The women of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church will be showing 23 bridal gowns and sharing some behind-the-scenes wedding day secrets Saturday, May 22, at the parish house, 95 Court St., Belfast.

“Vintage Bridal Gown Show From Then Until Now” will start at 3 p.m. with the serving of coffee, tea and dozens of lemon poppy, lemon coconut, fudge ball and white mountain chocolate cupcakes.

The parade of dresses — modeled by the daughters, granddaughters, nieces and friends of the women of St. Margaret’s —- will also include a few other trousseau items, including nightgowns and even one “going-away dress” from the 1960s that is so short it barely covers the necessary. Mary Anne Whaley will provide a running commentary on the gowns, the weddings, the mishaps and more.

Among the lacy confections recently unpacked for the show is Carol Whittle’s grandmother’s dress of fine white cotton tatting, circa 1912. Caroline Voehme wore the long, slim-skirted dress with a flat, beige-colored straw hat laden with flowers, said Whittle, who added, “She was blind, which may be why the hat doesn’t match.”

Joan Whitlock’s dress, a ballet-length gown of taffeta and pleated organza overlaid with a full-skirted, long-sleeved, coat of Alençon lace, was made especially for her in 1953. Whitlock, originally from Newcastle, County Down, Ireland, confided that since there were “no bridal shops in Newcastle, you went to the big city.” Her dress bears the label “Renee’s of Belfast.”

One of the most unusual dresses is from the 1920s, a real flapper’s dress: drop-waisted and silky, elaborately beaded, cut just above the knee and a bit revealing. Linnea Johnson’s mother-in-law wore it in 1927 when she married in Woodford’s Church in Portland.

Those who lived through the Age of Aquarius will appreciate Betty Becker Theye’s 1970s-era “flower child” dress as it is modeled along with husband Larry Theye’s groom’s attire, a suit with bell-bottomed trousers. The story of that wedding will be revealed.

All proceeds from the bridal show will go toward St. Margaret’s Women’s Medical Fund. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. A limit of 80 will be sold. To arrange advance purchase, call Chairwoman Chris Urick at 338-3580.