Royal Weddings Over Time

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Well it’s royal weddings week and at Polka Dot Bride we’re all pretty excited about our Friday night plans! What are you planning? If you’re planning to celebrate we’d love to see your “royal wedding parties” next week! (We still have plenty of non royal coverage in the afternoons to keep us sane!)

Let’s kick it off with a bit of nostalgia! I thought it would be nice to take a look back over some of the most memorable royal weddings of all time! Which are your favourites? What do you love?

Photo via The National

Oh classic weddings of yesteryear, Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married in 1923. It was the first royal wedding to be recorded on film and Queen Elizabeth’s stylish veil was so reminiscent of it’s time.

Image via Grace Kelly Online

Could there have been a more timeless royal wedding than that of Grace Kelly? Princess Grace of Monaco still looks as stylish and regal now as she did when she married Prince Rainier III in 1956.

Image from BBC

The royal weddings of the 1980s were filled with lots of fluff- big ballgowns, even bigger veils and cascading bouquets. Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson (Fergie) in 1986. Fergie’s train was over 17 feet long.

Image via AOL

I think the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1981 was one of the first royal weddings most of us can remember. Her dress, when I was younger was so beautiful to me and the romance of the day heavily influenced wedding trends for a long, long time.

Photo from The Sun

The wedding of Princess Sophie and Prince Edward in 1999 is one I really remember – I thought how graceful Sophie look and soaked in all the details. The wedding was lower key (they insisted guests didn’t wear hats) but still had all the tradition of a royal wedding.

Image from AOL

I remember staying up and watching Princess Mary wed Prince Frederick in 2004. it was such a modern fairytale – an Australian girl finding and marrying her true love – a prince from Denmark. I fell in love with Mary’s nod to Australia in her bouquet, her stunning Mantilla veil and even the calla sleeves on her gown.

Photo by MSN

Prince Felipe of Spain and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano held their Spanish wedding in 2004. She wore a beautiful natural silk gown and the couple exchanged coins as well as rings in a beautiful ceremony.

Image via Hello Magazine

I’m a bit of a sap when it comes to romance – Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria married her personal trainer Daniel in 2010 and after riding in the royal carriage as newlyweds, traveled down the river in the royal barge – the same one her parent’s used on their wedding day over 30 years ago.

Which was your favourite wedding?

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  • Dan O'Day says:
    April 26, 2011 at 10:37 am

    love this Ms Polka! thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • grace @ wedding favors says:
    April 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I’d say that of Princess Grace of Monaco. Her gown is timeless and is even being benchmarked on by many brides nowadays.

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  • Lib80 says:
    April 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    You can’t beat Princess Grace! Loves it. And they all (with the exception of Princess Victoria – who married her trainer, so was bucking tradition over all!) wore sleeves. Do we think Kate will have sleeves? I can’t wait!!!

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  • Melanie says:
    April 27, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Thank you so much for this post — I LOVED the walk down memory lane (and, well, before my own personal memory lane!).

    yourweddingwhisperer.com

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  • Michael and Anna Costa says:
    May 4, 2011 at 5:14 am

    They all gave us such inspiration!

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