Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Royal Wedding Trends

While the big day has passed, the effects of the Royal Wedding are going to linger for quite some time. At white+white we believe Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding is sure to set trends for years to come. Here is our list of wedding trend predictions from the unique elements of the Royal Wedding that look set to become big hits.

1. Fascinators and hats

Fascinators and hats have been a longstanding tradition at weddings and can be the perfect accessory to finish off your outfit in style.

2. All white bridal parties

Kate's sister and Maid of Honour Pippa's dress may inspire more bride's to put their bridal parties in white for a clean, sophisticated look. There is nothing that says the bridal party can't be in white, it looks elegant and classic.

3. Adorable flower girls & page boys

It's a royal tradition to have a bridal party full of young children with ties to the couple. Most of all they are just incredibly cute in their wedding attire.

4. Demure wedding dresses with sleeves

The biggest takeaway from the royal wedding is the dress! The fitted lace bodice and fuller skirt will definitely become a huge trend. It's already something we've been seeing in the likes of designs from Romona Keveza and Monique L'Hullier.

5. DYI make up

Maybe you don't quite feel like yourself after having your makeup professionally done. Why not take professional makeup classes and do it yourself like Kate did.

6. Relaxed wedding hair/ jewelled tiaras

This hairstyle will be a very big trend that will be emulated. Especially for those brides that want to wear their long hair down but are torn between wanting to look more dressed up and elegant but still want to feel like themselves, Kate did this relaxed do with striking style. While you may not want to run out and buy a huge tiara be inspired by Kate's princess style by wearing some hair bling such as jewelled headbands and hairclips.

7. Greenery/Keeping it local

The environmentally conscious royal couple decked out Westminster Abbey with Maple trees lining the aisle to create an avenue feel with the understanding the trees would be replanted. Everything was locally sourced reinforcing the importance of supporting local vendors and doing what was right for the environment. Trends that we have been seeing are bride's wanting to bring the outside in and Kate was no different, it looked like the Abbey had sprouted a forest overnight. Kate's understated bouquet were painstakingly chosen for their meaning not for their size. The bouquet included Sweet William, Lily- of- the- Valley (the return of happiness), hyacinth (constancy of love) and ivy (for fidelity, marriage and affection). Myrtle was also included in the arrangement from plants grown from the sprigs of the bridal bouquets of Queens Victoria and Queens Elizabeth.

8. An all day event

Traditionally, British weddings are held in the morning followed by a brunch or lunch reception. We can definitely see couples adopting morning ceremonies followed by two receptions and late night partying. After all an all day affair is the perfect opportunity to change dresses ladies!

9. Charity registries

Prince William and Kate Middleton requested charity donations in lieu of wedding gifts. Twenty-six different charities close to their hearts benefited from this cause. A charity registry is a great idea for couples who enjoy giving back and don't have a need for an extra toaster. Think of how great you'll feel knowing your guest's gifts are benefiting those in need.

10. Coloured gemstone engagement rings and yellow gold

Yellow gold is definitely making a come back!

11. Streaming wedding nuptials

The ultra-modern royal couple streamed their nuptials on YouTube. This is a great idea for any couple throwing a destination wedding.

12. Keeping it personal

The most important thing to remember and the biggest "trend" to takeaway from this royal wedding is to "KEEP IT PERSONAL!" Kate and Will put their personal stamp on everything from Kate's earrings she received from her parents, to how they personalised their vows, right down to registering for a charity.

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