But last week I saw this post in Twitter by Liene Stevens of Think Splendid:
I mean look at what happened when Princess Di was married (which I distinctly recall being glued to the TV to watch with my grandma in her kitchen when I was a little girl). This is the ULTIMATE in FABULOUS! Many girls dream of being a princess on wedding day. But to actually BE ONE! I mean, WOW!
You might be like me and think to yourself that this has nothing to do with you. This wedding is way across the pond! Thousands of miles away so how could it possibly affect you? I'll tell you how...
Every itty bitty detail will be scrutinized (look at my comment above about their invitation). These details will be passed onto brides, like yourself. Whether you plan on having a royal wedding or not. Let's go back in time to Princess Di and Prince Charles's grand wedding affair.
There wasn't an eye in the world watching Princess Di entering St. Paul's Cathedral that didn't take notice of the incredibly long train! I mean DANG!! It was 25 freaking feet of silk tafetta! Now check out her sleeves...
Since the debut of Princess Di's wedding gown, it has become arguably THE most famous dress ever. Several celebrities had dresses modeled after her gown. It had every element a wedding gown could have...embroidery, lace, beading, tulle, pearls, sequins... No doubt that Kate Middleton's gown will continue the trend on being a forerunner for the most sought after and trend-setting design this decade.
Never before had a bride carried such a large and elaborate bouquet. Up until this wedding, bridal bouquets were normally quite small. Enter Princess Di in her royal horse drawn carriage and her cascading bouquet. Once viewers recovered from the details of her gown and it's grand train, their focus shifted to her bouquet. At 42 inches long and 15 inches wide and weighing nearly 7 pounds, it was designed in such a way to balance her large gown. (Let's hope there wasn't a bouquet toss with that baby!) Anything smaller would have simply disappeared. Filled with stephanotis, gardenias, freesia, ondontoglossum orchids, lily of the valley, Earl Mountbatten roses, ivy, tradescantia, myrtle and veronica. It was both gorgeous and fragrant. Next thing you know, ladies around the world were donning cascade bouquets and some still do to this day.
One out of every four brides tells me they want to arrive in a horse drawn carriage like a princess. Not all of them actually follow through but the desire is still there. Wonder who REALLY started this trend?
A fresh fruit cake of apples, pineapples and banana layered with cream cheese icing and served with cold banana sabayon. YUMMY! This royal sweet was the most requested confection of 80's weddings. A masterpiece of English tradition, it stood over 5-feet tall and was elaborately designed with the Windsor coat of arms using marzipan and royal frosting, (of course, right?!). You can recreate a small version of Princess Di's wedding cake using this recipe...click HERE.
Let's not forget the ring, which Kate Middleton now proudly wears. Featuring a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire cut diamonds and set in 18-karat white gold. The world will be lying in wait to see what ring the future princess will be wearing.
The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles shaped the wedding industry and influenced brides for years and years. Still does in many ways. It is very likely that our modern day Royal Wedding will do the same.
Still not convinced? Well, here's a little factoid: The blue dress that Kate Middleton wore while announcing the engagement to William sold out with the designer within 24 hours. Marinate on that...
The influence on weddings by the Royal Wedding is going to be unfounded and is already breaking royal tradition by significantly scaling down the guest list and nixing the traditional horse drawn carriage in exchange for a car. So... although I was just as blasé about the Royal Wedding as you might be... I will in fact be tuning in on April 24, 2011 to witness their nuptials with the rest of the world. AND I will be anxious to see how my beloved industry is shaped by this decade's most influential and long-awaited event.