Friday, April 15, 2011

Wedding Trends from Across the Pond

When Prince William and his fiancé, Kate Middleton, wed on April 29, the entire world will watch with baited breath to see the biggest royal spectacle in decades. The trends this famous couple has set can already be seen, even here in the States. Like his mother and father, William and his bride-to-be are influencing wedding styles for many years to come.

When his mother, Princess Diana wed in 1981, her wedding gown ignited a desire with brides around the world to copy her dramatic look. Designers frantically tried to meet the demands, creating gowns that copied her iconic puffed sleeves, lace cuffs and ruffled neckline. There is no doubt that future brides will be anxiously awaiting Kate Middleton’s choice in a dress to find their own inspiration.

Kate’s engagement ring has even sparked a new craze among women around the globe. Many brides are starting to seek out non-traditional gemstones, like sapphires and diamonds in various colors, allowing them to add their own personal touch to their ring.

Despite the non-traditional engagement ring, the return to more traditional wedding features appears to be the most influential trend set by the famous couple. Many couples-to-be have taken cues from the royal nuptials by adding rich features to their special day. Elaborate and ornate invitations, dramatic lighting, and lush floral arrangements are all major trends to be seen this season.

When planning your own wedding or event, adding traditional elements can be a nice touch that ties everything together. However, it is important to make sure you add your own flare in any event you have. While traditional, royal themes may seem appealing, any direction chosen should reflect who you are, so you don’t feel like a guest at your own event.

Be sure to catch the excitement of the Royal Wedding on April 29th (two weeks!), airing on BBC America.