The past week has been a monumental one for weddings. “Waity Katie” finally got her big day – and a far more complimentary nickname: The Duchess of Cambridge. Unless you’ve been in a coma for the last week, you’ve no doubt caught some coverage of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s historic wedding. You couldn’t even miss it by being in outer space. I actually saw a clip of astronauts watching from their space shuttle.
Just because you’re not marrying into royalty doesn’t mean you can’t have a wedding fit for a princess. Kate, of course, had millions of dollars, diamonds galore and an actual palace at her disposal. But, with a little creativity, even we “commoners” can incorporate some of the best elements of the royal wedding into our own big days.
Throw a champagne brunch
Who says a wedding has to include dinner? Kate and Wills kicked off their post-nuptial celebration with a champagne and canapé brunch. Lucky guests sipped on a Pol Roger NV Brut Reserve Champagne and nibbled on elegant hors d’oeuvres like Scottish smoked salmon roses on beetroot blinis, quails’ eggs with celery salt and rhubarb crème brulee tartlets.
Yes, the celebrity-studded brunch was followed by a formal dinner and a late-night dance party, but if you aren’t throwing a seven-figure fete, I think a daytime brunch is a lovely and sophisticated way to go. You may be able to save some cash, and really, who doesn’t love drinking champagne during the day?
Hire a sultry chanteuse
As a lesbian, I’m kind of partial to the sound of women’s voices (surprise!), and I love the idea of a female wedding singer. Of course, most people want to dance to their favorite songs at their weddings, so a female-headed band that performs covers is the perfect solution. What could be better (or more appropriate for a lesbian wedding) than classic songs reinterpreted by a sexy female singer? British pop star Ellie Goulding did the honors at the royal wedding. Goulding sang some of her original songs and also put her own stamp on classics like Elton John’s “Your Song,” which she sang for Kate and William’s first dance.
Leave something to the imagination
Clearly, Kate Middleton had no choice but to wear something modest to her high-profile wedding. But, I think we can all take a cue from her stunning Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown.
I’ve always been a fan of long-sleeved wedding dresses because I find them to be romantic in an old-fashioned way. If a strapless dress isn’t your style or you’re marrying when it’s cold outside, a timeless long-sleeved look like Kate’s may be right for you.