On Friday 29th April I like billions of people across the world watched the wedding of the now TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I also spent the day blogging my views for Reuters .
The wedding world has waited with anticipation to see what the theme of the wedding would be, knowing that bride and grooms over the next 18 months will want to emulate elements of the wedding on their special day.
Never has the TV had me clued for hours with such excitement – I honestly loved every minute of the coverage. I predict that many elements used in the Royal Wedding will become trend setters – my predications are as follows:
We all know vintage has been popular for a few years but now I think we will move more towards the elegance of Grace Kelly using vintage lace to cover the arms and bodice. Sarah Barton at Alexandra McQueen designed the dress for Catherine.
No longer will brides force their hair up with a hundred pins; instead they will have a half up/half down style to reflect their femininity.
Lilly of the Valley
Has always been a popular choice (albeit expensive) but Catherine bouquet just showed you don’t have to have a large bouquet to make a statement, small is sometimes better.
I first used trees at a wedding in 2007 where they lined the entrance to Leez Priory & flagged the aisle which was outside – you can see some images here . They are perfect for my weddings in the Suffolk and Essex countryside but I think we will begin to see them across the masses of weddings here in the UK.
I loved the trumpeters in the gallery and predict a huge surge in brides wanting similar for their weddings. An Essex company I have used before is London Banqueting Ensemble .
Readings & Hymns
Since launching as a planner in 2002 I have lost count of the number of times clients have used the same readings and hymns (i.e Corinthians 13) so it was great to see more individual choices and James Middleton read The Lesson (Romans 12:1,2,9-18) beautifully.
Pippa Middleton almost stole the show in my mind. Not only did she look so elegant in her dress (although not every bridesmaid would have the figure for that clingy style!) but she was always there to hold Catherine train and stood perfectly in the centre so the symmetry was perfect. She looked poised and elegant at all times.