Royal wedding: The dress, local storiesWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
Local experts envision Kate Middleton’s gown
Kate Middleton, a former accessories buyer known for her modern fashion sense, will wed Prince William on April 29 in a church ceremony steeped in royal tradition and decorum. One of the hottest topics of speculation surrounding the upcoming nuptials is how the bride-to-be’s outfit will walk the line between traditional and modern styles. Here are some predictions from a few Toledo Free Press Star fashionistas as well as some local bridal shops.
Brittany Craig, principal event designer and coordinator for Crowning Celebrations and Toledo Free Press columnist: If you look at all the royal women before Kate, they were very modest with long sleeves, high necklines, full skirts and even fullness hiding the figure like in Diana’s full skirt and puffy sleeves. While the princess ball gown is coming back in, it’s not Kate’s style. I think she will wear something form-hugging, but modest along the neckline.
Kate likes her accessories. So I think she will accentuate her gown with floral appliqués and an over-the-top veil. Instead of length in the train, I can see her adding length in her veil for that added drama. But this won’t be Kate’s only wedding dress. Kate will stay conservative for her ceremony and the Queen’s reception. I think she will change for the dinner hosted by Prince Charles. This second avant-garde dress will be more fashion-forward, showing more skin, with more accessories, fabric treatments and beading. It’s not uncommon for royal wedding gowns to have pearls, crystals and even diamonds sewn on.
Kate McComb, Toledo Free Press Star fashion writer: Kate Middleton’s dress will have a mix of traditional elegance and more contemporary elements that make it unique. She must wear something that covers her shoulders to maintain Westminster Abbey’s dress code. At first, I was thinking little cap sleeves, but now I’d like to see a shrug. I would be happy if the fashion industry’s prediction that Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, will be the designer is true.
Sarita Wrighten, seamstress at Sew-N-Such in Toledo: My thought is she will go with classic, but with a modern twist and a little edge. That’s where she can make a statement. I think she’ll keep some of the tradition, probably with the long train to re-create the Princess Di thing and then add a few more details and bling. I see her adding just a little pizzazz. She tends to wear things that are a little more form-fitting, so I don’t think she’s going to go with a huge Cinderella-type dress. The only thing I haven’t thought about is what kind of veil she will have. That will end up being a bigger surprise than most people expect.
Candy Henkle, bridal consultant at Atlas Bridal in Toledo: I think she’s going to end up going with a traditional-style dress, a tight-fitted bodice, A-line with an extremely long train. I think it’s going to be darn close to what Princess Diana wore although I think the princess had sleeves and I don’t think we’re going to see sleeves. But maybe — it is a royal wedding.
Lesia McHugh, owner of Dream Designs Bridal Outlet in Sylvania: I think it’s going to be a mermaid style but one shoulder with flowers on it because she’s pretty much her own self. She does everything different from everyone else and doesn’t follow trends. I don’t think she’ll do anything like Princess Di. Maybe a birdcage veil but something bigger and a little fancier.
Local couple shares princely weekend
Although it wasn’t planned, one local couple hopes tying the knot the same weekend as the royal wedding will make their anniversary that much more memorable in years to come.
Kate Hoetzl, 28, of Toledo and Andrew Klein, 27, formerly of Waterville, are getting married in Toledo on April 30, the day after Prince William and Kate Middleton.
“It may make it more memorable looking back 40 years from now,” Hoetzl said via email. “However, our own wedding is so exciting for both of us that it would be hard to make the weekend any more memorable.”
The couple, who met in high school, said they have received comments from friends and family about sharing their wedding weekend with royalty — especially since Hoetzl shares a first name with the princess-to-be. Hoetzl, who will graduate from the University of Toledo College of Medicine this summer, said she and Klein have had their date chosen for more than a year.
“We found out it would be the same weekend the same time the rest of the world did and were impressed how quickly they could put together such a large, historic event,” Hoetzl said. Will and Kate got engaged six months ago in October.
Klein said he didn’t realize their date would be the same weekend until media coverage started ramping up recently.
