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Inspiration From The Royal Wedding And How To Do It Yourself!

If you want a wedding full of sophistication and glamour, maybe take a few tips from the royals below!

Invest in a stunning vintage inspired dress

Kate’s dress seemed to be the main focus of the entire wedding, and rightly so, it was beautiful! Designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander Mcqueen, the dress’ bodice was made of intricate lace appliqué, and each individual flower had been cut out and sewn by hand onto the ivory silk tulle. The design incorporated the rose, the thistle, the daffodil and the shamrock to represent each country in the UK.

Kate's Dress

With a high waist and a full skirt the dress took on a 1950’s feel, and it has been likened to other wedding dresses of that era, such as Marilyn Monroe’s and Queen Elizabeth’s. Most notable though has been it’s similarity to Grace Kelly’s, who also wore a diamond tiara. Kate’s ‘halo’ tiara had been leant to her by the Queen as her something borrowed, who herself was given it by her mother who wore it on her wedding day.

Grace Kelly

The evening saw Kate change into a lovely white strapless evening gown, with sparkling waist belt and a fluffy white angora cardigan.


Serve the most delicious canapés know to man

According to Vogue’s website, the couple held a lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, rather than the traditional wedding breakfast.

They served food which included; Cornish crab salad on lemon blini’s, miniature watercress and asparagus tarts, quails eggs with celery salt, bubble and squeak with confit shoulder of lamb, rhubarb crème brulee tartlets, and dark chocolate ganache truffles.

Apparently 21 chefs made 10,000 canapes in total! Yum!

Hire a vintage car

The couple drove away in an Aston Martin with the number plate ‘JUST WED’.

Royal Car

Hire a Harpist

After the couples balcony appearance, they walked into the Palace’s historic picture gallery and were serenaded by a golden harp, played by Charles’ official musician, Claire Jones. Beautiful!

Click the link below to hire out your own harpist for your special day.


Party your socks off!

Just because they’re Royal doesn’t mean they don’t know how to have a good time! Have a look at what the Telegraph have to say about the evenings proceedings…

‘There were fireworks, a live band led by the pop star Ellie Goulding, and the Palace’s magnificent Throne Room was transformed into a “massive nightclub”. One guest described the scene in the Throne Room, which had been set up with a stage, a dance floor and a cocktail bar serving champagne, spirits and Mojito cocktails: “The huge chandelier in the Throne Room had been cleverly covered with a kind of curtain or cylinder which had laser and strobe lights on it for the dance floor. There was a huge bar in the middle of the room, lots of sofas for everyone to lounge on when they weren’t on the dance floor, and a stage for the band.’

Pull an ‘All Nighter’

While the happy couple left the party at around midnight, Harry had other plans for the rest of the guests, and invited them to stay as long as they wanted to. If you are lucky enough to be able to afford to hire out an entire hotel for the night do as Harry did and organize a ‘survivors breakfast’ for the early hours, to provide sustenance for those still going strong. Bacon butties and strong coffee were prepared at the palace and available to guests from 6am!

Embrace ‘The Best of The British’!

From the flowers on Kate’s dress, to the bagpipers welcoming their guests, and right down to all of their food being sourced from the UK, I think it is safe to say that this wedding was suitably British!


About weddingreceptionidea

I run a wedding entertainment agency called 'The Band Boutique'. Our aim is to find the perfect band or performer for each couple that come to us. Whether the theme of the reception is 'Country Wedding', 'Vintage Tea Party' or simply 'Traditional' we endeavour to hand pick something that will delight guests as well as giving the happy couple a performance to remember. From Harpists to Parisian Gypsy Jazz, Rock Bands to String Quartet's, The Band Boutique will definitely have something that floats your boat! Whilst running The Band Boutique, visiting wedding fairs and scouring the web, I have spotted lots of fantastic wedding ideas, and I feel obliged to share them with the world! Hopefully they will inspire everyone else as much as they have inspired me.

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