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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Royal Wedding Wednesday ~ What To Wear

Welcome to the Royal Wedding Wednesday~ What To Wear linky party! I am so happy you all enjoyed a good laugh at my bridesmaid horrors on last Monday’s post.

Alas my invitation to the Royal Wedding has yet to arrive. But for those who have received theirs, it clearly states what the dress code is.

Military Uniform

Morning Coat

Lounge Suit (what the British refer to as a coat and tie)
Hmmm. Not much help for the women. Thankfully you have me. (smile)  But let’s begin with the men. Sigh~I love a man in uniform.
Prince William has three options available to him as an officer in the Royal Navy. (HRH is a Sea King Search and Rescue Pilot.) I imagine he will select something close to the middle image and no doubt will wear all of his medals proudly.
Much like his grandfather, Prince Philip, did on his wedding day.

Of course many of us remember his father, Prince Charles, wearing full regalia on his wedding day to Lady Diana.

For the morning coat category I had no need to search google for an image. I have excitedly been waiting to show you Mr. Décor’s dashing Uncle David and lovely Aunt Bette. This also is a good first clue on what ladies should wear.

A morning coat (or tailcoat, as Americans refer to it) is the daytime formal dress code, consisting chiefly of a morning coat, waistcoat (vest) and striped trousers, generally in various shades of gray. One often wears a top hat as well. Morning dress is generally worn only for weddings, some official government or Royal functions, races such as Ascot, and as uniform at some of Britain's most traditional schools such as Eton, which both Prince William and Prince Harry, attended.

Uncle David was an educational ambassador for Great Britain for many years. His service to his country was recognized by the Queen and he was awarded the O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire) That’s right, our David went to Buckingham Palace to receive this truly distinguished honor.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V.  The Order of the British Empire recognizes distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organizations of all kinds. The Order's motto is “For God and the Empire”. I am blessed to know Uncle David and can tell you his character truly encompasses all that this honor stands for.

Lastly, we have the lounge suit. Yawn. I hope that very few of the gentlemen in attendance at the wedding select this option. After all, it is not everyday that the future King of England marries.

Now for the ladies. The clue that their selections should be rather formal are of course indicated by the option of a morning coat. So what does this mean?

First and foremost you can leave your strapless dresses at home. As the young couple is marrying in Westminster Abbey~ a Church of England, I would bet a rather large sum of money that even the bride will have her shoulders covered. This makes me very happy as I am rather tired of the strapless look and Catherine’s gown selection will no doubt usher in a new trend.

Secondly, make sure your legs are not bare either. Once again this is a formal occasion held in a church. As the wedding does take place in England in April, you’ll thank me later that you had the extra layer. By all means enjoy the now popular range of textures and colors available for hose, but keep restraint in mind.

The English still wear head ware to formal occasions. (Yeah!) We can look to Kate for the various forms of accepted, yet still stylish, headwear.  Keep in mind for a daytime ceremony it is in good taste for only the bride to wear a tiara.

But by all means wear a full brimmed hat.

Pill box with veil.

My personal favorite so far has been a medium sized asymmetrical felt creation that fit her ensemble perfectly.
Runner up, the large flirty feather fascinator.

As well as the smaller fascinator ~a choice she made in her first official appearance last weekend and will no doubt will be a popular choice with the younger guests.

Non acceptable headgear.
Now onto the wedding guest dress and suit selections.
 COLOR options~
Please keep in mind that if you are over that age of 10 it is only appropriate for the bride and her attendants to wear solid white or ivory. End of story, no arguments. This is the brides day to shine.
No neon and no fire engine red (raspberry, plum, and claret are acceptable shades). Again, this is the bride’s day to stand out. Jezebel ~ have you learned nothing from Scarlett?
Black is only to be used as an accessory. This is a wedding and not a funeral.
Acceptable fabrics
Think soft and flowing silk.
Beautiful brocade in springtime shades.
Lovely summer weight wool.

Crisp cotton chintz or jersey.
Select a small to medium sized handbag and tasteful heels. Here is where black, as an accent color, is acceptable.
Jewelry should be kept to a minimum. Both pearls and diamonds are acceptable. Select stud earrings, small rings, broaches, simple strand necklaces and bracelets.
If you follow these guidelines, the Queen will be very happy.

You may have noticed in the above images that the Queen often wears gloves. Many women attending the wedding will follow suit. A favorite glove maker of the royal family is Dents gloves.

Here I offer you an outstanding example of what a perfectly outfitted female guest might wear to the Royal Wedding. Smashing Bette!

Now that we have seen proper attire I am eager to see what you will link up in the form of bridesmaid gowns in the “Pretty Princess or Perfectly Putrid” category. The best submission, selected by esteemed experts Jenny and the Fashionista, will win a vintage crown broach, antique berry bowl, soap, sachet, chocolate and of course no stylish English rose would be caught without her handkerchief.

