THE ROYAL WEDDING | sigh, I know, but it’s worth it | A little shocked about a lot of things on Will + Kate’s Big Day

You’ve come a long way, baby.

YOU GUYS.  I actually didn’t want to blog about the Wedding Royale with Cheese today.  Why?  Mostly because I knew EVERYONE ELSE WOULD BE BLOGGING THE THING.  But WOW, lotsa pressure from y’all on Twitter to hear my little ol’ take on the occasion.  I’m touched, and a bit frightened… so I, uhh, I hope I get it *right*.  (Don’t hurt me.)

Anywho, it was immediately clear that parallels would be drawn to Grace Kelly (their dresses are incredibly similar), and that the internets would generally be all a flutter about how beautiful she looked, no matter what.  I mean, you could probably schedule a post the night before; it’s always just so obvious what’s going to be discussed.  In fact I wanted to start our letterpress giveaway (THAT’S RIGHT) today instead, and completely ignore the Royal Wedding.  What?!!  Really, I did.  But then a billion things happened, Royal-Wedding-style, that I totally HAD to talk to you about… sooooo I decided next week’s perfect for our giveaway.  I probably shouldn’t have told you about that just now.  Stupid, Alison.  Stupid, stupid!  Ok, please don’t be upset, it’s worth the short wait.  And it’s also the perfect time to reveal our Sarah Seven and Tessa Kim giveaway winners.  So that’s next week, y’all.  You’ve OBVIOUSLY waited long enough.  Ok, onwards…

Here’s what my Mom texted me this morning:

You up?  The wedding brought tears to my eyes.  I did not think I would react this way.  It was so beautiful.  She was so cool and collected.  She fits the role perfectly!  You can see how comfortable they are with one another.

I shared that with you guys because I think she captured how I felt this morning, and how quite a lot of people felt about this event.  Heck, I’ve been poking fun at the whole thing for the last two days here on the blog.  Clearly, I just wasn’t caught up in it yet.

All I can think to say right now is thank goodness Kate rocked the look that she did.  Because I was not in the mood to trudge through a gazillion wedding submissions featuring brides with puffy long sleeves or aggressively large fascinators for the next year or so.  Because it’s inevitable; young thangs far and wide will be using the Royal Wedding as inspiration for their own nuptials for years to come, and we wedding bloggers can only hope that their source of inspiration will be classic and gorgeous enough to encourage spin-offs that keep things firmly settled in Tasteful Land.  So I was delighted to see that today’s wedding ceremony and all events surrounding it thus far have been incredibly understated – as Royal Weddings go – and I’m actually *excited* to see what brides source from the event.  Oh and by the way… I CRIED.

Yep.  I turned on the television, saw Kate, and tears welled up and began to fly out of my eyes.  It was like someone pepper sprayed me with emotional feelings.  Like the mama, I did not think I would react this way.  But then I was like, Alison, you LOVE weddings.  That’s why you do what you do.  You save vendor applications from cinematographers for last, because you know you’re going to sob like a colicky baby when you finally review their films.  So OF COURSE YOU’RE GOING TO CRY OVER “THE BIGGEST WEDDING OF THE CENTURY (or so they say)!”

Of course, being me, aside from crying, I also took note of some unexpected moments, and I’d like to share them with you as well as get your thoughts and feelings about them:

1. This ring ceremony made my freaking DAY.  The wedding band?  Made from a nugget of Welsh gold.  BOOYAH.  Officially totally acceptable to wear a gold ring with an anything-but-gold-engagement ring, y’all!  It’s an age-old concern, to worry about matching your set.  But really, it’s not a big deal.  So stop worrying if you’re in the wrong to want a wedding band that doesn’t match your engagement ring.  It’s really your call.

2. Many are speculating that Kate’s family (those are her parents, Michael and Carole) will not be very involved in her life, if at all, from this point on.  And that it’s just the way things go once you become a member of the royal family.  I don’t really love that.  At all.  What think you?

3. Clearly, Camilla’s lobbying was effective, because Kate emerged with a Cartier tiara atop her head.  Are you a fan of the tiara look for your wedding day?

4. Kate’s maid of honor and sister, Pippa, wore a white gown by Alexander McQueen as well.  What are you thoughts on that?

