Dresses in the ’40s were often simpler than in the decades to come, though ornamentation helped to disguise many a plain or heirloom dress during wartime rationing. Post-war some women made their wedding dresses from parachute fabric.
During World War II weddings were often simple, even slapdash if the groom (or bride) was shipping out soon after. Post-war weddings came to have a greater scale and folks had more time and money for larger celebrations.
Wedding rings for men gained popularity during the ’40s as a point of connection for the groom since so many of them shipped out soon after the occasion.