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Congratulations to Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting for her entry in the bridesmaid category. The judges agreed that the vintage 60’s gems worn below could actually go either way (smile) but we’ll say “Pretty Princess”.

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The “Hat’s Off” winner will receive a lovely vintage broach featuring a sweet hat wearing Prince. You can nestle your gems in an antique berry bowl and as all good fashionista’s know, a hanky, lavender sachet, great soap and chocolate can truly help a girl get through a day. I want to see what you wore on your big day…HAT, VEIL OR TIARA!

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Congratulations to Nook and Cranny who created this darling chapeau specifically for the Royal Wedding.

Lastly, we have a sweet vintage rhinestone tiara broach, antique berry and bauble bowl, sachet, hanky, soap, and chocolate for our “Best British Baubles” winner.

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Congratulations to Lax Super Mom of Sugar & Spice in the Land of Balls and Sticks for her beautiful bling. This beautiful bride had a tiara, earrings, a lovely wedding ring… even her fingernails had rhinestones!

Ladies, you can now grab your button and consider yourselves crowned Queen!


May your own home be your castle,



Karena said...

Laura you are the best! Such proper pointers for all of us who will be attending!

Your family; Uncle David and Aunt bette are wonderful.

Our bride to be is just perfection!

Art by Karena

Jeannine said...

Thank you for the attire advice. My invitation must have been lost in the mail as well. It's just as well. I look horrid in hats.

Lady Dorothy said...

Oh, Laura! This is a fabulous post! We could so do with some more dress etiquette in this country! (Roll-out-of-bed casual seems to be the norm for this area.)

Bloggymom said...

This is a fun, fun party!!!

classic • casual • home said...

Wow. This was too much fun. I was hanging on every word. Not sure about some of the hats but Kate does have a certain elegant style.
Mary Ann

Anita said...

Oh Laura how perfect!! It definitely makes me wish Americans had the same respect for dress. Love the hats so much, and I too am so glad it won't be strapless!! I cannot wait!! Maybe some of her style will cross the ocean.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Laura, I am so thankful that you've told me how to dress for THE wedding! I have been so worried about that. I wish I could carry off one of those cute hats like Kate wears. Mr. Decor's parents look fab in their formal English attire, and what an honor for Uncle David! Very interesting and fun post. Thank you for hosting the party. I hope it is okay that I added my wedding attire to the bottom of my current Mardi Gras post. laurie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a fun post, I think Kate is such a beauty and looks great in all of her hats. I wish we still wore hats, they were so fun, thank you for all of the tips!


Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

Super, Laura! I have begun cataloging the wedding gifts Charles & Diana received at http://timewasantiquesfamily.blogspotand have linked to you.
Antiques And Teacups

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I learn sooooooooooo much from these posts!! Thanks for always taking the time to share these with us! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

♥ Miss Tea said...

what an interesting and good advices on wedding outfits! love men in uniform and kate's outfits are all lovely! thanks for sharing!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is all so interesting and you write so tongue in cheek! Again, it reads like a magazine article!


Auntie Em said...

Your pictorials are so cute! :D I love the comparisons in the 'Dos and Don'ts'. Some royals really should be reading your blog before the big day.

Your aunt and uncle are so cute all gussied up. You know, everyone should have at least one event in their lifetime where they need to be really dressed to the nines!

Thanks for sharing! :)

Kammy said...

Hi Laura !
What a funny post or should I say such an informative post. What will
you be wearing to the wedding ??
p.s. save me some of that crunchy bar !!!

Nook & Cranny said...

Thanks for all the advice. I can't wait to see all of the hats.
Thanks for hosting such a fun event.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Laura,

What an awesome post! You crack me up. I am your newest follower, and you can find yourself on my sidebar. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit yesterday.

God bless,


jeanette from everton terrace said...

I do love how dressed up they get for a wedding. Hats everywhere. You might faint to learn that sometimes black is for weddings, my bridesmaids wore black :)

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Laura, Thank you ... now I know what V and I shall wear to the event! heehee! This was SO fun to read!!!!!! I bet your invite is just a little late! ( :
Have a pretty day!!!!

Deanna said...

Dearest Laura,
A sweet day to you!
Here I sit in my flannel red/black plaid housecoat sipping on my morning coffee visiting your royal blog! Not too slylish, but overboard on the honest.

I just about have mastered a fake english accent...I could at least show up sounding the part while attending the royal wedding. As for clothing, I'd copy the clean lines of your Auntie's two piece dressy outfit in soft spring colors, place a color coordinated hat on my head and make sure to be wearing a good smelling gentle fragrance of floral perfume.

