1.  Language of Flowers:  The Bridal Bouquet

Royal wedding florist Shane Connolly shared a few days before the wedding that Kate Middleton, now known as Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, wanted her wedding flowers to be natural, seasonal, British and to have meaning.

Following the language of flowers from the Victorian era, the blooms in her bridal bouquet were each chosen because of their meaning:

Lily-of-the-valley: Return of happiness

Sweet William: Gallantry

Hyacinth:  Constancy of love

Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection

Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.

To find flowers with special meanings visit victorianbazaar.com and talk to your florist about creating bouquets, boutonnieres and floral arrangements that incorporate blooms that “speak” to you and your groom.

2.  The Couple Share a Special Moment at the Altar

When Kate finally reached the altar Prince William leaned over to tell his bride, “You’re beautiful.”  Throughout the ceremony the couple shared loving glances, smiles and a few sweet words.

Don’t forget to steal a few moments throughout your wedding day with your groom after the ceremony and during the reception to share a quick kiss and chat about the wonderful day you’re having.

How Any Bride and Groom Can Have a Royal Wedding

Posted by Guest Blogger on May 02, 2011

After months of planning Kate Middleton and Prince William were pronounced husband and wife in a traditional ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Friday, April 29th.   The “wedding of the century” was watched by two billion people, but the details of the day were very personal to the royal couple.

Here are some of our favorite royal wedding details that you can have at your wedding, no matter what your wedding budget:

~ The Invitation

As the future King and Queen of England, the royal wedding invitation was sent from The Queen’s office to 1,900 guests.  The very formal card was a thick white cardstock with gilded edges and gold lettering.  The Queen’s monogram was engraved on the top of the card.

Crane & Co’s Martha Stewart Crown Invitation is very similar in style.  A crown icon is placed over the couple’s monogram in gold and the edges are gilded.  In addition to the invitation, a response card and envelope set, reception card, save-the-date card, menu card and seating cards are also available.

For pricing information visit crane.com.

~ The Official Program

The day before the wedding the Palace released the wedding’s official program, which included the complete order of the wedding ceremony, the names of those in the processional, a thank you from Kate Middleton and Prince William, a photo from their engagement portrait session with Mario Testino, a schedule of the day’s events and images of both the Prince’s crest and the Middleton family crest.

Many couples will choose to hand out a wedding program and the attention to detail in the royal couple’s official program is a great place to look for inspiration.

Minted.com’s Banner & Branches wedding program minibooks has three tabbed sections to include the order of the wedding ceremony, who’s who in the bridal party and a thank you from the couple.  There is also space to include photos of the bride and groom.

For pricing information visit minted.com

~ Their Monogram

In addition to both Prince William’s crest and the Middleton family crest Prince William and Kate Middleton had a monogram designed that entwined the first letter of each of their names, W and C, along with the image of a crown.  You can see one usage of the monogram on the couple’s wedding cake.

You can work with a graphic designer to create a monogram or check out the designs at MarryMonograms.com.  The company offers over 200 monogram designs that you can customize and purchase for as little as $39.95.  You can can feature your monogram on everything from your wedding invitations to favor tags to your wedding cake and even light up your dance floor with it.

Visit marrymonograms.com to view their complete selection of monograms and for ideas on how to incorporate one into your wedding details.

How to Get Kate Middleton’s Look!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Apr 30, 2011

Kate Middleton wore a custom-designed wedding dress by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. The lace and satin wedding dress featured long sleeves, a V-neckline, full skirt and a train that reached almost 7-feet.

The wedding dress was a classic design that took inspiration from both nature — the skirt resembles a flower opening and there are hand-cut flowers embroidered on the lace — and traditional Victorian details — a corset, padded hips and 58 buttons fastened by Rouleau loops on the back of the dress.

I thought the dress was very similar to the iconic wedding dress Grace Kelly wore when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956. Because of the similarities brides who want the “Kate Middleton look” for their wedding won’t have to worry about having a custom made gown. Many designers have similar designs in bridal salons now. Romona Keveza’s Legends line is inspired by iconic brides and have several wedding dresses that feature long lace sleeves. Here are some of my favorite look-a-likes:

{Desginer: Romona Keveza Legends}

{Designer: Elizabeth Fillmore, Gown: Sandrine}

{Monique Lhullier Bridal Style #: SS12}

{Designer: Platinum for Priscilla of Boston, Gown: Loretta}

{Designer: Platinum for Priscilla of Boston, Gown: Andrea}

{Designer: Priscilla of Boston, Gown: Kate}

{White by Vera Wang, Courtesy of Vera Wang and David’s Bridal}

Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry.

Bridal Market Recap: Trend Report {Part II}

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 20, 2011

Now that you’ve seen some of the best looks on the runway, here’s a look at the overall trends.  There were some obvious ones like lace and tulle dresses, and then some more subtle detailing such as Obi bows that after a few shows we started to see.  Here’s Part II of WeddingWire’s Bridal Market Trend Report:

Floral Details

About two years ago fabric flower embellishments took the bridal world by storm and this detail doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.  This season designers went big, featuring large floral designs on skirts, one-shoulder necklines and at the waist.  For brides not looking for a such big embellishment there were also a number of wedding gowns with smaller floral details as well.

{Wedding Dress by Lazaro}

Bridal Market Recap: Trend Report {Part I}

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 20, 2011

Now that you’ve seen some of the best looks on the runway, here’s a look at the overall trends.  There were some obvious ones like lace and tulle dresses, and then some more subtle detailing such as peplums and modesty.  Here’s Part I of WeddingWire’s Bridal Market Trend Report:


Brides looking for that walking on a cloud feeling will have no shortage of wedding dresses made partly or completely of tulle.  From full ball gown skirts to pleated bodices, designers showed wedding dresses in a variety of silhouettes with this soft and delicate fabric.

Wedding Dress by Badgley Mischka