Kate’s Royal Wedding Dress – Big Success Or One Hot Mess?

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In the run up to the Royal Wedding, I have loved the way they kept the name of the designer and details of the wedding dress secret.

It has kept an air of intrigue over the whole proceeding that was dispelled with much excitement over at my Royal Wedding party in the wee hours of Friday.

The British media went wild the night before the wedding as a woman suspected to be Sarah Burton, creative director of the Alexander McQueen label, dashed into the hotel where Kate Middleton was staying.

The speculation was correct.

It was a beautiful, elegant, classic dress.

Classy, conservative, dignified.

I remember waiting for Diana, Princess of Wales (Lady Diana as she was then) to get out of her carriage. Up to that point all we’d seen were her New Romantic designers, the Emmanuels, and a big puff of silk peeking over the top of the windows of her carriage.

The whole world cringed when she got out and her dress was all creased. A few tugs put it right but yikes.

Many of us didn’t want to go through that again.

I’ve seen Diana’s dress at her childhood home of Althorp House and up close it is exquisite. People knock it but it was of its time, it was 1981, and there were many fine details that couldn’t be appreciated from afar.

The color wasn’t my favorite but the workmanship was real craft.

I was a seventeen year-old schoolgirl back then and had no idea about weddings. I remember being cool and disinterested in the way of a girl that age while being secretly enthralled, hampered by the need to look above it all.

Thirty years later with my own wedding under my belt, and mother to twin boys, and 5,000 miles from home I take a very different view.

A piece of history in the making, an opportunity to show the world the pomp and ceremony that only the Brits can do with such aplomb, a need to connect with home and all the earlier royal occasions that contribute to our personal stories.

The curmudgeons who have had a voice over the past months complaining of cost, waste and fawning media coverage have been shouted down as they always are, leaving the coast clear for everyone else to have a knees-up. Then the die-hards and the misers give up and are encouraged to join in.

It is the British way.

Street parties, tea, cakes and sandwiches. Politics, cultural differences put aside – everyone comes together to have a happy day.

Unity – one of the main purposes of the Royal Family.

I am pro-royal. I’ve concluded over the years, it is its’ history that distinguishes Britain from being just another little country and the Royal family are the figureheads atop that history.

Individuals have let the institution down over the years and like an inward looking tribe they have been slow to catch up to the expectations of the current day but this new generation gives hope that this is behind them.

For all our sakes.

During the wedding, I drank tea, ate scones with clotted cream and sausage rolls while watching on a hi-def screen in the early hours of a Californian morning.

I rang my mum when she got out of the car (Kate that is, not my mum) to discuss her dress. She shooed me off pretty quick. (My mum that is, not Kate.)

I was interrupting.

I only could bear to have four people at my own wedding. The emotion and once-in-a-lifetime experience overwhelmed my normal comfort with standing in front of a crowd. It was a lovely, intimate weekend and I don’t regret it at all.

If I’d had to get married in front of millions, forget it.

I’d never have gone on the first date.

Congratulations to the happy couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

 

What did you think? Did you love it? Or was it the biggest waste of time? Let me know in the comments!

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Mary E. Ulrich
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April 29, 2011 at 8:05 am

I thought the royal couple looked beautiful, in love, and all the details were polished to a shine. You are right Alison, the Brits do know how to put on a show.

I loved the little bridesmaid putting her hands over her ears when the planes flew overhead in the salute. I even loved all the hats.

I wish William and Kate long and happy “normal” lives. I wish the Queen would step aside and I think William is a great hope for England.

Enjoy those scones and cream–sounds yummy.
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Alison Golden April 29, 2011 at 8:47 am

The organization was phenomenal, Mary. The only problem I saw in the whole thing was the horse that bolted. But how did I watch the whole thing and you see the bridesmaid putting her hands over her ears? Doesn’t seem fair…;-)

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Allie
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April 29, 2011 at 8:53 am

Alison,

I have not had the pleasure of watching the wedding yet but I recorded it. Yet I have taken a gander at her dress. (I can’t help it, it’s all over the Internet.) And I can say what an amazing choice! She went with, like you said, “classy, conservative, dignified.” I think people are comparing it to Grace Kelly’s dress, which many know, she was a epitome of grace and elegance.

There have been 2 royal men I have an affinity for- John Kennedy (American royalty) and Prince William. John is gone unfortunately. But now we can, hopefully, watch William grow into the mature man we all look forward to seeing.

Unfortunate his mother couldn’t be there. She would have been proud, no doubt.

I don’t think it is a waste of time. Daily life can get so humdrum. It is nice to watch and dream. (As a matter of fact, I am going to go watch Fast Five this weekend and DREAM REAL BIG, lol) Sure royal life can suck, we’ve all seen the documentaries, but it also holds dreams alive.

Have a great weekend!
~Allie
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Alison Golden April 29, 2011 at 9:07 am

Hi Allie:
Yes, definitely reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s dress which was a good choice for Kate. I can still call her that because she was still Kate when she wore the dress but we’ll have to call her Duchess of Cambridge from now on. 🙂

I’m glad you said that about this being a break from humdrum life as I had been questioning how appropriate all this was in light of all the dreadful world news. We all need a break now and then and this was a real shot in the arm.

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Mary E. Ulrich
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April 30, 2011 at 1:35 am

I have a question. So the heirarchy is, Charles, then William, then Kate? Is Camilla in the equation? (that’s a scary thought)
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Alison Golden April 30, 2011 at 8:41 am

The official succession line is Charles, William, Harry. When Kate and William have a child that child will become third in line to the throne. The wives are mere appendages 😉 although Kate’s position is clear, Camilla’s is more confused because of the back story and as evidenced yesterday as Charles and Camilla and the Queen and Prince Phillip walked up the aisle. Camilla was right off to one side but was encouraged by the other three to move next right next to Charles. Most people would have missed the significance of this but it was a big sign as to how far things have come re. the relationship and position of Camilla.

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Dead Cow Girl April 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I wasn’t going to watch and didn’t even thing about it leading up to the wedding, but of course, as son as I woke up I headed straight to the AP videos and pictures.

I thought her dress was amazing, reminiscent of Grace Kelly. They both looked very happy, but very nervous. When they were exchanging vows, at one point I thought she was going to need to sit down.

I certainly know I would with such media scrutiny and it’s only going to get worse for her, poor thing.
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Alison Golden May 4, 2011 at 6:29 am

I thought the closeups when they were taking their vows were intrusive. We’ve never been that close-up before and I thought they seemed self-conscious. As I would be. 🙂

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beth
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May 1, 2011 at 5:27 am

I thought it was beautiful and so tastefully done. Kate and william seemed happy and composed. I was impressed with how well they handled themselves. So mature and dignified and genuinely happy. I thought it was wonderful. And the maid of honor? What a knock out. Oh to look like that in a fitted white dress!

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Alison Golden May 4, 2011 at 6:30 am

It was very tasteful, wasn’t it Beth? They handled themselves so well and even looked like they were enjoying themselves. I would have fainted. 😉

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