Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Wedding Gown Facts & Info

Well the royal wedding of the decade (or longer) has finally come and gone and the much anticipated wedding gown was also finally revealed to the world.  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as she is now officially known showed the world what grand style and elegance is all about when she donned that gorgeous silk and Chantilly lace gown designed by English designer Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

Very similar!!

The design was very reminiscent to Princess Grace of Monaco’s (formerly Grace Kelly) wedding gown offering a somewhat sense of modesty with its long sleeves, covered shoulders and back.
Lace details had symbolized  meaning:  It’s been said that Middleton wished to combine tradition and modernity, and along with the designer worked in a style that included a lace applique bodice with detailing that symbolized the nations of the United Kingdom.  Very creative!

The lace bodice design was hand-made using a technique that originated in Ireland in the 1820s called Carrickmacross, which involved cutting out the detailings of roses (symbolizing England), thistles (Scotland), daffodils (Wales), and shamrocks (Ireland), applying them to the ivory silk tulle individually.  It’s been told also that the dressmakers used fresh needles every three hours, and washed their hands every half an hour, to avoid marking the fabric.

Hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace was used throughout the bodice, skirt, and the underskirt trim. With laces coming from different sources, there needed to be great care taken to ensure that each flower was the same color. On the back are 58 buttons of gazar and organza, which fasten by means of Rouleau loops. The underskirt is made of English Cluny lace over silk tulle.

Something old, blue and borrowed:   To partially fulfill the “something blue” portion of the British wedding tradition, a blue ribbon was sewn inside the dress.  Love that idea!  The design for the bodice of the dress featuring Carrickmacross craftmanship was the “something old”.

Grandmama's Heirloom Tiara

And to finish it off, the bridal train measured 110 in and was adorned with the Queen’s personal tiara named the Cartier Halo Tiara that was purchased by King George VI for the Queen Mother (Elizabeth I) who gifted it to Queen Elizabeth on her 18th birthday while she was still Princess Elizabeth and there you have “something borrowed”.  That’s quite a legacy to be wearing upon your head not to mention a heck of a lot of money!

Honestly, when was the last time you saw such attention to detail and meaning applied to a bridal gown?  I don’t think any of us can remember seeing this.  Maybe it’s because we commoners don’t normally get the opportunity to marry into royalty.  Lately in watching bridal program such as Say Yes To The Dress I’ve been hearing increasingly how brides want “to look sexy” in their wedding gowns.  I’m no prude… have gorgeous hair, make-up done to perfection, but save the sexy for your husband in the honeymoon suite ladies and think more like classical princess elegant!

White Baroque Placecard/Frame

If you’re having a wedding soon and want to enjoy a little royal theme yourself, let All Occasion Favor & Gifts help supply you with something from our collection of Kate Aspen wedding favors.  For instance how about a white baroque placecard holder that doubles as a picture frame?

Enchanted Carriage Favor Box

Or how about Kate Aspen’s Enchanged Carriage Favor Box that you can fill with any assortment of Jordan Almonds, chocolates, cinnamon hearts or whatever sweet treat that strikes your fancy?

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The Royal Wedding: Top 10 Curious Facts

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With only 29 days left and counting some have called it the fairytale wedding of the century. When Prince William marries Miss Catherine Middleton on April 29, it is estimated that there will be a worldwide audience of between one and two billion people. But did you know that Paul McCartney and Elton John could be performing at the ceremony? There’s a lot of secrecy surrounding the details of the royal wedding. Here are 10 curious facts you might not have heard:

  • Kate Middleton will be 29 when she marries Prince William. This will make her the oldest spinster to marry a prince in the history of the English monarchy. Older women have married future kings, but they were divorcees.
  • Fellow students at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland – where Prince William studied for his Geography degree – have revealed that Kate Middleton was nicknamed “Beautiful Kate” and Prince William was known as “P.Willy.”
  • If Prince William had wanted to marry before his twenty-fifth birthday, he would have needed the consent of his grandmother the Queen. As it happens, he was born on 21 June 1982, so he’ll be 28 when he marries Catherine on April 29.
  • Unlike Princess Diana, who arrived at St. Paul’s Cathedral in a horse-drawn carriage, Kate Middleton will arrive at Westminster Abbey in a limousine from the Queen’s fleet of cars. This sense of modesty seems to be popular in all aspects of the wedding arrangements.
  • When Prince William’s grandmother Elizabeth was in Kenya, she learnt of her father’s death and returned to England knowing she would become Queen Elizabeth. Kenya is also where Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton. Could this be more than a coincidence?
  • For the first time in royal wedding history, Prince William and Kate Middleton have decided to invite 100 members of the British public to their wedding. The lucky few will also be allowed to attend the afternoon reception at Buckingham Palace. Everyone else will have to watch it on TV.
  • The Queen will probably offer Prince William the title of Duke of Cambridge or Duke of Sussex. But according to some sources, the future king wants to keep the title of Prince William, and can choose not to accept another title. If this happens, Kate will be known as Princess William of Wales. Technically, she could only be called Princess Catherine if the Queen decides it to be appropriate.
  • Although it remains a secret, the Queen’s home of Balmoral could be one of the settings for the newlywed’s honeymoon. The Queen and Prince Philip, and Prince Charles and Princess Diana both spent some of their honeymoons at the Scottish estate.
  • Prince William has decided to invite members of the homeless community and soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan to the wedding. Just like the humanitarian principles displayed by his late mother, this aspect of Prince William’s character will help to strengthen the image of the royal family around the world.
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton could be the first royal couple to sign a prenuptial agreement, according to some sources. It would make sense, considering the fallout from the Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce that ultimately damaged the image of the royal family. Hopefully, it won’t spoil the romance of this couple’s wedding and will only strengthen their relationship.

Undoubtedly the wedding ceremony will give the media many more things to talk about. Will Paul McCartney and Elton John be performing at the church? We shall have to wait and see…

If you’ve got your own special wedding day coming up, no doubt you’re feeling pretty special  yourself.  And when it comes to giving your guests a momento of your grand day, these Kate Aspen fleur-de-lis candle holders waiting for them at their reception dinner tables would look elegant and a little regal.  You can find them at All Occasions Favors & Gifts.

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