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Top 5 trends to steal from the Royal Wedding

03 May 2011

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As I watched Kate Middleton and Prince William tie the knot, one moment in the ceremony seemed particularly planted for brides-to-be: the Bishop of London’s line that "Every wedding is a royal wedding.” On that note, here are the top 5 trends to take away from the royal wedding – and how to get them on your own big day:

Kate Middleton's dress echoed Grace Kelly's iconic fitted lace gown.

1: THE GRACE KELLY-STYLE DRESS: “The biggest takeaway is the gown,” says Martha Stewart Weddings Editorial Director Darcy Miller. “The fitted lace bodice with a fuller skirt will definitely become a big trend, and is already something we've been seeing.” But thanks to Kate, expect to see lower necklines on these traditional silhouettes.
How to get it: Designers like Romona Keveza and Monique Lhuiller have crafted beautiful - and similar - designs for a fairy tale-style wedding.

Gowns by Romona Keveza (l.) and Monique Lhuillier (r.)

2.  RELAXED WEDDING HAIR & JEWELED TIARA: “The hair will no doubt be a very big trend that will be emulated,” Darcy told me. “Brides with long hair who wear their hair down feel torn about how to wear their hair the day of their wedding -- they feel they should look more elegant, more dressed up, but they also want to look themselves. That's what Kate did best, striking that balance.”

While brides may not be running out and buying huge tiaras, Kate’s princess look will likely inspire more hair bling, Darcy predicts.
How to get it: Brides can modify Kate's formal look with jeweled headbands or hair clips, like these pieces from Tejani:

You can find a range of dazzling hair accessories at

3. DIY (MAKE-UP): “Having a bride as important as Kate do her own makeup will make brides everywhere feel it's ok to do more things themselves,” Darcy says. Kate’s decision to do her own make-up seemed to follow  came her engagement shoot, where she felt the professionally-done make-up made her look not like herself, so she wiped it off and started over.
How to get it: For her wedding, Kate reportedly took professional lessons.

Kate's flawless and natural wedding-day look.

4. WHITE WEDDING PARTY: Kate’s sister and maid of honor Pippa’s eye-catching dress may inspire more brides to put their wedding parties in white for a clean, sophisticated look. “There’s nothing that says your bridal party can’t be in white, it’s elegant and classic,” says Darcy. “Certain brides wouldn’t feel comfortable - they want to stand out - but it all comes back to what feels right for the bride.”

Confident brides may embrace the trend of having their bridesmaids in smoking-hot white, like Pippa.

5. GREENERY/KEEPING THINGS LOCAL: The environmentally-conscious royal couple decked out Westminster Abbey with so many trees, it looked like a forest had sprouted overnight. “Everything was local,” Darcy points out. “That was a trend we’ve been seeing, but it reinforces the importance of supporting local vendors, doing what's right for the environment.” Kate’s understated bouquet also fit in with the theme of locally-sourced greenery. “Originally we know she would have liked to get married in a garden and outside, and they tried to bring the outdoors in,” Darcy says, noting that the flowers in the bouquet were painstakingly selected for their meaning – not for their size. 

Kate's understated bouquet, in contrast to Princess Diana's.

But the biggest “trend” to take away from the royal wedding is this: KEEP IT PERSONAL.  “The couple put their personal stamp on the wedding down to every detail,” Darcy says, from the earrings Kate’s parents gave her with their family symbol on it to how they personalized their vows and registered for charity.


Read the full story at: New York Daily News (blog)

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