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Did you see any coverage of picture-perfect Royal Wedding of Prince William & Catherine (Kate) Middleton on April 29, 2011? Kate’s stunning appearance was both royal and modest at the same time. As was her elegant wedding bouquet.
The Royal Wedding Bouquet
Kate’s bridal bouquet of wedding flowers is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. This lovely bouquet draws upon the traditions of flowers of significance for the British Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.
Meaning of the Flowers in the Royal Wedding Bouquet
Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness
Sweet William – Gallantry
Hyacinth – Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.
Personal touches in the Wedding Bouquet
- The bouquet contains stems from a myrtle planted at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, by Queen Victoria in 1845, and a sprig from a plant grown from the myrtle used in The Queen’s wedding bouquet of 1947.
- The tradition of carrying myrtle begun after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today.
- The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858, and was used to signify the traditional innocence of a bride.
This lovely, classic and modest bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly.
Source: Royal site of Prince William and Kate’s wedding, officialroyalwedding2011.org
Did you see the picture perfect Royal Wedding of Prince William & Catherine (Kate) Middleton yesterday (April 29, 2011)? I wish them all the happiness!!! I also love Kate’s wedding dress which was a balance between classic elegance and contemporary design. Let me cover some aspects with pictures and details.
Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding Dress
Kate Middleton’s absolutely stunning ivory white wedding dress as a lace workers’ dream. French Chantilly lace was combined with English Cluny lace and hand-worked in the Irish Carrickmacross needlework tradition. The wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton of fashion design house Alexander McQueen.
Design & Craftsmanship
The lace appliqué was actually hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace.
They worked with the Alexander McQueen wedding dress team in accurately cutting out the delicate motifs from the lace fabrics and positioning the lace motifs with precision into the new design. The lace motifs were pinned, ‘framed up’ and applied with stab stitching about every 1/10 of an inch around each lace motif.
The lace design was hand-appliquéd using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s.
This gorgeous handmade needlework was used mainly for the train and skirt of the Bride’s dress, the bodice and sleeves, the underskirt trim, the veil and even the Bridal shoes. These hand-cut & hand-appliquéd flowers onto ivory silk tulle created a unique, organic design.
As the laces came from different sources, it is important to make sure that each flower was the same color. The whole process was managed by Ms Burton.
This hand-cut English and French Chantilly lace handwork included the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock ~ royal flowers.
Wedding Dress Form
The flower motif was continued in the actual dress form. The wedding dress skirt resembled an opening flower, and its train was 2.7 m (about 3 yards long) complemented the skirt shape.
The ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry and is a hallmark of Alexander McQueen’s designs. The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops. The underskirt is made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.
In short, a wedding dress with amazing shapes, forms and exquisite details.
Bridal Veil and Jewelry
The veil is made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The veil is held in place by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen.
Tiara, something ‘borrowed’
The ‘halo’ tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and was purchased by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen) by her mother on the occasion of her 18th birthday.
The Bride’s earrings, by Robinson Pelham, are diamond-set stylised oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the centre. Inspiration for the design comes from the Middleton family’s new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves. The earrings were made to echo the tiara. The earrings were a personal gift to the Bride from her parents for her Wedding Day.
Jewelry for others in the Bridal Party
Robinson Pelham have also designed and made a pair of diamond earrings for Miss Philippa Middleton. These earrings are more floral in nature to compliment the headpiece worn by Miss Philippa Middleton during the Service.
A tourmaline and diamond pendant and matching earrings have been designed and made for Mrs. Carole Middleton. Two gold stick pins, one with a single gold acorn at the head and the other with an oak leaf, are also worn respectively by the Father of the Bride, Mr. Michael Middleton, and the Bride’s brother, Mr. James Middleton.
Also see: Kate Middleton’s royal wedding bouquet
source: Royal site of Prince William and Kate’s wedding, officialroyalwedding2011.org
In order to have a perfect wedding, it is important to have that perfect wedding gown, too. This is because the wedding gown is the showpiece of any wedding event.
The wedding gown is not just a mere dress that is worn by the bride. It is the substantial emblem of purity, love, and happiness that awaits the bride in her future with her groom. That is why finding the right wedding gown is as important as preparing the wedding celebration itself.