5. Kate’s veil.  Personally, I loved it.  In my earliest daydreams of a being a bride, I imagined myself wearing a blusher (a veil that features a layer to veil your face as you approach your groom, and then can be lifted over your head).  You really don’t see those all the time.  But now that Kate’s rocked one, HELLOOOOO BLUSHERS.

6. Kate seemed a bit unstable, physically, as they were exchanging vows.  Do you think she was just overwhelmed and fatigued?  Or was it a bit of hesitation/fear?

7. Kate’s gown was quite 50s in silhouette, with gorgeous embroidered sheer sleeves and a slightly deep v.  Much less ostentatious or fashion-forward than many had hoped, but you guys, I really, really loved it.  You know why?  Because that embroidered sheer sleeve look is kind of my dream dress.  I believe this confirms that I have royal taste.  High five!

8. Kate did have a beautician, but apparently she wanted to do her own makeup.  I should note here that she’s been formally trained by a professional makeup artist, but still, that’s pretty bold.  I was actually quite shocked by this decision.  How do you think she did?  A little too heavy on the smokey eye?  Or just right?  And would you do your own makeup?

9. Check out the royal wedding cake being served tonight.  I was kind of completely expecting it to look like this.  I have cake esp.  What do you think of the look?

10. And finally, this little event made my freaking DAY…

Will and Kate did something unprecedented, by departing for their “period of reflection” (aka, sexy time or sleepy time, depending on their mutual energy levels, as well as the time of month… ya feel me, ladeeez?) before the reception in an Aston Martin (aka, every guy’s dream car) loaned by Prince Charles.  The license plate read, “JUST WED”… loves it.  You?

Lastly, did you totally not give a crap about this wedding, and still don’t?  Or did you eat it up like I did, once it got underway?

Also, are you kinda psyched about the letterpress giveaway?  Tee hee.

Happy Friday, friendlies!  Can’t wait to hear your feedback on all of this.

xoxo!  – Alison

All images credited within names.

Label(s): {Celebrity Weddings}, {News + Gossip}

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  1. Brit @ Landlocked Bride on April 29, 2011

    Let me just say that I could write a book on this wedding, that is how much I loved it. The simple and understated beauty of the event will educate brides that not all weddings need to be this extravagant ordeal. The heart of this wedding was truly rooted in the fact that Will and Kate love each other. And, you could so tell. I think during her vows that she was just overwhelm with emotion. If you look closer, you can see her chest rising and falling because she’s breathing heavy. Probably nervous energy.

    Her gown? Oh. I am personally not a lace fan (as in I would not wear it on my wedding day), but it truly is beautiful. And, the way it was incorporated into her dress was just magical. 100% fit her and her style. I love that she did her own make-up – and here’s the catch, she’s been formally trained. So, it worked for her. Otherwise, I recommend hiring someone.

    I’m sure she had some say in the fact that her sister wore white. I personally loved it. In no way did she upstage Kate.

    I’m going to stop myself before I get too carried away on how much I truly enjoyed watching this wedding. And, P.S. I cried, too. A lot.

  2. Nikki {Perpetually Engaged} on April 29, 2011

    Great post! I hadn’t planned on posting it about either until someone asked me if I was planning for it. I honestly am a last minute blogger so I hadn’t thought about it. I haven’t watched it yet, I will tonight with my Brit neighbor, but I watched the balcony kiss online and teared up.

    She looks flawless and I am so excited for them to start making babies! ;)

  3. Kerry @ Paper Dahlia on April 29, 2011

    Love your take on the royal wedding! I wasn’t excited about it either until I started watching it. My thoughts: dress was stunning, a little heavy on the eye makeup, and not crazy about the tiara. Glad it’s over now!!

  4. J (SparklyLove) on April 29, 2011

    OK the second I heard them say “moment of reflection” I giggled out loud and said “oh is that what the royals call it?” even though I was the only person home. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that!

    I thought that Kate (do we have to call her Princess Catherine now?) looked stunning, but I was really surprised by the dress. It was way more traditional than I thought she would go, but definitely timeless. And Pippa looked gorgeous!

