Tuesday, April 5, 2011

24 Days!!!!!!!

So, can you just imagine planning your wedding with the WHOLE WORLD WATCHING?!?!?!
On the one hand, the pressure would be intense!  On the other, how exciting to know that every little thing you do for your celebration is going to set trends for at least the next 10 years, maybe longer!
Kate's gown has been a subject of big speculation.  Her favorite designer is Issa in London, and many think they will be the chosen designers.  The gown is going to be copied by every gown company in the world.  They'll all do their take on it, but it will be the trendsetter. 

All this royal wedding hype takes me back to July 29, 1981 when Charles married Diana.  We all got up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the pre-wedding reports.  We didn't have a VCR yet, so it was watch it now, or miss it!  My, how things have changed!  My Megan was just a little over 4 weeks old!  We all waited breathlessly to see what Diana would be wearing.  The glass windowed carriage came out from Clarence House, followed by mounted horsemen.  It proceeded to St. Paul's Cathedral, the entire route lined with throngs of people, shoulder to shoulder, cheering and waving as the carriage passed.  Many waited through the night for just a quick glimpse of the beautiful Lady Diana, soon to be the Princess of Wales.  They were the fairy tale couple.  She was demure, shy, and heartbreakingly gorgeous, Charles, well; not so gorgeous, but despite his less than handsome looks he had a few things going for him too. :)
I will never forget when Diana stepped out of the carriage!  That train!  It went on for miles!!!!!  She started up the stairs of St. Paul's and that train just kept coming and coming and coming!!!  It was ginormous! Here is the official description of it:
"Diana's wedding dress was a puff ball meringue wedding dress, with huge puffed sleeves and a frilly neckline. The dress was made of silk taffeta, decorated with lace, hand embroidery, sequins, and 10,000 pearls. It was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, and had a 25-foot train."
Today we look at this gown and our reactions are a little different.  It's overdone, huge, and WAY too elaborate and big for today's standards, but in 1981, boy, that was some dress!  I have always felt that the gown was kind of a metaphor for her life at that point.  It engulfed her, consumed her, overwhelmed her, kind of like the monarchy, the notariety, and the whole business of marrying a prince.  Poor Diana, she was so young, only 20, so naive, so innocent.  A crystal ball would have done her a lot of good.
I watched a video of the wedding on YouTube last night,

I couldn't help noticing how Charles barely looked at her as she came down the aisle.  He looked down, he talked to one of his attendants, he was definitely not the smitten groom, mesmerized by his beautiful bride!  Of course, hindsite is always 20/20 but still, the signs were there, we just didn't choose to see them.  Years later we found out that he wore a pair of cufflinks that were a gift from Camilla at the wedding.  The ROGUE!!!  I guess he did it for England, but still, I don't know that I can ever forgive him for breaking her heart.
Despite the unhappy ending to their fairytale, it was an incredible wedding. I hope that Wills and Kate will have a much happier ending to their story. I think the fact that they were friends for a long time before they dated, and also that they have dated for so long (eight years as opposed to the six months that Charles and Diana dated) will serve them well. They are both much older than at least Diana was when she was married. This seems to be a general trend that we have seen for a number of years, and I think it's great. Waiting to marry till you are in your late 20's, early 30's, seems to be much more the norm now.
The hype then was many times what it has been for William and Kate, if you can imagine it! It will be exciting to see what new trends and traditions come from this royal wedding. Jewelry stores are already seeing a surge in engagement rings with colored stones other than diamonds.
I'm looking forward to seeing it all, and seeing all the fall out afterward! Are you going to get up early and watch the wedding live? Or are you going to record it and watch it later?

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