“I’ve been getting a lot of, ‘You’re getting married next week, right? The same time as the royal couple’?” lately,” Klein said via email from his home in Texas. “It’s not really annoying, but I do make a point of saying we didn’t plan it that way.”
“I just hope William and Kate have time on Sunday morning to catch the media coverage of our wedding,” Klein joked. “I’m sure they’re giving a similar interview over there about our wedding being so close to theirs.”
Swanton woman shares name with bride-to-be
Life got a bit surreal for one Swanton resident as royal wedding fever swept the globe last year.
That’s because her name is Kate Middleton, the same as William’s fianceé.
Ever since the Prince of Wales popped the question, the 23-year-old Middleton said she’s gotten odd looks when she signs her name or shows her ID.
“Whenever I sign my name to anything people are like ‘Really? That’s your name?’ and kind of question it,” Middleton said. “It’s odd when people look for five minutes at my driver’s license. I start to think there’s a problem, but it’s just the same name as someone famous now. Her name is all over now and it’s more of a household name. It’s kind of weird for me because I don’t really think about it.”
Middleton’s family calls her Kate, but most people know her as Katie. Her full name is Kaitlyn.
“I go by Katie most of the time and I’ve stuck to that because people sometimes don’t make the connection for a few minutes,” said Middleton, a case manager at the Zepf Center in Toledo. “There are a lot of random jokes, like “Marrying a prince? Good catch!’ or ‘Why are you still here?’ Sometimes I don’t even know what they are talking about. Then they’re like, ‘Aren’t you getting married in England?’”
Middleton said she’s been following the royal romance and plans to tune into the wedding.
“I plan to watch it for sure. My mom is probably the biggest fan of it and probably the biggest joking person about it. She says, ‘We gotta watch your wedding!’” Middleton said.
Middleton’s best friend is getting married April 30, the day after Will and Kate’s big day.
“People are talking about that a lot, joking that it’s a competition for the most important wedding,” Middleton said. “There will be a Kate Middleton in attendance at both.”
When Middleton, who was previously married, returned to her maiden name she said she would never change it again.
“Now I’m not sure,” she said, laughing. “But I’m sure it will die down and she will fade out of the spotlight a little bit.”
Would Middleton like to marry a prince?
“I don’t know; that’s a funny question,” Middleton said. “Is the prince a decent guy? If he’s a good guy, yeah, but I wouldn’t marry him just because he’s a prince.”
Royal Wedding Time Schedule
All times are Eastern Standard Time. London time is five hours ahead.
BBC America and most other networks will begin television coverage at 3 a.m. EST Friday, April 29.
3 a.m.: Announcement of any titles Queen Elizabeth will bestow on William and Kate.
3:15 a.m.: Guests begin arriving at Westminster Abbey.
5:10 a.m.: Prince William and Prince Harry leave Clarence House by car.
5:20 a.m.: Foreign royal families arrive at the Abbey from Buckingham Palace. Kate’s mother and brother leave the hotel.
5:25 a.m.: “Junior royals” depart Buckingham Palace.
5:38 a.m.: Prince Charles and wife Camilla leave Clarence House.
5:40 a.m.: “Senior royals” arrive at the Abbey.
5:42 a.m.: Charles and Camilla arrive at the Abbey from Clarence House.
5:45 a.m.: The Queen and husband Prince Phillip arrive at the Abbey from Buckingham Palace.
5:48 a.m.: Kate’s sister, Pippa, the other bridesmaids and page boys leave the hotel.
5:51 a.m.: Kate and her father leave the hotel by car.
6 a.m.: Wedding ceremony begins.
7:05 a.m.: Service concludes with the signing of the register in the Shrine of Edward the Confessor. The signing of the register – not the vows – is what makes the marriage official.
7:15 a.m.: Will and Kate leave the church by horse-drawn carriage, followed by a mounted escort, then Prince Harry, Pippa, the bridesmaids and pageboys, followed by Charles and Camilla, followed by the Queen and Prince Phillip.
7:30 a.m.: Newlyweds arrive at Buckingham Palace.
8:25 a.m.: Windsor and Middleton families emerge on the balcony.
8:30 a.m.: Fly-by from the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
— Source: BBC