Royal weddings remain an immense inspiration source. They provide memorable moments in wedding fashion history. One of the most anticipated highlights of royal weddings is of course, the bride. Royal brides are fashion icons with enchantingly beautiful bridal gowns and exclusively unmatched gemstone jewelry. From simple to extravagant, vintage to retro, royal wedding gowns are true inspirations for brides-to-be.
If you wish to look like a princess or a queen, our selection of royal wedding dresses serve as perfect role models. Each of the following gowns is iconic and eternally remembered for their refined and meticulous detailing. Although, fashion has evolved and transformed over decades, classic royal gowns are forever. However, when you choose a royal look for yourself, do not follow down to a tee. Consider your unique body contour, style and personality. Here are a few famous gowns and style tips from our experts: .
10. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden:
Princess Victoria’s off-the-shoulder ivory gown was plain and simple, yet highly elegant and fitting. Created by Swedish designer Par Engsheden, this duchess satin bridal dress included a turned out collar, a V-shaped back and a 16 1/2-foot train attached at the waist. Our royal bride accessorized her dress with silk satin pumps with rhinestone buckles and her mother’s Swedish cameo tiara, which Queen Silvia wore at her own wedding in 1976. Princess Victoria’s vintage lace veil was also passed down from her mother, continuing a tradition, from generation to generation.
Style Tip: Include vintage accessories to your bridal look for a classic appeal. Borrowing an accessory from your mother (or grandmother) will give a sentimental value to your ensemble.
9. Princess Maxima:
Princess Maxima’s classic bridal look enchanted many future brides. She included 3/4 sleeves in her Valentino ivory gown, 16-foot long train and veil with her magnificent and historical jewelry. Her royal wedding number was made with silk mikada, a heavier silk, and modest high cowl neck and flared skirt. Princess Maxima’s train and veil had finely embroidered flowers, creating a fabulous look. The royal bride jewels included a vintage tiara. Her tiara consisted of a base, previously worn by Queen Emma. Whereas, stars adorned at top were taken from Queen Wilhelmina’s tiara. Her tiara surely had the best of both worlds.
Style Tip: Mix and match your accessories for one-of-a-kind bridal design. You can include vintage or heirloom pieces with modern accessories to create a personalized look for your special day.
8. Princess Margaret, the Princess Royal:
For her marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones, Princess Royal opted for a rather simple, yet elegant gown. She didn’t prefer a lavish dress due to her petite frame, so Princess Margaret chose a white silk organza gown, designed by fashion mastermind Norman Hartnell. Her lovely gown was fitted at bodice and fanned at skirt, and it had very little beading and embellishments for a less extravagant look. Her wedding tiara, which previously belonged to Lady Poltimore, was especially bought for her at an auction.
Style Tip: Minimal is more, especially if you have a petite frame. Instead of too much detailing and embellishments, keep your dress simple. Many times, we find simple is the best option.
7. Princess Anne:
Princess Anne was the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II. Her November 14, 1973 wedding at Westminster Abbey was highly televised. Her gown was a “wow factor” to say the least. Quite stunning, her dress was smooth, silky silhouette, trumpet sleeves and high collar. Although, a modest dress with not much detailing, it was a well-tailored piece with a long, silk train embellished by pearl and silk outlined flowers. This royal princess opted for an heirloom tiara and a simpler veil.
Style Tip: A modest dress can transform remarkably if tailored right. Keep it simple and show off just one of your features (I.e. Waist, legs, arms and collarbone) for a demure look.
6. Lady Diana Spencer:
One of the most extravagant royal weddings of all time showcased one of the most iconic bridal gowns. Diana Spencer married Prince Charles at St. Paul’s Cathedral Church (located in London) on July 29, 1981. Everything about this marriage was praised and echoed worldwide. What we are most interested in finding out is Lady Di’s ivory gown, which inspired generations of brides. Made from six sumptuous fabrics, including silk taffeta and tulle crinoline, her David and Elizabeth Emanuel creation was famously known for its 25-foot train. Interestingly, her train is the longest worn by a royal bride. Enormous Cinderella volume, romantic flounce collar and puffed sleeves were other special features of this British royal wedding dress. An 18-carat diamond and gold horseshoe was stitched into the back of the gown, while a tiny blue bow was sewed into her waistband.
Style Tip: Variety of fabrics creates a rich and unique gownoutlook. Finding one that compliments yourself and the season is an ideal scenario.
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