Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Princess Bride

By now the whole world has heard about the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton. They are set to marry in the spring or summer of 2011. William proposed with his mother's beautiful sapphire engagement ring which is just stunning. I think they make an adorable couple and Lord knows Kate has waited a long time for this engagement.

I must admit as a lover of all things wedding I am super excited about this wedding. I cannot wait to read all the stories and see all the pictures and assuming it's televised (which is a pretty safe assumption) I will be glued to my t.v. to watch. I was only a year old when Charles and Diana got married so I can't wait to finally get to watch a royal wedding on t.v. like our parents did back then.

The big talk of course is what Kate's dress will look like. Bride's have enough pressure picking out their "perfect" dress but when your dress is going to be seen by billions of people and your wedding will be one of the most photographed and publicized weddings ever the pressure must be enormous!

It will be interesting to see if Kate wears a more conservative gown that appears to be the standard for royal weddings. I decided to dig up some pictures of past Royal weddings to check out the dresses and the overwhelming theme seems to be sleeves or at a bare minimum the shoulders are covered. Granted most of these weddings happened 20 or more years ago so I can't help but wonder if Kate will stick to tradition or wear something more modern.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana had easily the most publicized wedding of our time. I can't say I'm in love with her dress. Granted it was 1981 and puffy sleeves were all the rage but I just hate the top of her dress. It just makes the 20 year old Diana look very matronly in my opinion. I love the skirt and that train is insanity but the poof sleeves would have to go if this were my dress.


Princess Sarah Ferguson's dress is a bit more my speed though again the sleeves could be toned down a bit. I'm in love with her Cathedral length veil and the neckline is quite flattering.

Here is a picture of William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth. I actually love this dress. Would I wear it now? Probably not, but for the time period I think it's beautiful and OMG that train! Stunning!


Here is a picture of Princess Victoria of Sweden who just got married this past June. I think this is a good guide for what Kate Middleton may wear for her royal wedding. Gone are the puffy sleeves but her shoulders are still covered and she has a more modest neckline. I think this dress is very elegant and classic though I wouldn't have minded a bit more bling. Afterall she IS a princess.

And of course you can't write about royal wedding dresses without including Princess Grace of Monaco. I am IN LOVE with this dress. Despite the high neckline I think it's gorgeous and I just die over the lace which is probably obvious considering my dress was all lace. I know some brides think lace dresses are old fashioned but I think they are timeless and classic. Of all the royal brides Grace would be the one I would want to emulate the most if I were marrying a Prince.

So which of these royal dresses is your favorite? Are you excited about Prince William's wedding?

**All images via Google images**

11 comments:

Bicoastal Bride said...

I am so excited about the royal wedding! I also hope it's televised, though I have my doubts. Kate and William have been pretty private about their relationship, so I'm guessing the public may catch a few glimpses, but not necessarily be able to watch the whole thing. I love Princess Victoria's dress, and think Kate may go for something similar, but perhaps with a little more bling and glamour. I'm pretty sure she'll choose a British designer, so it will be fun to see who she chooses.

KLaw said...

So funny. I was just thinking about this this morning! Princess Diana. OMG, how classic right? I still remember where I was when I heard she died... in Subway. 1997. Manteo, NC. Weird right?

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

Yikes. I guess I never realized how modest the dresses were. I kind of hope she breaks the mold with something a bit more modern and fashionable. The article I read predicts Kate will pick a softer fabric like tulle or chiffon so we shall see! I am definitly excited for the wedding!

Mrs. Werginz said...

Fabulous post! I too love lace...my wedding dress was lace and bling! I hope she uses lace! I agree with the sleeve thing! I did see DIana's dress on exhibit and it is amazing close up...well through a plastic box...haha! I too can't wait to watch it on TV...I will probably host a get together of girlfriends and kick out the husbands so we can analyze it as we women do best!!

bananas. said...

i'm so happy for william and kate. she seems perfect for the role. i truly hope they last...and i hope she goes modern with her dress b/c those dresses above might as well come with padlocked underwear. they're so prudish.

Marian said...

I can't wait to see how this wedding unfolds!! And my favorite dress would have to be the more modern (and less dramatic) of the ones with Princess Vicky, but I die for Sarah's veil

Teenage Bride said...

Seriosuly I almost cried when I heard the news!!! I have been following their relationship FOR EVER!!! I could not wait for this to happen. I knew it was coming when they attended their friedns wedding togetehr just a short while ago!

Born to be Mrs. Beever said...

I watched the Dateline special on them last night and I am just enthralled with her. I have always thought she was gorgeous but hearing her actually speak made me love her even more. She has a lot of pressure on her and I will be rooting for her to be strong and retain her independence in the midst of all the scrutiny.

I was also sorry to hear about your friend's divorce. We also had a friends who went through the same thing. I never understand it when someone just suddenly wants out and is unwilling to work on the marriage or the relationship at all. So sad.

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

I love this. I can't wait till she picks her gown.

Gaynor said...

I think she will go with a British designer too and our papers / websites over here are full of speculation already!

At the last royal wedding, when the Queen's grandson Peter Philips married Autumn Kelly, she wore a dress by british designer Sassi Holford, who also made my wedding dress too, so maybe she will choose something like that?

Sandra said...

You certainly are up on your royal wedding fashions!
I suddenly feel a little intimidated...