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How Any Bride and Groom Can Have a Royal Wedding

Posted by Guest Blogger on May 02, 2011

After months of planning Kate Middleton and Prince William were pronounced husband and wife in a traditional ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Friday, April 29th.   The “wedding of the century” was watched by two billion people, but the details of the day were very personal to the royal couple.

Here are some of our favorite royal wedding details that you can have at your wedding, no matter what your wedding budget:

~ The Invitation

As the future King and Queen of England, the royal wedding invitation was sent from The Queen’s office to 1,900 guests.  The very formal card was a thick white cardstock with gilded edges and gold lettering.  The Queen’s monogram was engraved on the top of the card.

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Crane & Co’s Martha Stewart Crown Invitation is very similar in style.  A crown icon is placed over the couple’s monogram in gold and the edges are gilded.  In addition to the invitation, a response card and envelope set, reception card, save-the-date card, menu card and seating cards are also available.

For pricing information visit crane.com.

~ The Official Program

The day before the wedding the Palace released the wedding’s official program, which included the complete order of the wedding ceremony, the names of those in the processional, a thank you from Kate Middleton and Prince William, a photo from their engagement portrait session with Mario Testino, a schedule of the day’s events and images of both the Prince’s crest and the Middleton family crest.

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Many couples will choose to hand out a wedding program and the attention to detail in the royal couple’s official program is a great place to look for inspiration.

Minted.com’s Banner & Branches wedding program minibooks has three tabbed sections to include the order of the wedding ceremony, who’s who in the bridal party and a thank you from the couple.  There is also space to include photos of the bride and groom.

For pricing information visit minted.com

~ Their Monogram

In addition to both Prince William’s crest and the Middleton family crest Prince William and Kate Middleton had a monogram designed that entwined the first letter of each of their names, W and C, along with the image of a crown.  You can see one usage of the monogram on the couple’s wedding cake.

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You can work with a graphic designer to create a monogram or check out the designs at MarryMonograms.com.  The company offers over 200 monogram designs that you can customize and purchase for as little as $39.95.  You can can feature your monogram on everything from your wedding invitations to favor tags to your wedding cake and even light up your dance floor with it.

Visit marrymonograms.com to view their complete selection of monograms and for ideas on how to incorporate one into your wedding details.

~ The Bride’s Earrings

Kate Middleton’s parents gave her a pair of diamond earrings that were inspired by their family crest.  The simple drop earrings were both a personal detail and her something new.

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We found a number of earrings, at every price point, with a similar design including the “Endless Love” platinum pear shaped drop earrings by Ritani, $6,960 (shown on left) and the “Wrapped Up in Bows” drop earrings from the Carolee Lux Collection, $75, (on right).

~ The Aisle Runner

Westminster Abbey’s aisle was covered with a red carpet.  Adding a runner, especially on a slippery surface, will ensure that no one slips as they make their way down the aisle.  (You may also want to score the soles of your shoes for added protection.)

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The Original Runner Company patent non-slip runners are the best place to find a runner for your wedding.  The company designs runners in solid colors, patterns, with monograms and can customize a runner to match your wedding’s theme and color palette.

Pricing for the “romance red” runner shown here starts at $145.  Visit originalrunners.com to view their products and gallery of runners.

~ Eco-Chic Wedding Flowers

Prince Charles, father of the groom, has been well-known as a champion of environmental causes and at his son’s wedding it looked like some of his eco-friendly ways rubbed off on the bride and groom.

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The bride told her florist Shane Connolly that all the flowers had to be locally grown as well a seasonal and after the wedding the blooms would be donated to charities or if possible, re-planted.  The trees that lined the aisle as guests entered Westminster Abbey were to be re-planted at Prince Charles’ Highgrove estate.

Couples looking to add a green element to their wedding can follow the new Duchess of Cambridge’s lead by asking their florist to use flowers grown locally and blooms that are readily available during the the time of year of their wedding.

Ask your florist for a list of seasonal flowers based on your preferences. You can also visit the GreenBrideGuide.com to see a list of seasonally grown flowers for initial ideas.

~ Flower Girl Dresses

It’s tradition in England to have a bridal party of children.  In addition to a supporter (best man) and head bridesmaid (maid of honor), Prince William and Kate Middleton chose nieces, nephews and godchildren for their bridal party.  The little girls wore ivory dresses made from the same fabric as the bride’s dress.

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Whether your bridal party will be comprised of all children or just one or two flower girls you can dress them in a dress similar in style to the bridesmaids at the royal wedding.  These two flower girl dresses from Calabrese Girl feature full skirts, capped sleeves and a sash at the waist.  Visit calabresegirl.com to view all the dress/sash color combinations and to find a retailer.

(Style on the left: $138/Style on the right: $90)

~ Maid-of-Honor Dress

Pippa Middleton started a new wedding trend when she stepped out in an ivory bridesmaid dress.  The Alexander McQueen floor-length gown featured capped sleeves, a cowl neckline, lace trim and buttons down the back.

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If you want your maid of honor or bridesmaids in a dress similar to Pippa Middleton’s have them try on one of these cowl neck full length dresses.

On left:  Sleeveless cowl neck crinkle chiffon dress with rouched inset at natural waist and draped skirt by Lela Rose Bridesmaids. Style LR154 available in stores in June.  (Suggested retail price $280, dessy.com).

On right:  Sleeveless cowl neck lux chiffon dress with draped skirt by Dessy.  Style Lytle 2830 in stores now.  (Suggested retail price $240, dessy.com).

~ The Bride’s Veil

Kate Middleton topped off her wedding-day look with the Halo Tiara, a something borrowed from The Queen and a veil trimmed with hand-cut lace flowers that mimicked the lace flowers on her wedding dress.

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The “Bella” veil shown here by Tia Mazza features French lace trim.  Visit tiamazza.com to find a retailer in your area.

~ Getaway Car Decorations

The newlyweds surprised the crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace by making their getaway in Prince Charles’ Aston Martin.  The car was decorated with red and blue bunting, a “JU5T WED” license plate and balloons.

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Anyone can have a festive getaway car with this Just Married Car Decorating Kit available at shindigz.com, $19.95.  Simply ask your wedding planner or bridal party to put the decorations on the car during your reception so it’s ready for you to make a stylish exit.

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Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry.

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