Weddings have changed through the decades. From quaint family attending and an everyday dress to more elaborate affairs. The trends have come and gone, but it has been the Royal Weddings that have redefinedwedding culture.
While it’s true white wedding dresses have been around since Anne of Brittany married in 1499; it didn’t really catch on until 1840 when Britain’s newly crowned Queen
Victoria married Prince Albert. Her sleeve wedding dress was splendid beauty in layers of white satin. The Queen’s style appealed to young women everywhere! Suddenly, this luxury of only the richest (due to its difficulty to clean and maintain in the nineteen century) became a must-have. It symbolized joy more so than chastity.
From this Royal Wedding, the tradition began and adding to it became wedding planners, professional photographers and elaborate cakes. Everyone wanted to feel like Royalty.
By the 1970s, couples grew tired of pre-planned cookie cutter weddings and the “Destination Wedding” was launched. Churches were left behind; it was instead all about location, location, location!
Then in 1981, a Royal Wedding happened truly of Fairytale Proportions! Princess Diana of Wales married Prince Charles. It was in true lavish flair and gave rebirth to tradition. Every bride wanted to replicate the Royal Wedding.
Weddings became more and more elaborate. An average wedding through the 1980s was $20,000.Nearly every detailed was choreographed and handled by a professional.
For many the cost has scaled down and as a culture, we plan weddings that embrace all the weddings of the past.
The world is in preparation for the upcoming May 19, 2018, wedding when Meghan Markle will marry Prince Harry. We’re waiting to see the dress; will it be the same Fairytale design as the late Princess Diana, or will she bring the Royal Family into a more modern light and set a new precedent for the next generation of brides.
News reports also speculate who will be in Markle’s bridal party, with front-runners: Meghan’s bestie, stylist Jessica Mulroney, ‘Made In Chelsea” star Millie Macintosh, Misha Nonoo and Serena Williams. Regardless, of whose chosen, I can’t wait to see the bride bridesmaid dressing gowns.
Meghan Markle is modern. I’m eagerly waiting to see how a new generation of Royalty will impact our wedding traditions…still, that little girl in me hopes she does indeed arrive in the carriage!