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A Royal Wedding


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They shared their wedding ceremony and first kiss with the world but the details of their two receptions remain shrouded in mystery. I was one of many who sat on the couch, cup of tea in one hand, a biscuit in the other and a pretty fascinator pinned to my hair. My daughter and I were glued to the unfolding celebrations. Whilst I explained the monarchy to Tilly, our cat was perched behind me and chewing the feather off my fascinator. I was left wearing a piece of mesh and a stick by the time the cat had finished. I am just thankful that Beatrice took the heat with her fascinator (seriously what was that?), no one noticed my monstrosity.

With a massive procession, hoopla and merriment Prince William and his bride-to-be made their way to the church for the long anticipated ceremony (she was dubbed by the press as Waitie Katie after all). Beatrice fascinator jokes aside (some claim it was her mum who set up the sabotage), Pippa Middleton stole the show with her bottom – reportedly people were tweeting about it as she was walking her sister down the aisle. Okay her toosh wasn’t moosh but helloooo! Her sister was about to marry the future King of England!!! A bum stole the Bride’s day – who knew? The line-up of 3000 odd guests to the ceremony was staggering, the camera made its way along the line and the commentators rattled off the who’s who – Victoria Beckham pregnant in sky-high heels seemed to get as much attention as Pippa’s behind. Also, who can forget the happy priest at the end of the ceremony doing his little cartwheel?

Okay so we know how the wedding went, but then what? After the not one, but two smooches on the balcony, the Royals disappeared for the rest of the evening. Now with a bit of a search, I learnt that there were two ceremonies held at Buckingham Palace. The first being a little reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth where the guests were served drinks and snacks with the wedding cake out on display. The second reception was held later in the evening, after the newlyweds enjoyed a brief breather from all the action. The second party was attended by 300 guests and they kicked up their heels with good food, wine, speeches and dancing. That is as much as we will ever know. There are no photos (that I could find) of inside the venue, the decorations so I am going to take a bit of artistic license here and design a Royal Wedding Reception…

Putting on my chewed up fascinator and sipping my cup of Earl Grey, when I think of a Royal Wedding I think traditional. For this wedding, it was mentioned that the young couple were wary of the economic climate of their country and as such didn’t want to be too over the top. So I need to put together something that is elegant and classic. Hmmm…A Royal Wedding vibe I would go for sparkling crystals, monogramed vases, candles, cream and ivory fabrics (silk), fleur de lis patterns and bursting flower arrangements of roses and ivy. If you are going for the Royal Wedding look have your bridal party in white, just make sure no bums or kooky fascinators upstage you, and I think it is safe to say Victoria is so busy with her baby girl and fashion line she probably won’t be able to attend your day.

Make sure you have a Royal Cake Serving Set and Royal Toasting flutes, for your guests give them King and Queen Crown with crystals wine bottle stoppers. For the little ones, little gift boxes filled with sweets and a fuzzy toy worm like the one Dreamy Prince Harry used to keep one of the little flower girls happy during the photo shoots. C’mon Harry is dreamy! At the end of the evening hand out the left over wedding cake to your guests, boxed up in pretty cake boxes and then leave the party in a classic car decorated with signs and streamers as you prepare to embark on your secret honeymoon the next day!

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