6 Royal Wedding Trends To Inspire Your Big Day

In April 2011, every person in America woke up absurdly early to watch the coverage of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Wait…was that not a thing everyone did? Well, I did at least, and I am counting down the days until I have the chance to do it again for the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress, Meghan Markle. If you’re like me, and an upcoming royal wedding has you wrapped up in dreams of horse drawn-carriages and tiaras, then you may be looking for a way to sprinkle a bit of that regal magic onto your wedding day. Check out a few of the royal wedding traditions that you can incorporate into your big day to give it that extra bit of majesty.

Royal brides always wear white, and usually lace

Since the wedding of Queen Victoria, the original white-gown bride, and Prince Albert, it has become tradition for royal brides to saunter down the aisle all in white. The gowns chosen by royalty are usually made of lace, as well, or at least incorporate lace into the design. And there is a reason that the longest dress train available is called the “monarch!” To look English royalty on your wedding day, select a white lace gown with a regal, show-stopping train.

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Royal brides always wear a tiara

If you really want to feel like a princess for a day, a tiara is a must. Royal brides always wear a tiara, whether from their own family’s collection or borrowed from the groom’s family. Speculation is buzzing over which tiara Meghan Markle will wear for the wedding, but one thing is for sure: it is going to be lovely. Bridal tiaras can be worn with, or in place of, a veil, or if you are looking for a more understated look, a dazzling headband can also do the trick.

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The bride’s entrance, and the couple’s exit, are via horse-drawn carriage

The ending of Cinderella wasn’t just a vision created by the imagination of Walt Disney. Royal couples really do travel from the wedding to the reception in a horse-drawn carriage! If the sun is shining, the couple travels in an open carriage, waving to the public who line the streets, and in the case of rain, a glass coach is used instead. You, too, can have a royal departure from your ceremony and travel to the reception in style via carriage. It is also a great photo op…and a chance for you and your groom to enjoy a moment of quiet before the party continues.

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The wedding party is filled with children

Rather than asking all of her best friends to be bridesmaids, the royal bride instead asks all of the children in the family (or the children of close friends) to join the bridal party. These flower girls, bridesmaids and pageboys range anywhere in age from 2 to 17 years old and trail the bride into the wedding ceremony. Choosing to use this bit of royal wedding inspiration is sure to send your guests into delighted “aww”s…and it’s also a great way to narrow down the bridal party if you’re having a tough time choosing only a few friends.

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The bridal bouquet always includes a particular flower

In 1845, Prince Albert’s grandmother gave Queen Victoria flowers containing myrtle, which she planted at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. The enduring love between Queen Victoria and her prince is legendary, and because of this, all royal brides since have included a sprig of myrtle from that plant in their wedding bouquet. While you may not have access to that particular shrub, you can ask your florist to include the flower, or just the brilliant greenery, in your wedding bouquet!

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The bouquet also plays a special role after the ceremony

Begun by the Queen Mother in 1923, the traditional placing of the bridal bouquet at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey is one of the most heartwarming of all the royal wedding traditions. We are not all able to place our bridal bouquets at the American equivalent, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, but it is a beautiful testament honoring those who came before making our celebration possible. To recreate this for your wedding day, the bride can place her bouquet on a table decorated with photos of family members who have passed away, but are celebrating with the couple in spirit.

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