Continuing our two-part series of royal wedding gowns, we feature top five bridal gowns. Each of them is unique and inspiring. Here we go:
5. Queen Elizabeth II:
Upon her marriage with Prince Philip on November 20, 1947, Queen Elizabeth II wore a Norman Hartnell creation, decorated with pearls and flowers. This royal wedding was widely celebrated for being first royal wedding since WWII. Some say her Royal Highness saved ration coupons to buy materials for her dress. Specifically, her dress was made from ivory duchess satin and decorated with thousands of white pearls imported from the United States. Queen Elizabeth’s 15-foot train was heavily embellished with flowers.. Interestingly, her pearls and silver embellished shoes were made from same fabric as her dress. Additionally, Queen Elizabeth wore her mother’s silk veil and her grandmother’s tiara. She also included a pearl strand given by her parents, making her royal wedding gown, one of the most remembered royal bridal looks.
Style Tip: You can be creative and sentimental by including personal fashion or jewelry items from your loved ones such as your grandmother and/or mother.
4. Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg:
Princess Stephanie’s custom Elie Saab wedding dress was a royal masterpiece. Her ivory gown was created with six historical fabrics: Chantilly lace, Calais lace, satin organza, tulle and silk crepe for lining and silk tulle for her veil. Her regal gown had a bateau (boat) neckline at the back, lace fitted bodice, 3/4 sleeves and a skirt heavily ornamented with pearls and beads. This extravagant wedding dress had two trains: A 2.5 meter train continued from her skirt, and a 4.5-meter train flowed from her waist. The second one was topped off with a silk tulle veil, decorated with a silver floral motif.
This royal lady had chosen her Lannoy family’s tiara, which was made many years ago by Altenloh in Brussels, world renowned jewelry. With 270 brilliant forever diamond sparkles, this tiara was set in platinum. Its leaf motifs were a perfect match, complementing her embroidery and gown completely. Her wedding jewelry includes small diamond, pearl earrings and a necklace.
Style Tip: A ‘double train’ with heavily embellished creates a royal look. You can choose a conservative neckline with a modern twist for a sophisticated and sexy look.
3. Princess Martha Louise:
The wedding dress of this Norwegian princess was full of inspiration and fairytale details. Norwegian designer Wenche Lyche designed her wedding gown, which was an elegant two-piece dress. The coat (which includes a train) was embellished with Swarovski crystals. Its inspiration source was Martha lily and the Gothic arches of Nidaros Cathedral, where the wedding ceremony occurred. Color of the off-white duchesses satin fabric resembles the color of lily, while the coat form mimics a flower. You can easily find Gothic inspiration in pointed arch tip of her three-meter train.
This unique wedding gown has sentimental value as well. Her dress consists of letters ‘A’ and ‘M’ woven into its design, ‘thread of life’ was embroidered around the edge of the train and its end has an ornamented circle of five lilies (five is a sacred number for marriage). A bejeweled ‘A’ for Ari was used as a clasp at the front of her coat jacket. It was created using cultured pearls, 16 brilliant diamonds in White Gold. It was intended as a brooch on her sleeveless dress under the coat, which includes a much simpler style. This Norwegian Princess topped her dress by a silk chiffon veil, cut similarly to a train that was beautifully anchored by Queen Maud’s Pearl and Diamond Tiara.
Style Tip: Be creative and unconventional if you want a multi-use dress. You can break tradition by choosing a highly structured dress that makes you feel beautiful with a peace of mind. Include significant symbols in order to add sentimental value.
2. Princess Catherine:
This commoner-turned-royal dazzled us with her exceptional Alexander McQueen wedding gown. Her dress included an artistic vision from a legendary designer, but also a traditional touch of English royalty and sheer modernity. Commemorating history of England, the lace appliqué bodice was made of satin featuring handmade bodice and skirt. Inspired by the Victorian style of corsetry and a hallmark of Alexander McQueen styling, the V-neck ivory satin bodice elegantly narrowed to the waist. Laces for her gown include both an English lace and a French Chantilly lace that run throughout the bodice, skirt and underskirt trim. This unique royal gown was made in ivory and white satin gazar with a long, full skirt and soft pleats forming a Victorian style semi-bustle at the back, finishing in a short train, measuring just 270 centimeters.
The Duchess has an heirloom sapphire and diamond engagement ring, a blue ribbon was sewed inside her dress for ‘something blue’ while the bodice featured Carrickmacross artistry for ‘something old.’
Style Tip: Infuse details from different eras for an elaborative and sentimental touch. This dress is a beautiful example of how to accentuate your feminine features with a modest influence.
1. Grace Kelly:
Certainly, Grace Kelly’s custom-made dress tops our list of royal wedding gowns. Designed by MGM studio costume designer, Helen Rose, this dress was a gift from the studio to Kelly. This exceptional dress took three dozen seamstresses six weeks to complete the gown. This iconic wedding gown featured a 125-years old Valenciennes rose-point lace with thousands of seed pearls to accentuate the patterns, 98 yards of tulle, silk taffeta and bows fastened all the way down her train. The former Hollywood star went against the customary royal tiaras in favor of a Shakespearean Juliet cap decorated with orange flowers and a remarkably feminine circular veil.
It’s a sheer look with lace motifs only at the edge, but she surely showed the world a glimpse of her exceptional beauty and grace. With its unique detailing of high collar and small buttons, this dress was a modest choice for a traditional Catholic ceremony.
Style Tip: For a look such as Princess Grace, focus on small details and embellishments like buttons, bows and a central headpiece. Avoid excessive detailing because although it’s your wedding and you are the center of attention, you want to become the focus, not your dress.
Which royalty bride(s) inspired you most? Tell us how you would incorporate royalty into your bridal look. We’d be honored and pleased to know your ideas.