Every couple yearns to make their wedding day a memorable, enchanting experience that honors their unique love story. Whether it be through themed weddings and other efforts to think outside the box, there are a variety of approaches you can take to make your special day one for the books.
For couples who have sophisticated taste and style fit for a king, there is no inspiration source more fitting than the royal family. Incorporating British royal family traditions into your wedding day can bring an air of peerless grandeur to your celebration. Aspects such as refined etiquette, well-tailored attire, and other time-honored practices can turn your wedding into a timeless affair that’ll be remembered and treasured by guests for years to come.
Below, we give you the rundown on ways to incorporate the tried-and-true wedding customs of the British royal family into your own nuptials. Read ahead!
10 British Royal Family Wedding Traditions to Try on Your Big Day:
1. Don a long-sleeved wedding dress, a tiara, and a veil.
Follow in the footsteps of royal brides and wear a high-coverage gown that favors matte fabrics over sparkle, placing emphasis on modesty, timelessness, and a universal elegance. To complete the look, accessorize with a crystal-studded tiara with an attached long veil.
2. Incorporate the processional order.
Emulate the formal processional order, with key family members and attendants or the entourage walking down the aisle behind the bride and groom.
3. Choose a historic venue
Select a historic, awe-inspiring venue reminiscent of the magnificent halls and castles where royal nuptials take place.
4. Select a fitting bridal car.
Instead of a sports car or other trendy vehicle, emulate the royal family by arriving or departing in a horse-drawn carriage or vintage car for that regal feel.
5. Consider military-inspired menswear.
If applicable, have the groom and groomsmen wear ensembles that draw inspiration from military uniforms and tailoring, as is customary in some royal weddings.
6. Fill the reception hall with hymns and classical music.
During the dances, have a band or choir play hymns and classical music for an ethereal and traditional touch.
7. Consider a balcony appearance and photo opportunity.
If your venue comes with a balcony that faces a courtyard or any wide space for guests to gather, consider making a brief appearance after the ceremony to wave at guests and to have your photos taken.
8. Wear heirloom wedding rings, or rings made from a material preferred by the previous generations in your family.
The British royal family traditionally uses Welsh gold for their wedding rings, which is widely considered as one of the rarest types of gold in the world. To replicate this tradition, opt for wedding bands in heirloom metal.
9. Have a double-ring ceremony.
Include a double-ring ceremony, where both the bride and groom exchange rings. This tradition was popularized by King George VI when he married Queen Elizabeth, the mother of Queen Elizabeth the II.
10. Carry a lush bridal bouquet of white flowers against green leaves.
Just like the bouquets of royal brides, go for white flowers, lively greens, and a sprig of myrtle. The latter is a tradition that dates back to Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840, and symbolizes love and happiness.
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