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The royal wedding has become the behemoth bridal event of 2011. With over two billion pairs of eyes expected to watch the special day, it will mark the beginning of many bridal trends.
When I produce and design a wedding, I always try to impress upon my clients that their wedding is "their" wedding, not their mom's or their grandmother's. But as royalty, Prince William and Kate have a much harder time making it their own. Their wedding will bring a return to more traditional elements -- things that have become less important over the years, like classic attire and engraved invitations.
Of course, the wedding dress will set the bar for the rest of the year, and will become the defining look for 2011. Princess Diana's dress was, and still is, a topic of conversation 30 years later. Her iconic gown was very much the style of the 80's. Wedding, prom and bridesmaid dresses of that time were all influenced by the design. It ushered in a decade of taffeta, puffed sleeves and layers of crinoline tulle under a full skirt, and helped make Diana one of the leading fashion icons of her day.
Kate will do the exact same thing. Her dress will certainly be replicated, much like celebrities' Oscar dresses, allowing any bride to feel like a real princess on her wedding day.
And like the dress, Diana's gigantic cascading bouquet became the quintessential representation of the 80's bride. Thankfully, we've progressed past that, but Kate's bouquet will have the same effect, setting the standard in bridal bouquets for the next few years.
Plus, with a wedding reception in a venue like Buckingham Palace, formality and grandeur will come back into fashion -- think lots of crystals for extra sparkle and large, lush centerpieces at receptions.
I wonder if a multi-tiered fruitcake will become the top choice after April 29?
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