Eventista: Royal Wedding Dress TrendsWritten by Brittany Craig | | firstname.lastname@example.org
There has been a fury in royal weddings over the past year, with William and Kate’s April nuptials taking the cake. From last June, when Swedish Crown Princess Victoria wed Daniel Westling, to last weekend’s celebration of Monaco’s Prince Albert II to Charlene Wittstock, royal weddings are setting new trends.
Every girl wants to get married in style. And when you are a Princess, or about to become one, the dress you choose will go down in history. If you recall, Princess Grace and Princess Diana’s dresses are iconic and set the fashion for their day. Today’s Princesses have had a few things in common; from their sleek satin fabrics, to crystal embellishments and lace details, look for these trends in Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 bridal lines.
Following tradition and respect, neither of the Princesses chose strapless for their ceremonies. Both Princesses Charlene and Victoria had off the shoulder, rounded necklines, and Princess Catherine chose a high, v-neck lace bodice and sleeves.
Embellished details sparkled on Princesses Catherine and Charlene’s gowns. Both showed embroidery depicting flowers, with shamrocks for Princess Catherine. Princess Catherine’s dress featured a lace appliqués on the bodice, skirt and veil, while Princess Charlene’s embroidery, adorned with teardrop pearls and Swarovski crystals, gradually increased down the front of her gown to the trim and center of her train.
Princess Victoria’s satin dress was simpler and did not include embroidery on the front, but that only highlighted her heirlooms: a lace veil and beautiful Cameo gold crown, both which were worn by her mother, Queen Silvia. The veil dates back to the 1962 wedding of her grandmother Queen Sofia of Spain.
Princess Charlene also wore “something borrowed” with a 19th century diamond hair piece on loan from her sister-in-law, Princess Caroline of Hanover. The sophisticated and intricate accessory was nestled in a low bun, offset underneath her right ear. Princess Catherine “borrowed” a diamond sparkler, too, with a 1936 Cartier ‘Halo’ tiara, given to Queen Elizabeth on her 18th birthday from her mother.
All three Princesses carried tiered flowering bouquets, breaking the trend of the more rounded shape. The tiered shape is more flattering to the silhouette of the wedding gown and its delicate details. While Princess Victoria’s was more abundant, Princesses Charlene and Catherine were more petit and delicate.
In all the glory and the grandeur of the day, these three Princesses featured sleek fabrics with streamlined silhouettes to allow graceful, intimate details to shine through. As you choose your wedding day attire, remember that less can be more. Let your love radiate, not your attire.
Brittany Craig is the principal event designer and coordinator for Crowning Celebrations. She specializes in weddings and social celebrations. Follow her Eventista blog at http://www.crowningcelebrations.blogspot.com.