1. Language of Flowers: The Bridal Bouquet
Royal wedding florist Shane Connolly shared a few days before the wedding that Kate Middleton, now known as Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, wanted her wedding flowers to be natural, seasonal, British and to have meaning.
Following the language of flowers from the Victorian era, the blooms in her bridal bouquet were each chosen because of their meaning:
Lily-of-the-valley: Return of happiness
Sweet William: Gallantry
Hyacinth: Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.
To find flowers with special meanings visit victorianbazaar.com and talk to your florist about creating bouquets, boutonnieres and floral arrangements that incorporate blooms that “speak” to you and your groom.
2. The Couple Share a Special Moment at the Altar
When Kate finally reached the altar Prince William leaned over to tell his bride, “You’re beautiful.” Throughout the ceremony the couple shared loving glances, smiles and a few sweet words.
Don’t forget to steal a few moments throughout your wedding day with your groom after the ceremony and during the reception to share a quick kiss and chat about the wonderful day you’re having.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our designer Emily created another gorgeous board to finalize our Real Wedding inspiration series. Although we all now know what most, if not all, of the amazing Real Royal Wedding details (that is if you were up at 4:30am ET this morning!), I love this board because any bride can create this type of look, royal or not – and she will ultimately feel like a princess on her big day.
Happy Royal Wedding Day Everyone!
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WeddingWire’s designer, Crystal, pulled together a royal blue and ivory color combination as her Royal Wedding Inspiration. Beautifully classic and elegant!
Bracelets: Ann Taylor | Invitations: Leslie Vega Design | Bouquet: Jonathan Ivy Photography | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Decor: Marisa Holmes Photography | Cake: Simon Lee Bakery | China: Wedgewood | Dress: Jim Hjelm
From lavish waterfall arrangements to simple, elegant posy bouquets. Here’s a look back at some of the Royal brides who have adorned statement bouquets:
1. Princess Margaret | 2. Princess Diana | 3. Mette-Marit of Norway | 4. Sophie Winkleman | 5. Miss Marie Cavallier | 6. Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark