My Predictions for the Royal Wedding
Posted on 22 April 2011
With just one week to go, being a Brit and a Professional Wedding Planner and with a company name of ‘An English Rose’ next Friday is beyond huge for me…. My Union Jack is ready to hang out from my front door and the girls have been invited round for Bucks Fizz and a good old fashioned ‘fry up’ followed by Scones and Cream tea at Lunch time (well it will be tea time in the UK after all)!!
Like all of you I have been going crazy just imagining all the possibilities next Friday is going to bring in terms of THE DRESS, the dress and the dress… however I am also very excited to see what the other guests are going to be wearing and of course the Hats! Flowers, design, decor, colours, food and the centre piece of all centre pieces – the cake!
So for just a moment before I go into what my predictions are… I have to talk a little about ‘Hats’… a lot of my North American colleagues and friends just don’t seem to understand why us Brits love our hats so much but we do!! It is a huge fashion statement whether it be at Weddings, Polo Matches or the piece de la resistance… Ladies Day at Royal Ascot, where the whole country is watching to see who has the most stunning or extraordinary hat! However, as lovely as our hats are, we really don’t enjoy wearing them all day for one thing it ruins our beautiful hairdos – so the question is when do you take them off?? Tradition is that you only remove your hat when the Mother of the Bride removes hers!
But hats are not just for the women… you will often see men adorning ‘Top Hats’ at Weddings and at the Races. Can you believe it is even rumoured that David Cameron (the Prime Minister of England) is going to break wtih tradition at turn up ‘hatless’ at the Royal Wedding.. well all I can say is ‘tut tut’ Mr Cameron!
OK, down to my predictions….. I don’t think we will be seeing Kate in a strapless ballerina poofy style wedding dress – I think she will be wearing a delicate design with lace, slender fitting and flowing with a medium to long lace train, her shoulders will be covered and also perhaps part of her arms as a mark of respect for what will be her royal status. The bridesmaids again I see in single colours with long dresses (no ankles showing at this wedding) in a similar style to Kate’s. As for the designer, I would love it to be Stella McCartney… but have a feeling it will be a specialised boutique up and coming designer – British of course!
For the flowers I think we will see a natural round shaped bouquet, not too tight with perhaps some Victorian roses and I would love to see a combination of soft pale yellow with whites or creams as her chosen colours. The Yellow reminds me of Spring and Daffodils which of course are the flower of ’Wales’ – perfect for the royal line she is marrying into!
As the Queen will be hosting the Wedding Reception at Buck House it will be in line with tradition of all Royal Weddings, but not before we see that Royal Kiss from the Balcony first! I see Long Tables with countless Crystal Glassware the finest Bone China with both High and Low Floral arrangements running through the centre of the tables. Unfortunately I don’t think Will & Kate had too much of an input into the Royal Reception, however for the evening Gala hosted by Prince Charles I think it will bring in the designs of the couple and I am hoping to see brighter colours, loud music and a very fashionable evening for just close family & friends with perhaps Sir Paul popping in to sing a few songs!!
Wedding night will be at the Palace and as with tradition I think they couple will spend a few days up in Balmoral before heading off to a private Island somewhere hot!
So Miss Middleton, you really are a living fairytale….arriving at Westminster Abbey as Kate, marrying your real life prince charming and leaving as Princess Catherine – I think our ‘Queen of Hearts’ Diana would be very proud.