On Wednesday May 16, 1770 Marie Antoinette Josephe Jeanne Archduchess of Austria married Louis Auguste Dauphin of France.
Although there had been much lightning at La Muette, the next day, Wednesday, 16 May 1770 dawned brightly, fortunately for the crowds,including many great ones, who had to get up early and make the three-hour carriage journey to Versailles. Admission was by ticket only--with many stern official orders to the effect that this must be respected--but there were probably 6000 people present of all ranks. For the great ones, full court dress (grand habit de cour) was de rigueur: swords and silk coats for men,tightly boned bodices, hooped skirts and a long train for women, as well as elaborately dressed and powdered hair. The Duchess of Northumberland for one had to get up at 6 a.m. to have hers done.
from Marie Antoinette The Journey by Antoina Fraser