It was April 1956 when Grace Kelly walked down the aisle in a dress designed by Helen Rose. The gown was a full a-line princess silhouette with lace sleeves and a bodice that nipped in at the waist.
Fast forward to April 2011 for William & Kate’s big day! (I hear you! Yes, it has been 2 years since all of us not enjoying the UK public holiday spent our work day trying to sneak regular peeks of Kate’s dress!)
When we finally did catch a glimpse of that Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown, the parallels between both were instantly obvious. Again we were looking at a full a-line princess silhouette with lace sleeves and could certainly see Kate’s tiny waist! Some people were disappointed but I loved the dress…I loved that it was so “appropriate” for a royal bride (not a bare shoulder in sight!) and that the lace sleeves and neckline were so delicate and cut in a way that didn’t feel at all boring. And after all, Kate, was becoming a princess so if we’re honest we wanted nothing less than the full works!
So before I get completely lost in thoughts of wonderful wedding gowns, this post is a reminder for all brides to be, that if the Duchess of Cambridge can look to past brides for inspiration so too can you! It can be really helpful in deciding what “your style” is.
If you’re engaged and caught up in your planning right now make sure you do the following first, before getting carried away on all well meaning “you should”s:
1. Stop. Take a moment. Take a week or a month. Make sure to take some time with your groom to think about this day and what you both (yes ladies!), want it to be. Is having an intimate family only affair where the focus is on the commitment you’re making a priority or do you want to share everything by having a big party with everyone you know.
2. Now give some thought to style on the day. Are you a modern couple or are you seduced by old world elegance. Does the idea of a wedding of a wedding in the city center excite you or fill you with dread?
3. And then…do you see yourself saying “I do” in a full princess skirt or were you thinking something a little less? Do you love or hate lace? Is there a certain era that you particular love e.g. this 1930’s inspired Vera Wang gown or this 1940’s inspired lace Stephanie Allin. You don’t need to make any decisions at this point but start thinking and maybe looking at what styles you have been drawn to over the years.
So contrary to what you may be told, don’t just head to all the wedding dress shops you can find to try on every dress – you head will spin!
There are so many gorgeous gown options your perfect match, regardless of budget or style, is out there! x