Royal Wedding Mania!

Happy royal wedding week, everyone! I had planned on pulling together a post about royal wedding traditions, but caught a sore throat this weekend and writing two WIPs on cold medicine is, frankly, kicking my butt over here. Who knows how these chapters will read once my head has cleared???

But I am definitely excited for this Friday! Some of my friends are having a wedding party, complete with cake, champagne, and (possibly) large hats, and you can be sure I will have opinions next Tuesday. In the meantime, let’s look at some pretty dresses. Here are a few royal brides, both of recent and vintage varieties (and I am sure I am missing some good ones, but these are the ones I have pics of that are ready to go!). Which are your favorites? What do you predict for Kate’s dress? Which tiara will she wear? Do you have your wedding party planned?

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11 years ago

Ah, and I do believe you ended on Grace Kelly, no? We were just talking about her yesterday, how beautiful she was, how hard Rainier mourned for her when she passed. Truly, their wedding photos are by far my favorite among all the royals. Great post!! 🙂

Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

Alyssia, her gown is one of my all-time favorites! She was so very beautiful…

Susanna Fraser
11 years ago

I remember loving–LOVING–Diana’s dress at the time. What were we THINKING in the 80’s?

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
11 years ago

I loved Princess Maxima’s dress and Princess Grace’s. I will be getting up in the wee hours of the morning on Friday to watch the wedding. Hard to believe that 30 years ago I was actually in London when Charles and Diana were married. The day after the wedding, we went up to Edinburgh and a copy of her dress was already in the window of a department store!

Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

LOL Elizabeth–I was just reading an article about how wedding gown designers are even now trying to make educated guesses about what Kate’s dress will look like so they can get started on a copy first thing Friday. I can’t WAIT to see it. (and what was it like in London for Diana’s wedding???)

Susanna, I was a preschooler when Diana got married and was obsessed with the whole princess-bride idea. I thought her dress was exactly what a wedding gown ought to be then–now I just wonder how she could stand dragging all that fabric around all day. 🙂

11 years ago

I love the dresses in the 3rd from the bottom photo — whose wedding is it? The lacing up the back of the dresses is such a simple yet elegant decorative touch, and their hair styles are also classic and gorgeous.

It’s not shown here, but I seem to remember that Anne Hathaway wore a wedding gown in one of the Princess Diaries movies that was copied from a royal wedding. Which princess was it? I loved that one too.

Perhaps we should have known that Princess Diana was too young to get married just by looking at her dress (too late by then, of course). At 19 she fell into the “more is better” trap young girls often fall into, but as she got older her taste became more sophisticated and she developed into an incredible fashion icon.

Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

LOL Susan/DC! I dunno–I was at a wedding a couple weeks ago with a 40something bride who had the biggest gown I’ve ever seen in real life…

And that pic is Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, Princess Margaret’s daughter, and I LOVE her gown and her bridesmaids’ dresses. They are so pretty and romantic while also being elegant and classic.

Susanna Fraser
11 years ago

To me, Diana’s wedding dress is very much of its era. At the time (I was in 6th grade) I loved it. Now? That dress is wearing HER, not the other way around, and that’s never a good sign.

Louisa Cornell
11 years ago

I was in college in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Got married in ’82 and while my dress did have a cathedral length train the rest of it was fairly tame.

Grace Kelly’s dress is my favorite.

I am off work on Friday so I will definitely figure out a way to watch the wedding. Looking forward to it and especially looking forward to seeing Kate’s dress!