Clean undergarments are a must...grins...hose, comfy shoes with matching clutch handbag, a brooch, matching earrings and of course gloves.

Fun to read this post.
d from homehaven

Janna said...

what a fun post! I eloped, but I may link to my nieces recent wedding if I have a good post in my archives :)

Mildred said...

Laura, This is so much fun - thanks for all these lovely photos. I would like to share a link with you of one of the most courageous young couples I know (thru blogging). They've been married just a couple of years and their wedding photos are out of this world. Zane was electrocuted a few months back and Courtney has documented their amazing journey and God's amazing grace on her blog:

Cassi said...

Thanks for commenting on my post. I will have to try and get a post together to join this.

mary kathryn @ mathews family happenings said...

what a fabulous post! Thanks for letting me know about your link party- I've linked up pics from my wedding which I've just recently blogged about. Love your blog!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

These parties are so fun! I didn't want to miss another one. Thank you for hosting!

Very interesting and informative.

You were a beautiful bride!


Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

That was a sweet post! Loved reading it and OH I remember the days of Hats and Gloves on Sundays! I LOVE Both, But always found hats awkward to wear. I still buy them though, BUT only for display, hehe!
Thank you for the fun post and update.
Hugs, Donna

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Seriously - I wanted to do a similar post but I tell you what - WHY BOTHER! This is one of the most fun posts I have read in a long time.
Nicely DONE!
I'm gushing I know, but I have so enjoyed my time here today!!!!
We will be having a sleep over at Momm'a that night and will ALL be sporting our hats in the wee hours of the morning as we watch on the "telly"

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

thanks for sharing the story of your Uncle David! Are we not lucky to see Kate bring back fashion like Diana!

Donna said...

Hi Laura,

I must say I did so enjoy this post! How fun! I've always been interested in English Royal fashion. :o)

I shared a photo of my daughter in a bridesmaid dress I altered from a prom dress. The post is all about how to alter prom dresses..I've done a lot! What made this photo so precious is that my Marine son was dressed in his formal uniform..and he and his sister looked so sweet together. :o) Thanks for hosting this special linky party!

Donna @ Comin' Home

bikim said...

beautifulllllllllllllllll post!
gorgeous photos!!!!
take care,

Craftymoose Crafts said...

A day late to your beautiful post, but so enjoyed it just the same!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

This is such a lovely post. I'm really looking forward to the Royal Wedding. We're thinking of having a street party here. Very exciting indeed!


Lorrie said...

Sadly, my invitation has likewise gone astray in the post. Tsk, tsk.

I posted my daughter's wedding, but the linky photo wouldn't work....

Nezzy said...

I just had to crack up the other night when a reporter said that Camellia was givin' Kate 'fashion' advice! Heeehehhe!!!

I adore that little bicycle basket in the post above sweetie!

God bless ya and enjoy your day!!!

MarySue said...

My invite hasn't arrived . . . yet, but with your help I'll be prepared for a jiffy trip across the pond.

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Dear Laura, what a lovely post. I enjoyed very much. And I want to thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment. I apologize that I could not visit before, I was away on a mission trip. (Arizona)
Blessings! ~*~Wendy~*~

Carolyn @ Adrift on the Lake said...

What a fun post! I have read this over and over and found something new each time!

Thank you for the very sweet message on my tablescape post and I'm so glad I found your blog -- and I'm your newest follower!

Babes and Sages said...

Thanks for stopping over at my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I really enjoyed your funny post about royal wedding attire and decided to link up :) Thanks for letting me know.

Priscilla said...

Thanks Laura, I removed the post that I had linked to your wedding linky party. I posted it on my regular page. I don't know why there was no place to leave a comment. I'll have to research how Bogger works on that issue.
I have thanked you on my blog, but wanted to let you know that I appreciate you blog and all the fun you provide.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Laura, I a fashionably late, but made it!
Uncle Dave and Aunt Bette are are all ready in their royal worthy attire! So upper crust!
Thanks for all the info and fun. I vote for William to wear his uniform. There is something about a man in a uniform! Kate will look gorgeous I am sure. She has such impeccible tase!
Thanks for hosting!

Bonnie said...

I am going to enjoy this wedding so much more because of YOU!

The Pennington Point said...

I've got a small-ish fascinator planned for the big day. But I haven't figured out what to wear. I need a new spring dress anyway, so this is a good excuse. Fun! Lisa~

Ladybird Ln said...

Thanks for this fun fun post! I am so excited for the Royal Wedding! Thanks for the comments on my blog! My Dad actually wrote a song for Will and Kate, I think it is really sweet, you can find it here:

Maybe you could feature it on a Royal Wedding Wednesday!


WobiSobi said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I am checking out your auction thanks for the heads up, Hugs, Anne

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Great post, and great blog! :-) So interesting. I can't WAIT to see the wedding gown!