  5. Katie Smith on April 29, 2011

    I didn’t follow a whole lot of the wedding up until today. Although, if you watch the news at all, it was bound to come up sometime during your cup of morning coffee…

    1. It’s totally fine not to have a 100% matching band. Mine came as a set (my band is custom to fit perfectly against my ring), so mine match. But I have a simple gold band I just wear sometimes, too for when I’m running, doing yardwork, etc.

    2. I know the whole philosophy of leaving and cleaving (and I wish my MIL would accept that a little more, ha!) but not being involved in your daughter’s life at ALL is a little extreme. I understand she’s royalty, but gosh…

    3. I think you have to be a specific kind of person to wear a tiara. Kate wore it beautifully, but sometimes I feel like they can be tacky, tbh. It’s not for me. I think they should be left to royalty.

    4. I’m not a HUGE fan of an all-white wedding party. I think it was fitting for the royal wedding, however. But in photographs, the bride doesn’t always stand out unless her dress is drastically different than her own. Kate’s dress is clearly a wedding gown, and Pippa’s dress was different enough. I think it can be done carefully.

    5. Kate’s blusher veil was amazing, and perfectly done. The blusher is meant to add a little mystery to what the bride looks like, not to cover her up completely. I wore a blusher and loved it.

    The moment my Dad took off my veil and my husband could really see me was beyond words.

    6. You could see Kate was shaking when she was in the carriage. My hands shook in front of ~ 40 people, I think mine would if I were in front of 1,900 people, and 2 billion people watching on the TV…

    7. Her gown was beyond perfect, completely classic and timeless. If I were to have sleeves, I’d want them like hers. Loved the covered buttons along the wrist, too.

    8. I would be too nervous to do mine, which is why I hired people! Smoky eye was great, not too overdone, and I’ve seen her wear that heavy of an eye before, she looked much like herself.

    9. I wouldn’t have the cake at my wedding, but it’s stunning!

    10. A blue Aston Martin convertible, you can’t get any better than that. Oh, maybe it if it were black ;) Shame British cars fall apart so quickly :-P

  6. Laura on April 29, 2011

    You nailed it. :)

    and since you asked…
    1. The wedding band: it summed up the rest of the day. Classic trumps glitz every time.
    2. I certainly hope they will be involved. I know “reports” have said that Prince William & Kate’s dad have a great relationship.. hope royalty doesn’t change anything!
    3. The tiara couldn’t have been more fitting for Kate. For a non-royal wedding? On the fence for that one..
    4. I would have never have guessed she would wear white, but now that I’ve seen it, I can’t imagine another color being any better. Also heard that Pippa’s gown was trimmed in the same lace as Kate’s. Talk about keeping it in the family!
    5. I suspect blushers will be all the rage now.. Although, I’m not convinced many of the modern dresses could handle it the way Kate’s elegant dress can..
    6. I’m totally with @landlockedbride here.. nervous energy for sure. She was grinning the entire morning- you can’t deny the emotion there!
    7. A throwback to the 50s for sure.. and HER WAIST. Could anything have been more flattering??
    8. Gutsy. The girl has courage. But she also knows her favorite (and least favorite) features..
    9. Again, traditional & classic. Probably the least “wow” factor..
    10. Adorbs.

  7. Stacie Shea on April 29, 2011

    This wedding was the perfect event for William and Catherine. Their love for each other was beaming and so evident throughout the entire ceremony. It was the subtle wink’s and smile’s they were giving each other that let us all know how much they love each other. The glow was on both of their faces!

    I found one of the most magical moments of the ceremony to be when Harry turned around to look at Catherine and then give William the report.
    As a wedding planner my favorite moment in the wedding is when the groom first sets his eyes upon the bride. Since William was not able to do this in the typical manner that U.S. brides are used to I think Harry turning around and getting the first peep to report to William was breathtaking. It only shows how close the two brothers are.

    I love their simple understated elegant style that they both chose. I think their nerves were nothing more than nerves. How can we comment on that? Each of us knows we were nervous walking down our own aisle. Sometimes those nerves were just nervousness over tripping over your own two feet. Can you imagine how nervous you would be with all those eyes on you..just waiting for you to mess up? Catherine is a true princess to be able to deal with that much media and still be glowing and beaming the confidence that she does.

