Lace, bunting and Pippa's butt
After the recession, earthquakes, tsunamis, GFC and various other negative things, the royal wedding became a beacon of hope for many last year.
It became something positive, something to celebrate, something joyous, something to raise a glass to.
Here were two young people with their whole futures in front of them, who were partaking in a historic moment that we were allowed to get swept up in to if we so desired.
And I love that about weddings. How the celebration allows everyone to put their own realities, their own hardships, their own bad times on the backburner for once and just BE happy - for the couple, and for the whole concept of love and commitment in general.
I was lucky enough to be one of the hundreds (thousands?) of media to be granted access to the royal wedding a year ago.
Stationed outside Buckingham Palace on Queen Victoria's memorial, I got to witness the comings and goings of the day's festivities and see the traditional balcony kiss - not once, but twice - while the crowd of two million roared. It was, in a word, exceptional. An experience I will never forget.
That day has had a huge effect on weddings since and I thought I'd reflect on a few ways:
I LOVED Kate's dress. Personally it's not for me (too princessey... but she can totally *ahem* get away with that) but that dress has spawned thousands of similar designs and repopularised lace for the first time since Madonna in the 80s. Sleeves are starting to come back in as well (and the anti-strapless dress brigade cheers loudly!), as well as the half-time dress change - well played by both Kate and Wills.
The Pippa butt
"You've got the Pippa butt!," one of my bridesmaid's screamed when I came out of a dressing room wearing a rather slinky (and what I declared to be the "wedding night nightie, raaaooow") wedding dress. I don't - of course - have anything close to resembling a Pippa butt, but this dress did give a certain pertness to my behind so I could see what she meant.
A year ago that phrase wasn't in our lexicon but now one only has to say the name Pippa and we know who you're talking about and precisely what outfit you're referring to.
When I wasn't admiring Pippa's butt, I was noticing the flowers in her hair - forget-me-nots. [Eds Update: Thanks commentor 'Office Girl' - you're right, they were Lily of the Valley, my bad!] Beautiful, and matched the bridal bouquet. The trend of having quite simple, rustic-like flowers like these, or baby's breath (which I also love) has definitely caught on recently also.
Men in love are hot
Wills made being in love acceptable. Controversial, I know. But in our society, men who declare their love or affection publicly are often ridiculed for being 'soft' or whatever. But here's Will, a man in uniform and with nice teeth (both my weaknesses), declaring his love in front of millions (a billion?) and not being all awkward about it. Nothing sexier than a man who can blush. Especially one who can fly helicopters too!
Coloured stone engagement rings
The fact Wills 'recycled' his late mother's engagement ring to young Kate hasn't sat well with some people but I think it was a huge gesture. It is one of the most famous rings in the world. Ask anyone to draw other famous people's engagement rings and you'd be hard pressed, but this iconic setting has had a resurgence with plenty of variations now available in shops.
When my boss asked me to bring back some royal bunting from the wedding, I thought she was referring to wedding night antics; I had no idea what bunting was.
Turns out those flag that were all throughout London were pretty popular and now - if Pinterest is anything to go by - are popular at weddings now too. I'm considering getting my non-existent sewing skills into shape and knocking some out myself for our "rustic, shabby chic"* affair.
What were your favourite parts of the royal wedding? Have you known anyone to have royal themed weddings since? What effect do you think the royal wedding has had in terms of wedding fads?
*God I hate how people "label" their weddings but I can see why. So many people have asked me what my "style" or "theme" is for the wedding...