Royal Wedding Day Inspiration – A Right Royal Affair

May 23rd, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , ,
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As many of you will know there was a *sort of* royal wedding this last weekend! Pippa Middleton, sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wed her long term boyfriend James Matthews. The ceremony was held at St Mark’s Church in Englefield. Of course the Duchess herself along with Prince William were both in attendance and keeping an eye on flower girl Princess Charlotte and page boy Prince George. After enjoying a wonderful champagne ­reception at Englefield House, guests then reassembled at Bucklebury village hall for security checks before being ushered to the Middleton family home for the evening festivities. A few pictures have been released of the wedding events and we just ADORE the classic and timeless theme. Of course William & Kate also chose a very elegant and classic wedding theme – so we figured lets get a little royal wedding inspiration…

Of course first is the dress. Both Catherine and Pippa chose very elegant and modest wedding dresses for the ceremony and a more modern and sleek style for the evening celebrations. Both formal dresses were embellished with stunning lace details, a sweeping veil and long train. Pippa’s gown was a custom-made, lace Giles Deacon design, which reportedly cost fourty thousand pounds. Kate wore a stunning gown by Alexander McQueen, which cost more than four-hundred thousand pounds.

royal wedding - the brides

Of course not everyone has this amount of money to spend so we have also found a few that are more budget friendly! This Justin Alexander dress has the stunning lace detail at the top of the dress combined with the large swooping train. The price range is roughly £1500. We also found the stunning ‘Fleur with Guipure jacket’ by Naomi Neoh, coming in at roughly £2800.

royal wedding - wedding dresses

Okay next up is the flowers. Both Pippa and Kate chose very small bouquets for their royal wedding days. Kate’s bouquet was small and understated, it contained seasonal, local flowers like lily-of-the-valley and sweet William, in addition to myrtle, hyacinth, and ivy. Pippa Middleton’s bridal bouquet was of a very similar style and included a collection of peony, sweet pea, astible, freesia, waxflower, green bell and alchemilla mollis. If you would like to replicate this royal wedding look simply stick to white flowers with sprigs of fresh greenery in your bouquet, and keep the posy small and neat.

royal wedding flowers

The next item on our royal wedding agenda is the flower girls and page boys. Both Kate & Pippa chose to have several page boys and flower girls from their and their new husbands families. They also both chose to have very classic and traditional attire. Of course the boys at Kate & Williams wedding wore traditional royal outfits while the boys at Pippa’s wedding wore peter pan collar shirts and knickerbockers. The flower girls at Pippa’s wedding wore custom-made cream dresses with puffed sleeves and dusty pink sashes. They also wore pink Mary Janes by Spanish retailer Pepa & Co, as well as white flower crowns.

royal wedding - flower girls

We found almost identical knickerbockers, shirts and dresses from ‘Little Bevan’. Shirts – £94.00, knickerbockers £94 and dresses £300. Understandably these may be a tad pricey for some however many high street retailers offer white flower girl dresses such as Debenhams. See our blog here: Clothing Tips for Flower Girls and Page Boys with Little Bevan

royal wedding - little bevan

While Kate chose to have her sister Pippa as her maid of honour, it is not the correct etiquette for Kate to reciprocate this at Pippa’s wedding. She did however offer to take care of the children and performed duties such as ‘arranging’ her sisters viel and dress train. Pippa wore a very sophisticated and simple white dress to the royal wedding. Kate wore a beautiful peach number to co-ordinate with the bows on the flower girl dresses. We found it a little trickier to find versions of these dresses on the high street, Pippa’s was custom made and Kate wore a £5,000 Alexander McQueen gown. However we suggest simply sticking to a similar colour scheme if you’re looking for a right royal wedding.

royal wedding - bridesmaids

Of course we also need to mention wedding invitations. High society socialite Clémence von Mueffling snapped a pic of Pippa’s wedding invitations (before promptly being told to remove the image). A sweet and simple design featuring soft green tones and a more modern wording. Whereas the royal wedding invitations were said to be on printed on thick white card measuring 8in by 6in, bevelled, gilded and stamped with EIIR in gold which has then been burnished.

royal wedding - wedding invitations

Here at Ivy Ellen we like to think that all of our wedding invitations are worthy of a royal wedding however we do have one or two in mind that would work especially well.  Our Fairytale wedding invitation, below,  a luxury ivory embossed board accented with a Berisfords finest satin ribbon. Here the wonderful bride and groom chose a sage green ribbon, perfect for the classic and simple colour scheme that Pippa herself chose.

We also have our very classic and elegant Venus wedding invitations. Printed onto either shimmer ivory or white the design is simple and understated. You can also easily remove the love heart, add in a few sprigs of greenery or even a custom gloss gold foiled emblem.

royal wedding - Venus invite

If you are thinking of having a wedding invitation with ribbons don’t forget to check out out our ribbon tying tutorial on Youtube!

I hope you have enjoyed our right royal wedding blog and have some ideas for your own big day!

See: Clothing Tips for Flower Girls and Page Boys with Little Bevan

See: 5 Invitations Worthy of Kings & Queens

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