Royal Nuptials Influencing Brides of 2011

With Kate Middleton and Prince William preparing to walk down the long aisle of Westminster Abbey next week, wedding stylists and event planners are seeing a dramatic uptick in “fairytale” style gowns and dramatic decorations.

Tiaras, lace, hand-beading, cathedral length trains, and colored jewels are all back in a big way. The everyday take on royal wedding style is already being seen with brides choosing more ornate styles than what has been popular for the last few years. No doubt, Kate’s gown will set the bridal fashion trend for the decade, just as Princess Diana’s dress did thirty years ago. Whether it includes swaths of silk, lace, taffeta, or tulle, the look will inspire many for years to come. And, with royal watchers speculating that Kate will wear flowers in her hair, floral wreaths are growing in popularity, as well.

Of course, with the wedding reception at Buckingham Palace, elaborate grandeur is once again in favor. Think large, stunning centerpieces of all white blooms, eye-catching crystal, and multi-tiered cakes. Crystal garlands, mirror bases on tables, and high-end table linens are all being requested more and more. Customized details such as embossed monogrammed invitations and thank you cards round out this return to formality.

Perhaps the biggest trend stemming from the upcoming royal wedding is the focus on tying in personally significant elements. It has been widely reported that William and Kate are bucking tradition with a number of their wedding choices to express their unique tastes and interests. And, they’re inspiring others to do so, too!  For example, William and Kate have asked guests to contribute to their favorite charities instead of buying gifts. It is rumored that Kate will carry, in her bouquet, fair trade roses from Kenya – the country where William proposed to her. William has chosen not to wear a wedding band. And, unlike past royal brides, Kate will be riding to the cathedral in a car, instead of a horse and carriage.

Regardless if you choose formal tradition or your own individual style, there are definitely elements of the royal wedding that can be incorporated into your big day. From a lavish affair for hundreds or a scaled-down event for close family and friends, there are trends inspired from this “wedding of the century” that can definitely make you feel like royalty, too!

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