Princess Diana’s dress to go on display at Kensington Palace

Weddings

Wedding Dresses and Planning

Even if you didn’t attend or watch the wedding day of Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Diana on 29th July 1981, many people consider the wedding dress designed by the Emanuels as the most famous in wedding history.   That dress became the wedding trend replicated time and time again, becoming an iconic style.  It oozed the 1980s culture of excess in many ways, including the 25-foot train, the dress made from taffeta, over 10,000 pearls and antique Carrickmacross lace that I understand belonged to Queen Mary.    

What an entrance that dress made, which was so big could barely fit into the carriage, causing the dress to crease.

Following the sad death of Diana, the dress’ ownership was bequeathed to her sons, Duke of Cambridge, William and Prince Harry, who have agreed to loan it to Kensington Palace recently to go on display.

Something old, something borrowed, something new, something blue

As with Diana, many brides want to follow this tradition. Like most old English rhymes, they were formed to ward off evil just like giving a bride a sixpence to put in her shoes.

For Diana this encompassed having:

  • Something old –the actual lace gown
  • Something borrowed – the Spencer’s family tiara
  • Something new – 18 carat gold good luck charm
  • Something blue – small bow sewn into waistband

Wedding Day Traditions

In recent times items relating to these rhymes are given as a token of good luck, from the wearing of blue as the colour choice for the bridesmaid to even hair colour! Something old gifted from an older relative such as a piece of their jewellery handed down, or an actual piece of material from their wedding dress to be then sewn into the new wedding dress.

Many bridal shops stock good luck charms or the online shop ‘Bridal Gift Box’ based on Isle of Wight have several

https://www.thebridalgiftbox.co.uk/

Some opt to have a ‘lucky chimney sweep’ at their wedding, which was a tradition 200 years ago after the King issued a Royal Decree that Chimney Sweeps were bringers of luck.  

Today chimney sweeps are booked for a wedding to give the groom a handshake and the bride a kiss. 

https://www.sootythesweep.com/

https://www.markfentonsweepservices.co.uk/

Wedding Day Oops moments!

For many brides there are oops moments. Diana reportedly had spilt perfume on her wedding dress causing a stain. According to 'Diana the Portrait' she hid the stain by tucking the front of her dress in avoiding attention to it on the day.

As a bride myself years ago, I woke on the morning of my wedding day to find my mother had in fact ironed and scorched a large brown iron mark onto the front of the skirt of my dress. What could I do, but strategically move the layers of white satin to cover the mark and get on enjoying my wedding day!

I am sure there are many examples of wardrobe malfunctions of brides throughout the years.

Thank goodness flower bouquets are not just for show!

Why Choose a Wedding Planner?

As a Wedding Planner I’m always there on hand with an emergency kit just in case of any oops moments, from needle and thread (for any rips to outfits) to bottles of water to stay hydrated, cereal bars to give some energy, chewing gum to give the freshest breath, pain killers, plasters for any blisters; in fact, my bag is like a ‘Mary Poppins’ style and prepared for any eventuality!

Of course, wedding days are the most important and hopefully happiest day of our lives, so using a wedding planner, either to work with you during the planning stages, or simply for on the day, can relieve much stress and anxiety.  It's like having your own personal assistant, and by your side in case of any ‘oops moments’!

How do I know which Wedding Planner to use?

As you will expect its important to choose the right planner for you after all they will differ from personalities, styles and experience.   

Whilst there isn’t a qualification in wedding planner, I have undertaken various training and offer this within my wedding celebrant and planning business.  

Amanda-Louise Knight Ceremonies. I am affiliated with and trained at The Institute of Professional Celebrants. I have a wealth of experience as a wedding planner and celebrant and regularly work with clients wanting personalised luxury ceremonies in Somerset and across the UK. Contact me on hello@alkcelebrant.co.uk or 07879 220 046

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