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almost as if everyone wanted to do
the couple justice.
“Carole Middleton chose a pale
blue Catherine Walker wool crepe
coat-dress over a matching silk dress.
Her Jane Corbett hat was dramatic,
but we could still see her proud face.
The queen was so cheerful in a prim-
rose dress and coat by Angela Kel-
ly. Never mind the fashionistas: she
has been colour-blocking for decades.
Camilla (Prince Charles’s wife) wore
a lovely hand-embroidered Anne Val-
entine champagne silk dress and duck
egg blue coat.”
It wasn’t just the family matriarchs
who turned up their style. Guests
arrived in flouncy, broad-brimmed
hats, neat cloches, smart pillbox hats,
bejeweled fascinators, bird-cage veils,
feathers, pearls, bows, and gloves.
“Bright colours and top-to-toe shades
were the order of the day, as West-
minster Abbey was lit up with vibrant
tones of teal, coral, cobalt, and pink,”
Brides can encourage style by adding a dress code to invitations, asking
that guests wear hats, or “At the couple’s behest, we request: bowties for
guys; pearls for girls!” If it seems too
much to ask, keep a table of accessories for guests who “forgot” about
the dress code. Add fun hats, feather boas, ropes of costume pearls, and
statement headbands. With a photo
backdrop nearby, the items can double as props. Incorporate prizes for
the best hat, brightest outfit, etc., to
play up the British theme even more.
Wedding days should be as outrageous and unforgettable as the
brides and grooms desire. At Grace
Kelly’s wedding to her prince, doves
flew from the cake when it was cut.
Kate Middleton had two wedding
gowns—one for the ceremony, one
for the reception. There’s no telling
what newly engaged Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle will plan.
It’s likely that most of us won’t get
married at Westminster Abbey, on a
balmy Greek island, or in front of
thousands of adoring subjects. But
why should that stop couple from
having a royally inspired wedding?
Float down the aisle in a snow-white
dress that makes you feel like a queen.
Add myrtle to your bouquet. Order
a cake that requires on-site assembly.
Ride off into your own love story in
a rented Rolls-Royce, and remember
that, even if the car isn’t yours, the
heart the person sitting next to you is.
Rebecca Cuthbert lives, writes, and cares
for shelter dogs in Dunkirk. She is a fre-
quent contributor to Buffalo Spree and