Royal Wedding Style For The 21st Century
Let's see, a horse drawn carriage to Buckingham Palace, the
Archbishop of Canterbury, 1000 year old Westminster Abbey, 1000 British
military personnel, The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, a handful of
and princesses, complete with one 'common' girl. Sounds like the
makings of a fairy tale wedding... wait a minute, it is!
The guest list for the service is said to be about
1900 and has been reported
to include royalty from around the world, rich and famous
(of coarse), as well as, the lucky 'commoners'
connected to William, Kate, and Kate's family. The Sultan of
Sir Richard Branson and family,
Sir Elton John, Prince Albert of Monaco and financé Charlene Wittstock,
The Beckhams, to
name a few who will be in attendance.
The guest list will be paired down for the Queen's reception at Buckingham Palace, and reduced to an intimate 300 for the Prince's dinner and dance.
I couldn't help but imagine myself on the guest list and wonder what I would wear ( and of coarse, how I would do my hair and makeup).
What wedding style does one go with for royal affairs?
In three words GRACEFUL, CHIC, AND GORGEOUS.
In fact, this is a fool proof approach to style for all your Grand
Wedding style that is GRACEFUL, CHIC AND GORGEOUS are not just
descriptives of a single style...they achieve these three objectives
that will result in fool proof personal style, no matter your
style. The kind of style you will not regret the day after or in
photos ten years from now.
Food for thought' wedding style ideas can be found at a
few of the fashion magazine web sites, where they post photos from
galas and other special events; Vogue.com 'Parties",
VanityFair.com under "Style" , HarpersBazaar.com under
"Celebrities And Parties" .
As you view photos of all sorts of VIP,
celebs, and others, you will
able to quickly discern the more classic styling from the
extremes, and stick to upscale events. Note the combinations;
hairstyles and necklines,
hairstyles and earrings, necklines and jewellery, dress color and
fabric with choice in accessory colors and fabrics, including
footwear...all of this should bring you up to speed with current looks
and how accessory elements and outfit are pieced together.
While your at it, if designers are noted in the text descriptions, jot down the ones you like. You can visit their websites to see their opinion of the ideal pairings of accessories with their designs.
Once you have a pretty good idea of what the dress will be like its
time to shop. Your budget will take over at this point.
If style choice and accessory pairings are still a puzzle, a great
resource for on line one stop shopping and helpful fashion tips, is
net-a-porter.com. Find a dress you like, click on it for details
and price, and they add suggestions for accessories and more.
If you can work that net-a-porter purchase into your budget,
great. If the price points are out of your budget... the next
stop is FractionPrice.com. You may not get your first
choice in dress, but
you can get a close second choice designer dress plus accessories
here....and yes, as the name suggests, at a fraction of the
price. You can also take the styling ideas from Net-A-Porter and
sub in jewellery and accessories from FractionPrice.
Now, if I could choose without financial constraints, I would head to net-a-porter.com and select the below outfit from the ease of my own home (and the excellent, helpful suggestions from it's pages). It is pricey $$$$ though.
Last word on wedding style? Upscale does not mean uptight. To have style with grace at a very upscale event does not mean boring or pretentious choices...we have all seen a lot of expensive pieces put together without style or grace (by those that have significant means). The real key is finessing right pieces into a gorgeous customized style on you, and then hold your head up and smile.