I’m coming out of hiding because I can’t pass up the opportunity to talk about the royal wedding. After watching the fictional (and rather cheesy) portrayal on Lifetime of how Prince William and Kate Middleton became romantically involved, I will shamefully admit that my interest has grown even more. Of course, I’d love to offer my predictions for how things will unfold this Friday.
First up, what seems to be the best kept secret in the universe—the dress! It’s been rumored that the dress was designed by the bride-to-be herself and will be created by Sophie Cranston of Libelula. I’ve also read/heard rumors that Kate has had multiple dresses made in case details leak. Although, I’m assuming multiple dress designs will almost certainly make Kate a two- or three-dress-bride. How could you choose just one when so many gorgeous dresses were made for you? Considering the events planned for Friday’s celebration, I’m guessing there will be one dress for the ceremony, a second for the reception and a third (Yes, a THIRD!) for the final, private party of the evening. A wedding this grand is so rare, I’m going to have to go with the prediction of three dresses!
Dress #1 – With the ceremony set in Westminster Abbey, I can’t see anything but a dress that will be able to stand up to the grandeur of the venue. I predict that it will be a more traditional “princess” style gown with a sweetheart neckline, a full skirt, lots of lace and a very long train of about 15 feet. I’m going to guess that it will be ivory in color and have lots of crystal details. Since it’s in the Abbey, it has to have sleeves to cover those shoulders. Maybe she’ll wear a lace bolero. The veil will probably be very long and have lace edging. A tiara is a must, but it will be subtle. For shoes, I’m guessing there will be nothing too outrageous. She’ll probably go for simplicity and comfort. With the eyes of the world watching her every step, I can’t see her braving thin straps and stiletto-style heels.
Dress #2 – Since the Queen is hosting their reception at Buckingham Palace, I’m predicting the dress will still be very grand and elegant in design. I would love to see something strapless with a fitted bodice and a full skirt. It would be a happy marriage of classic and trendy.
Dress #3 – Prince Charles is said to be hosting a private dinner party for the couple and their closest friends and family. Since this will most likely be the only event of the day with younger blood, I’m going to predict that the couple will use this as an opportunity to make this event their own. The bride will change into dress number three, which will be a more modern, form-fitting design. She’ll maybe make a statement in a hat or veil with lots of poof. The entire look will probably have something about it that is over the top—something iconic, like a large flower on the shoulder or some interesting structure, so Kate can further her status as a trend setter.
As for the other predictions, here’s what I’ll guess:
How long will the ceremony last? Just over one hour
How many tiers will the cake be? Seven
What colors the bridal party will be wearing? I’ll go with a celadon green because it’s springy (and because I’m biased!)
What will their first dance song be? No clue what, but I’m guessing Elton John will be singing it. Maybe he’ll re-write one of his songs to reflect the couple, just as he did in honor of Princess Diana with “Candle in the Wind.”
What will the prominent theme of the wedding be? English Garden
What the main color scheme will be/what the prominent flower type will be? I’ll stick with shades of green with pink accents and prominent flowers will be pink roses.
Well, that was fun! I’m sure all of this will be so far off base with what we’ll see on Friday. I’ll be on a flex day at work, so I’m planning on getting up early to enjoy some scones and tea while I watch the details unfold. I may even make a fruitcake!
Random fact about Mrs. Deviled Egg: My ancestors are Wales and because one of my female relatives worked at the Palace, I have the recipe for the Queen’s fruitcake. Apparently she worked in the kitchen and memorized the recipe bit by bit so she could use it at home. It’s been passed down through the generations. And it’s not like the fruitcake everyone hates at Christmas—it’s not bad at all. I heard that Will and Kate will be having a fruitcake at their reception. Maybe I have the same recipe that will be used for the royal wedding?