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Top event planner David Beahm explains how Prince William and Kate can break the rules using some non-traditional flower choices at their wedding, but still please the Queen:

When it comes to the big day, Prince William and Kate Middleton have shown a willingness to buck some of Buckingham Palace's most conventional conventions. William won't be wearing a wedding band and Kate is arriving to the ceremony by car instead of the usual horse-drawn carriage. And I think it's delightful! While there are good reasons for them to honor tradition -- and they are, mostly -- it's also important for them to make the wedding their own. They're young, and let's hope they cut loose a bit.


If I were planning these royal rebels' wedding, I'd love for them to add oomph with an abundance of colorful flowers. Royal weddings traditionally feature white or cream flowers, such as gardenias, lily of the valley, white delphinium and white roses.

First, I'd make the necessary nod to tradition with a base of daffodils, ranging from yellow to butter to cream. Daffodils are cheerful yet elegant. They are perfect for a spring wedding and are a national symbol of Wales (England has many daffodil farms; it could help pump up that economy!). Even the Queen couldn't quibble with that.


Then I'd spice it up with bursts of vibrant color -- bright orange variegated tulips, electric blue delphinium, foxgloves in purple and pink and lots and lots of deep purple hyacinth. The variegated tulips are a great twist on a classic, and the delphinium and foxgloves will add apropos royal jewel tones. I'd love to have the hyacinth just everywhere, giving off a gorgeous fragrance that would waft over the entire wedding ceremony.

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Since I love poking tradition in the eye, I might even add some wildflowers! There's a U.K. property that's a part of my david beahm destinations collection called Coworth Park, and its front lawn has been planted in beautiful, swaying wildflowers. It's a traditional English estate with modern twists and amenities, and the fields of flowers really make it one with the countryside. The wildflowers are so beautiful that I actually wept when I saw them (seriously), and I think that kind of natural beauty -- maybe not conservative, but definitely English -- belongs at Will and Kate's ceremony.

Now, you might be asking, what will Will and Kate do with all these lovely flowers after the ceremony? As of now, they're planning on leaving them in Westminster Abbey so visitors can take photos with them. Might I humbly suggest sending them directly to the British people instead? Hospitals, schools, hospices -- they're all in need of flowers! It would really make it the "people's wedding."


David Beahm is a leading creative force within the event industry. Named one of New York's top ten designers by Biz Bash, David's full range of highly inventive work continues to be sought after by the most demanding clients, including Fortune 500 CEOs and world-renowned celebrities. It was his dazzling design for the nuptials of movie stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas that launched the legendary event now known as "The Wedding of the Century." Most recently David has focused on expanding the david beahm destinations collection, a streamlined luxury destination event platform consisting of 30+ exceptional properties and capable of handling everything from event design to hotel accommodations to itinerary planning. To learn more, visit destinations.davidbeahm.com and use the following unique passcode (just for royal wedding readers!) to view the invitation-only collection: royalwedding2011.


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