Therefore, for people who do not know how to choose the perfect wedding gown, here are some pointers that could help you out.
1. Use all the resources available in choosing ideas and design on your wedding gown.
Before, wedding magazines are the only resources where the bride-to-be can get some useful ideas on her wedding gown. However, with the advent of the Internet, she can now browse for more ideas and concepts of wedding gowns online.
There are web sites that will provide you with full details regarding a particular wedding gown, complete with prices, different styles, and fashion sense.
2. Make a budget and strictly conform to it.
Budget will never be absent in any wedding plans. However, the most common problem that arises concerning budgeting is the fact that people do not stick to it.
Hence, if you have a budget for your wedding gown, it would be better to stick to it and not be enticed with all the promotions of whoever will make your wedding gown. Otherwise, you will fall short on the other aspects of your wedding plans.
3. Be sure to have your wedding gown looking good in all angles.
Usually, the most neglected part of the wedding gown is the back. So, when ordering a wedding gown, be sure that you will also look good from behind. Most of the time, the guests will have a look at your back so you definitely have to look good from behind.
4. Be practical with the designs that you want to use.
Like any traditional wedding gowns, large skirts and long gowns are the typical styles of yesteryears. But in today’s modern world, there are cases wherein wedding gowns like these are not at all practical especially if the venue is just small.
Moreover, it can be burdensome for the bride to carry such a heavy dress throughout the wedding celebration. What matters most is to make the bride comfortable to what she is wearing.
5. Take into account the environmental condition of the venue of the wedding.
When choosing a wedding gown, it is best to consider the weather and the venue. This will have a great effect on the kind of material that should be worn by the bride.
For example, if the wedding will take place during summer, then, it is best to choose the materials for the wedding gown that will not make the bride sweat and perspire throughout the celebration.
Indeed, deliberating on the details of the wedding gown can be a daunting task. That is why it is important to provide a hefty amount of time in preparing, designing, and ordering the wedding gown. In this manner, there will be plenty of time for any changes and modifications without the tendency to come up with a rushed work.
More importantly, the bride should always consider her comfort when choosing a wedding gown. Looks and designs will only be put to waste if the bride is not comfortable wearing it.
As the old cliché goes, you are what you wear. Therefore, it would be better to wear a wedding gown that would reflect the happiness and love that is within the bride. In turn, the wedding gown will appear before the audience as the most beautiful centerpiece of the ceremony.
Mark Flavin is the creator of the popular wedding website http://markflavin.com/wedding
You’ve been to the so many-est bridal shop and still haven’t found ‘THE DRESS’ for your wedding day?
Well, consider a TOILET PAPER WEDDING DRESS!
Before you burst out laughing about getting yourself an artsy, alternative wedding dress, really, check out the link here. Wow wow wow.
I can barely believe this is made with toilet paper. It is simply gorgeous! What an inspiration and a great dress to see for perspective on how large that wedding dress budget really must be….
Another confirmation that ‘Haute Couture’ is all about excellent design…, and yes, you can create great design with toilet paper, obviously!
I am so tempted to give you a picture of it here, but I want you to see the front AND back of the wedding dress, AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS TREND.
Let us know what you think!
Lesotho mine yields one of world’s largest diamonds
LONDON – Miners in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho have found one of the world’s largest diamonds, a near-flawless white gem weighing nearly 500 carats, mining group Gem Diamonds said on Sunday.
The diamond was discovered in the Letseng Mine on September 8, the company said in a statement. It has been analyzed by experts in Antwerp and found to weigh 478 carats, with very few inclusions and of outstanding color and clarity.
“It has the potential to yield one of the largest flawless D color round polished diamonds in history,” the company said.
Letseng is one of the most productive mines in history — four of the world’s 20 largest rough diamonds have been found at the mine, including the three largest found this century.
Before it is cut into gems it is hard to value the diamond, but a spokesman for Gem Diamonds said a similar weight stone with lesser-quality color and clarity had recently sold for $12 million (around 5.5 million pounds).
