For those of us who dreamt about feeling like royalty during our wedding day, a true princess gown is in order. Exquisite fabric, long trains, dramatic veils and sparkling headpieces, all of them are part of the royal attire for a happily ever after.
Princesses and Queens have worn the most coveted (and sometimes over-the-top) wedding gowns, and while some of these sophisticated numbers might not fit in your modest wedding chapel by sheer length, you can also walk down the aisle with a dress inspired in royalty. Here are some of the fabrics and styles that are guaranteed to make you look and feel like a princess.
Worn by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg. Ideal fabric for a fit bodice and an A-line flared skirt, simple yet elegant. Paired with a lace bodice and lace sleeves, it exudes elegance and poise. While ivory silk can be very light, ivory silk taffeta has very good structure, flattering for hourglass or pear shaped body types.
If you’re getting married in colder weather, you may want to go for Princess Máxima’s choice. The South American come Dutch princess wore a piece by Valentino in heavy silk mikado, which is a blend of natural or synthetic silk that results in a sheer, crisp fabric. This fabric offers great structure for strapless dresses, either long or short.
Tulle is a romantic fabric used for veils and for skirts. Oscar de la Renta has lovely wedding gowns with tulle embroidered skirts, if spending $4,000 USD is in your budget, of course. Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg wore an Elie Saab for her wedding day. The dress had a unique blend of fabrics, including two types of lace, satin organza, tulle and silk crepe. The result was breathtakingly beautiful.
When it comes to royalty, they do like to show off their trains. Of course, the length of a cathedral allows for plenty of space to trail exquisitely embroidered fabric behind you. If you want to make a statement, go for Diana’s 25-foot (7.62 m) train. Though bear in mind that even Lady Di suffered her wedding gown when she realized she couldn’t fit in her carriage.
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Embellishments? Bring them on! All of them. Crystals, pearls and sequins, royal wedding gowns are there to make a statement. Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg wore a gown with a lace fitted bodice and a skirt heavily embroidered with pearls and beads. To top it up, her veil was embroidered with silver flowers. Rose appliques are in this season. Look for Jenny Packham designs if Swarovski crystals are your thing.
What would be of a princess without a tiara? If you opt for this spectacular headpiece, make sure to buy it at the same time than the veil, as they should match, and take it with you when you’re trying hairstyles for your wedding day. It’s important to know where the tiara will go, as this will affect how your face looks and how long your veil will be.