older plays. Just have fun with it.
If you feel you need a script or simple guidelines and do not have the time to write
your own, I have written some updated vows for the children's play. You may purchase
"Wedding in Miniature" for a fee of $5.00 and a
copy of it will be emailed to you using a wordpad file and jpg
files. No hard copies. You may make as
many copies as you need but not for resale. To receive a copy by
online payment see below.
I run this site from home
and sometimes PayPal has been late getting me my invoices so
please be patient. I strive to get the Play to you within 24
hours. To order by mail By Mail
We would love to post your
Tom Thumb Play to get the word out for your fundraiser. If you are
about to have a play and would like it posted just send
us email. Put in the subject line Posting a Play. To view upcoming plays,
photos of past plays, or if you are putting on a play,
visit our Post your Tom Thumb
Play and we will be happy to list it's Time and Place for
No purchase is necessary.