“Preliminary examination of this remarkable diamond indicates that it will yield a record breaking polished stone of the very best color and clarity,” Clifford Elphick, the chief executive of Gem Diamonds, said in a statement.
The minister for natural resources in Lesotho, an impoverished mountain kingdom in eastern South Africa, praised the productivity of the mine, one of the highest in the world at more than 3,000 meters (10,000 feet).
“Once again Letseng has proved its ability to produce extraordinary diamonds and continues to place Lesotho at the forefront of diamond producing countries,” Monyane Moleleki said in a statement.
Letseng is 70 percent owned by Gem Diamonds and 30 percent owned by the government of Lesotho.
The world’s largest diamond is the Cullinan, discovered in South Africa in 1905. It weighed more than 3,100 carats before it was cut into more than one hundred separate gems, many of which are part of the British crown jewels.
By Chris Simeral
If you’d like to add a slice of your heritage to your wedding ceremony, you’re not alone. Millions of couples are embracing their ancestry and choosing to incorporate some of the best traditions from around the world in their ceremonies here at home. Here are some of the most interesting wedding traditions you might find if you attended a wedding in France, Italy or Spain. If you or your family are from one of these countries, why not try adding some phrases from your ancestor’s native tongue in your wedding vows for a truly memorable touch!
On the day of the wedding, it is customary for the French groom to meet the bride at her home and accompany her to the church. He then is walked down the aisle by his mother during the ceremony. After the ceremony, the couple walks on laurel leaves that have been strewn on the ground by well wishers. Fragrant flowers are also carried by the
bride in the belief that the scent will repel evil spirits.
Traditionally, guests to the wedding will bring small cakes and pile them on a table as they enter the church. The bride and groom kiss over the cakes to symbolize a fruitful life. On the wedding night, these same guests will stand outside banging on pots and pans until the groom invites them in for drinks.
The bride in an Italian wedding wears a veil over her face in order to hide it from evil spirits until the ceremony is over. It’s considered good luck for the groom to tear it at the conclusion of the ceremony. Evil spirits are also warded off by the groom carrying a piece of iron in his pocket.
At the beginning of the wedding reception, the best man serves sweet liquor or strong drinks to the wedding guests, who then toast the wedding couple with the words “cent’anni,” which means “for a hundred years.” There may be as many as 14 different entrees at an Italian wedding dinner, each with its own wine selection.
To help defray the costs of the lavish ceremony and to assist in the couple’s new lives together, the bride often carries a satin bag. Guests place envelopes of money in the bag, and male guests may buy dances with the bride by contributing to this fund.
Before the wedding ceremony in Spain, the groom will present the bride with 13 coins in a little bag, which she then carries to the ceremony. These coins represent his commitment to her. At the ceremony, she will wear orange blossoms in her hair to signify virginity and purity. The church is also often decorated with orange blossoms.
In stark contrast to most wedding traditions, in Spain it is customary for the bride to wear a black silk dress at her wedding. Her veil is also black, and intricately embroidered. The groom wears an embroidered shirt made for him by his bride-to-be.
At the reception after the ceremony, guests traditionally present the newlyweds a gift for their household. There is also a traditional dance, called the “sequidillas manchegas,” which the guests enjoy.
Chris Simeral is the creator of The Ultimate Wedding Vow Toolkit, the wedding-coordinator-approved home-study course for couples personalizing or renewing their wedding vows. Sign up for the free wedding vow mini-course at http://www.weddingvowtoolkit.com.
Fall wedding centerpieces are essential to finishing off your wedding reception decorations. With a little thought and creativity, you can come up with a fabulous centerpiece idea.
Fall is a great time to get married, especially if you are in a location that you can enjoy the colorful foliage that it brings. It is harvest time, the weather is cooling off and there are many fun options for centerpieces. It is also the perfect season for a wedding theme. Options include apple, wine, leaves and Fall flowers among others. Each of the ideas below can easily be paired with a theme.
In general your centerpieces should fit in seamlessly with the rest of your decorations. Things to consider when weighing your options include the décor of the reception space, the size of the tables, the wedding theme you chose, your wedding colors and your budget. You want your centerpieces to be the right size for your wedding reception. Having them too big or too small won’t look right.