    I cannot wait to see what trends my upcoming brides decide to bring into their weddings. Trees, more traditional veils, simple flower bouquets, all white wedding parties, seating similar to the Abbey. It makes for so much excitement in the years to come as a wedding planner….I CANT WAIT!!!

  8. Kristin on April 29, 2011

    I’m embarrassed to say that I did some reading up on British wedding traditions, and apparently it’s customary to have the bridesmaids in white – along with the bride.

    Diana did the same thing. It’s also custom to have children as bridesmaids, which just sounds like chaos to me!

  9. Jennifer on April 29, 2011

    I Loved the look of the wedding today! Kate looks so classic and elegant. I love that dress so much, it is also my dream gown look. Very hard to find that unless you want to pay the big bucks!

    I love that Pippa was in ivory. I think it’s a great nod to the old tradition of the bridesmaids wearing white to ward off bad luck on the bride. Plus I think it looks elegant. No one would mistake her for the bride so it’s not a big deal in my eyes. I love it.

  10. Alicia@CharityWedding on April 29, 2011

    I was excited for this wedding but watching it was SO much better than I expected even in the wee hours of morning! I LOVED that you could feel that they had a say in this wedding and even considering who they are, wanted it to be “them.” You could feel the love between them and the fact that they are perfect for each other. She seemed so calm and graceful- I would have been throwing up. I love that she did her own makeup and is willing to stick to her guns and just be herself. She is going to need that trait. Diana got really wrapped up in being a Princess thus the reason her dress was out of control over the top and that lead to a lot of problems. I think Kate will do a beautiful job as a Princess. Weddings are so intimate and I sort of feel like we are friends now so lets up they want to meet me someday!

    I LOVED the dress. LOVED it. Absolutely perfect for a modern princess and I could have not imagined anything better.

    I just keep thinking about how this is SUCH a long day for them. I was exhausted after my wedding and while it was sort of an all day event- it was nothing like this. I can’t even imagine.

    My question- will she wear the dress to the dinner or will she have a 2nd dress?!

  11. Alicia@CharityWedding on April 29, 2011

    Oh and (as if I needed to say more) I thought white was the perfect choice for Pippa. For such a formal event I think any other color would have been too much! I loved it.

  12. Monique @Oh Darling Bride on April 29, 2011

    I loved the wedding! And I loved the fact that Kate did her own make-up. I did my own make-up and if you know what you’re doing and have great product, it’s the way to go! Thanks for the great round up of the Royal Wedding :)

  13. Koru Kate on April 29, 2011

    Once I turned on the TV & saw Kate arriving at the Abbey, I fell for this wedding hook, line & sinker! Kate is a classic, beautiful Bride & I loved everything about her wedding day look. Pippa was gorgeous (I too have been a bridesmaid who wore ivory!) & those flower girls were adorable. What struck me the most was the love between them. It was beyond sweet!

  14. Lena on April 29, 2011

    Not only did I eat this up, I was DYING to hear what you’d think. Does that make me a stalker? Maybe a little, but I’m okay with that.

    First, that gown was absolutely perfect. My first thought was, ‘And everyone was expecting something fashion-forward’, but frankly, there’s nothing I love more than a 50s-inspired silhouette (and nothing that makes a body look better, I think).

    She was cooler and more collected that I can imagine anyone being on a day as crazy as this one, and has clearly taken control of this whole royalty thing.

    That said, I really can’t imagine her parents will suddenly be kaput. But who knows-do they get invited to dinners and events? My guess is no, but my hope is yes!

    LOVED the classic gold wedding band, and that darling little car-so sweet! Oh, and that tiara! Classic, low profile and completely appropriate.

    But dear God, I hope this doesn’t meant that every girl in America is going to revive their tiara fantasies. Because let’s get real-the girl just married the Prince of England. She gets a tiara.

    Also, can we talk about her bouquet? A simple posy of lily of the valley-I’m in love!

    As for Pippa’s white dress-really, no one was going to confuse her with the bride. Just not gonna happen today. And it was stunning on her!

    All in all, I’m a big fan. I didn’t think I would get nearly so wrapped up, but what do you know-we’re all suckers for a really beautiful wedding, and a good fairy tale.

