Royal Inspiration

Since I am having a winter wedding, I want to wear a shawl or scarf during the photos that will be taken outside. I was set on a fur shawl like the one below I found on etsy. I imagined wearing this for only a couple hours, just to keep warm.

But after watching the royal wedding I fell in love with Kate’s jacket she wore with her second dress. I could do multiple blog posts on the royal wedding. I loved watching every second of it and yes I did get up at 4:30AM to see it live! Now I want to find a cute jacket like Kate wore…I am on the hunt!

Royal Wedding, The Cakes

The wedding cake was a big disappointment for me. I felt that the design was a little dull and not nearly as stunning as I would have

hoped. Not that I was able to taste it, but I wasn’t excited that they stuck with tradition and served fruit cake. If you are not a long time reader, click here to read about that tradition. (I’ll give you a hint: First comes love, then comes marriage…)

Prince William requested a biscuit cake using a family recipie. I have never had a biscuit cake but am obsessed with digestives. Also referred as English biscuits, these cookies are very close to a Girl Scout Trefoil. I would love to try this type of cake sometime in the future!

Royal Wedding, The Bouquet

I love Kate’s bouquet for many reasons. I love that you can actually she her waist and the bouquet is small enough that it is the accent rather than the focal point. I am not a fan of a massive bouquet where you cannot even see the dress…or the bride. I attended a wedding once where the bride looked topless. Why? She carried the bouquet far too high (let your arms rest on your hip bones) but also it was too large for her size 0 frame.

What are my other two reasons for loving her bouquet? Tradition. She carried flowers that had been used in other royal weddings. Brides rarely want to wear than mother’s gown but they could copy this idea and carry the same flowers. I really like that idea.

Finally, Kate opted to follow the meaning of the flowers. Did you know that flowers have meaning? I haven’t heard of this tradition being followed in years but I do enjoy the significance. According to the official royal wedding website, Kate chose her bouquet to include:

  • Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness
  • Sweet William – Gallantry
  • Hyacinth – Constancy of love
  • Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
  • Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love

Royal Wedding, Attire for the Guests

If you look at the invitation, the wedding attire was specified as uniform, morning coat, or lounge suit. I think it goes without saying that the attire detail that everyone cared about was the hats.

And we cannot talk about the hats without starting off with Princess Beatrice. It was a jaw dropping creation. I am interested to see if the Princess turns into a fashionista ala Isabella Blow or Daphne Guinness. The milliner that designed most of the hats worn at the wedding is none other than Philip Treacy.

Members of the royal wedding kept with a more traditional look. I would love to plan a morning wedding where the ladies wear lovely hats and the gentlemen wear morning coats.

Royal Wedding, The Gowns

I realize that everyone else has already talked about the Royal Wedding. I waited until I could find the exact images before hitting up my blog. I really adored Kate’s Alexander McQueen wedding gown. The gown is not only elegant but very much Kate’s style. I felt that the dress was a cross between the wedding gowns worn by Grace Kelly and Ivanka Trump. I loved the cut. I also loved the lace and that it wasn’t strapless!

And then there was the second dress. Also designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, I felt that it was a huge fail. The gorgeous embellishment didn’t work with the simple circle and the shrunken angora cardigan. Seriously?! The dress doesn’t fit the royal occasion. It is far too simple and the jeweled waist looks as though it was added on at the last minute. I would have suggested an entirely different dress. I think that Kate’s Maid of Honor, her sister Pippa, wore a gown that would have been a much better choice for an evening gown. That dress was amazing!

Watching the Royal Wedding

If you are interested in getting up very very early to watch the royal wedding, click here for a website that will be streaming live. Are you getting up to watch the royal wedding? I’m not sure if I’ll be able to wake-up in time. I do have a fond memory of watching Princess Diana when I was a little girl. I remember being so impressed with the size of her wedding gown.

Either way, there will be lots to talk about tomorrow!

Royal Wedding, The countdown begins…

To say that I am thrilled at the plans of a royal wedding is an understatement. I cannot wait to see how their plans will impact future trends. I pray that Kate is a More is More kind of girl.

The future Mr. and Mrs. attending a wedding together
which is a big deal if you have been following this couple)

I remember watching Charles and Diana’s wedding on the tele when I was 5.
Her dress – and her 25 foot train – was insanely over the top

I can’t wait to see what is planned for 2011! Let the countdown begin…