Use your team of wedding vendors to bounce ideas off of. Your florist, wedding planner and reception space are great resources that should be used during your planning.
- Flowers are usually the most popular choice for centerpieces, and Fall offers a few great choices. Mums are colorful and allow you to tie in your wedding colors with your decorations.
Other Fall flower choices include Hydrangea and Sunflower. Use these alone or in combination with other flowers like roses.
- There are several things you can do with pumpkins. One option is to create a jack-o-lantern for each table. Or, have the table numbers carved into pumpkins, and place them at the center of each table.
Pumpkins can also be used along with flowers. For example, instead of using vases to hold the flowers, use a hollowed out pumpkin instead.
- If you are serving wine at the reception, consider using the wine bottles as part of your centerpieces. This way they serve two purposes.
Another creative option would be to use a giant wedding glass to hold your flowers instead of a vase.
- Apples can be used in your floral and other centerpiece displays. Candy apples are a fun way to combine your centerpieces and your wedding favors.
- Pears are another Fall item that can be incorporated into your displays. Add them to floral displays, or use large vases to hold them along with other fruit.
- Candles are another common popular choice. Use hurricane vases filled half way with coffee beans surrounding a pillar candle.
- A Fall wedding wouldn’t be complete without leaves. Use color leaves that have fallen off of trees to decorate your tables and centerpieces.
Use the list above as a starting point in your search for Fall wedding centerpieces. There are many different paths you could take, but in the end you will know which one is right for your wedding.
By Stephen Badiali
Martha Stewart Weddings – $ 16.00
Martha Stewart Weddings received the National Magazine Award for general excellence. Read up on ideas that will help you stay within your budget, guidelines to hiring a florist, and beauty tips for the big day. You will find in each issue a section of worksheets that will help you plan and organize the many vital details of your big day such as your guest list and the catering. The numerous pictures of cake designs and flower arrangements will allow you to see various assortments to decide which suits your taste the best. Readers will find the magazine helpful in choosing a wedding gown and accessories, as well as planning wedding events, such as showers, luncheons and the reception. Each issue is full of ideas for all the little details such as table centerpieces, wedding favors, stationery and invitations. The Ask Martha section gives you an opportunity to get all of your lingering questions answered.
Some Tips For Choosing the Perfect Wedding Invitations
By Shaunta Pleasant
Some Tips For Choosing the Perfect Wedding Invitations
There are many vital details associated with planning the perfect wedding, and it is all too easy to overlook the importance of the wedding invitations.
You do this at your peril, however, since these little pieces of paper have a vital role to play in the success of the celebration.
Without the wedding invitations you will not be able to accurately determine the number of guests you will be expecting, and that will make it harder to do everything from rent the reception hall to order the wedding cake.
The Many Options For Choosing Wedding Invitations
Brides and grooms have many options when it comes time to choose their invitations, from ordering their wedding invitations at the local print shop to choosing from the vast selection online.
Computer savvy couples can even choose to print their own unique customized invitations on their home computer, using their color printers to create some truly innovative designs.
Get Started As Early As Possible
No matter where the invitations are printed it is important to get started as early as possible.
Wedding deadlines have a way of sneaking up on us, and it can be difficult to get it all done in time. Since the invitations are such an integral part of planning the celebration it is important to get them out as early as possible.
This is even more of a concern if a large number of guests will be coming from out of town.
If many guests are expected from around the country it may be a good idea to reserve a block of hotel rooms for their stay in town, and in order to do that effectively you will need a good estimate of how many out of town guests to expect.
Until the invitations are sent out and the RSVP cards are received back you will not know that important number.
Do Not Under Estimate The Response Cards
When choosing the perfect wedding invitations don’t forget the importance of the response cards.
Providing guests a fast and easy way to respond to your invitation is essential, and any good wedding invitation should include a handy tear off RSVP card guests can use to say they will be attending your wedding celebration.
Shaunta Pleasant is a professional writer and editor on wedding topics. Visit my site to learn
more about planning the perfect wedding at http://www.best-wedding-plan.com/wedding_invitations.html