  15. Ashleigh on April 29, 2011

    Oh my GOSH I loved every moment of this day!!
    Your mom’s text put it perfectly :) Kate’s dress was stunning – classic & beautiful, absolutely perfect for her, and it fit like a dream! Pippa was equally gorgeous, she wore that dress so well, esp. wrangling children, lifting train, etc. I thought Kate seemed more calm than William at times and yes a bit unstable but I felt like it was the shoes. Maybe? I don’t know…seemed to be some wobbles at other moments too. Overall, I’m still quite wrapped up in it, even after watching in live, I just can’t get enough!!

  16. liz on April 29, 2011

    lovedddddd poppy’s dress! when i saw her later, i thought it was kate in the reception gown! girl rocked it! both her and kate looked stunning. cant wait for reception!

  17. LatteLove on April 29, 2011

    interesting on your comments about Kate in the ceremony.

    I wasn’t that nervous in my wedding ceremony, but I didn’t crack a smile until the end. it just felt solemn and you’re also in front of people with all eyes on you! I thought she did beautifully considering the circumstances!

  18. Heather Reed on April 29, 2011

    Hooray to all! Yes, my happy a** was up at 2:59am – with no alarm clock mind you – fully adorned in my best jammies w/English Breakfast tea and scones. In the time it took me to run to my neighbor Dede’s house (we don’t have a television), Kate had already been walking down the isle for days.

    Loved the dad – presh – and loved the makeup. Didn’t discover she did it herself until reading this, but seeing as that is my plan for July 2nd 2011 (2nd wedding, no big) it would appear as though I *too* have Royal Taste :-)… And without knowing anything about tradition, I thought my one bridesmaid should wear white. Looks like another win over here. Pippa rocked out in that dress.

    And why no mention of brother Middleton? Great speach! So composed & kinda hot.

    One more thing… I’ve been stalking Kate’s Wikipedia listing for a few weeks now, and I’d like to point out that in Google search results, she was second behind Kate Spade. Well THAT all changed today, didn’t it. And the new Wikipedia like about her? Stop it. Go look now… totes official.

    Gonna go ahead and leave the Queen’s yellow frock out of this. Who am I to judge?

    Thx for posting!

  19. Prosklitiria Gamou Giota on April 30, 2011

    It was really a fairytale wedding and Kate’s wedding dress was a dream !

  20. Candice Cossel on May 1, 2011

    Wow, I must have been the only one let down by the event. It seemed still way to formal for such a modern couple. No holding hands, didn’t even really turn to each other for the vows….just slightly. And the kiss….:P I just felt like I was watching someone go through the motions. I wanted to see more connection, more emotion. :(

  21. Madison on May 2, 2011

    I think Pippa absolutely rocked her dress. I think the whole thing that only the bride can wear white is not really relevant because Pippa looked STUNNING but there was never going to be any confusion who the bride was. I think bridesmaids in white look gorgeous. I think the fact she did her own make up is great because she ended up looking like her. For the same reason i will be doing my own make up on my wedding day. As for the wedding cake WOW. I mean its not what i would have (or could afford!) but for the royal wedding it lived up to my expectations. I was always looking forward to the wedding but i had no idea how involved i would get with it. I thought it would just be about what she was wearing and i ended up getting totally caught up with the emotion of it all!

  22. Emily Scott on May 3, 2011

    finallyyyyy watched the wedding today. haha. I was so not into this until I saw her in that dress and my inner girl and sentimental heart just stopped. everything was absolutely perfect.

  23. Naomi on May 4, 2011

    Like Brit I cried at this wedding…as I watched his mother marry, and remember how excited I was to watch this. The wedding surpassed all my expectations and for one moment I wanted to know exactly how she felt when she walked through the Abbey doors. Perfection was the best way for me to describe this wedding…sheer perfection.

  24. Samantha on May 3, 2012

    Since Diana was an aristocrat, she had the right to be queen. Kate is a commoner so she will never hold the title of queen– she does not have the right. As of now, her title is not princess, it’s duchess

  25. Samantha on May 3, 2012

    p.s. Even though it was William and Kate’s wedding, it was also a Royal wedding, and every decision that Kate made had to be approved. So, it’s possible that she may have wanted something more modern, but that request was denied. Either way it was elegant.


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