Wedding bells are officially in the air. With an online betting frenzy taking place over who will design Meghan Markle's wedding dress for her upcoming nuptials with Prince Harry, it's only appropriate to look back on one of the most famous royal wedding dresses of all—Princess Diana's. Declared the "most closely guarded secret in fashion history," the wedding dress was a complete mystery until its dramatic unveiling on Princess Diana's wedding day.
Designed by husband-and-wife team David and Elizabeth Emanuel, Princess Diana's Alexander McQueen ivory taffeta gown was intricately embroidered with sequins, frilled lace, and 10,000 pearls, putting the value of the gown at an estimated $115,000. A stunning display of style and grandiosity, the gown has sparked multiple copycat dresses over the years and remains one of the most coveted royal gowns.
Now, here's a look back at all the mysterious details of Diana's wedding gown and how she managed to stun thousands with her iconic wedding day ensemble.
Her wedding gown barely fit in the royal coach.
Talk about wanting to make an entrance. Princess Diana had to be stuffed into her carriage on the way to St. Paul's Cathedral, as the excessive amount of fabric made it difficult for her to fit in the coach. Folding the fabric over and over to fit Diana into the carriage was what caused the wrinkles on her dress, designer Elizabeth Emanuel told the Daily Mail.
She stuck with tradition and wore something old, new, borrowed, and blue.
Her antique lace gown—the "something old"—was made with a fabric specially spun at a British silk farm, and a small blue bow was sewn into the waistband. For the final bit of the tradition, Diana wore the Spencer family tiara, an 18th century-era heirloom.
The lace on the gown dates back to the Queen Mary.
There is a very special square of Carrickmacross lace attached to Princess Diana's gown that once belonged to Queen Mary. Depending on the source, the square of fabric was either found in a bag of scraps or a donation from the Royal School of Needlework. Either way, it connected Diana to royal history.
She actually had to be sewn into her dress.
Princess Diana lost a considerable amount of weight before the big day, which meant some alterations were in order before she could be stitched into the final version of her dress on the day of the wedding. “She ended up with a 23-inch waist from a 26 to 27-inch,” designer Elizabeth Emanuel told People.
The veil attached to her tiara was longer than her train.
One of the most impressive parts of Princess Diana's gown is the 25-foot train. Even more amazing, though, was the 153-yard tulle veil connected to her tiara that truly made the ensemble feel worthy of a princess.
The designers had to install a safe to keep her dress a secret.
The media was all over the Emanuels' design studio following the announcement that they would be in charge of Princess Diana's dress. The couple went to great lengths to keep details about the gown a secret until the day of, even installing a safe to keep designs and fabric swatches. “It sounds a bit over-the-top, but it really did seem like people would go to any lengths to find out what the dress looked like,” Elizabeth explained, according to MetDaan.
She left her dress to Prince William and Prince Harry in her will.
Since its original unveiling in 1981, Princess Diana's dress has made appearances all over the world. In 2014, as stipulated in Princess Diana's will, the dress was passed down to her sons Prince William and Prince Harry after Harry's 30th birthday, according to People.
-Courtesy of Town and Country Magazine
As we get ready to spring into the new year and get ready for new ways to wow our wedding guests, we notice some trends that are on the rise and we wanted to share just a few that we loved!
Pantone just announced the color of the year is a Living Coral and we love this! Color has started to make its way back into weddings. Although we love blush and pastels, color is where our heart lies. From jewel tones to vibrant basics, we can’t explain how awesome it is that color is making its way back into weddings!
There are many things that we love and a classic is always one of them. Wedding dresses are returning in more of a simple and classic, almost timeless look. We credit that to Meghan Markle and her simple yet stunning wedding dress.
A lot of weddings are now being held indoors but couples are bringing the floral installations, outside greenery, beach arches indoors and having both worlds meshed together. This creates a gorgeous back drop and scenery for any type of wedding.
I mean…its fun and so glad many more people are embracing this fun trend. By the way, it looks AMAZING in photos!
Low floral installations
Something that has been steadily coming back into weddings and events all over is the low centerpiece. A few years ago, it was the taller centerpieces and then it was the tall and short being used and now low centerpieces are coming back. As I noticed this trend a little in 2018, I am so excited for lower centerpieces, it creates a more unique look on rectangular tables and gives way to a flow for conversation
And something new that is truly a fun trend: Custom Neon Wedding Signs
It is the coolest thing ever! We always say we want to see our name in lights and now you can! Check out NarWall on Etsy and their cool creations!
All of these amazing trends are just some of the trends happening in weddings and events for 2019. Make sure to come into Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique and we can get you fitted into your dream gown and let you start the trends!
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David's Bridal misses debt payment, setting stage for restructuring.
In a statement to Retail Dive, a spokesperson for David's Bridal described the missed interest payment as a "strategic decision" and said: "Our financial outlook is strong and we have ample liquidity to meet our key business objectives today and in the future." The spokesperson added that talks with lenders "are continuing in good faith and have been constructive" and are aimed at reaching "a mutually agreed upon resolution designed to strengthen our balance sheet so we can increase our financial flexibility and further invest in our business." In the meantime, the company does not expect "this process to materially impact our business or interfere with day-to-day operations or our relationships with vendors and customers."
Bailey McBurnett, is one of our Real Suzanne's Bridal Boutique brides, and we just adore her! Her and her husband, Andrew, have a love story straight out of a movie! They had one of the most dreamy beach weddings we have ever seen. We are excited to have Bailey share their love story, and wedding herself with us on the blog today.
"Andrew and I met when we were freshman in high school. Two years later we went on our first date, and after that first date Andrew told me a year later that when he got back in his truck after dropping me off he said out loud "I have found the next Mrs. McBurnett"! We dated for the rest of high school and in my Senior year Andrew had just graduated the spring before and was going to be going to college 2 hours away. We decided to try long distance. We made it work for 3 long years of lots of driving and phone calls. It was so hard but so very worth it."
"8 months later with lots of wedding planning we had our beautiful beach wedding on a cliff in La Jolla, California. It was always a dream of mine and Andrew to get married on the beach. It was a warm sunny day filled with our closest family and friends. We had a simple reception to follow at a restaurant that overlooked the entire La Jolla cove.
After the reception Andrew and I headed back down to the beach to take some sunset photos. We posed on the cliffs and walked along the sand just enjoying every moment. The waves were calm and the sunset was incredible."
"About halfway through our shoot we were standing near the waters edge, when all of a sudden a giant wave came to the shore pulling on my dress and taking me down to the sand. I could not believe it. The whole bottom half of my dress was soaked and the ends of my hair were drenched. I knew that there was a chance of me getting a little wet and sandy but I did not see this coming."
"After that brief moment of shock, we laughed and decided to have fun with it now! We went deeper into the water, laid in the sand, and had a much more fun time than if the incident never would of happened. Over all the whole wedding was the wedding of our dreams and we wouldn't of changed a single thing!”
Don't we have the most beautiful brides?! I love how sweet and easy going this couple is. What a great way to make the most out of a situation when they got soaked by the waves rolling in! Those photos came out so adorable too! What a fun memory! Thank you Bailey, for sharing your sweet story and wedding with us! Everything turned out gorgeous, and we are so happy to have you as a Suzanne's Bridal Boutique bride. Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your special day.
Photography: Blue Spot Photography & Sarah Smiles Photography AZ
Florals: Sugar Rose Flowers
Gown: Suzanne's Bridal Boutique
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