8 Royal Wedding Day Style Ideas
From a smart formal dress code to a grand venue, give your guests the royal treatment with these top tips...
British Royal weddings are the ultimate trendsetter for wedding day style ideas. From dresses and hats to flowers and stationery, steal some tips from the most iconic days in the wedding season. With a rich contrast between extravagance and understated simplicity, inspiration from the Royal family will ensure your day has an elegant and timeless touch that’s fit for a queen.
British Royal brides since Queen Victoria have carried myrtle flower arrangements in their bridal bouquets to represent the bride’s love and beauty. In more recent Royal weddings, the bride has held a whimsical bouquet filled with white blooms to symbolise purity and elegance. Find inspiration from this trend by including flowers such as lily of the valley, freesias and sweet peas.
Jewel in the Crown
Your wedding day is one of the only days when you can get away with wearing a regal tiara so make the most of the opportunity to don a glistening headpiece like a royal bride. Usually passed down from past generations and family, tiaras worn at royal weddings truly complete the princess look. You can modernise the style with a classical hair comb or headband for a more on-trend look.
Royal weddings always attract a lot of interest, and when it comes to trains it’s the bigger the better. Royal trains usually feature fabric cascading down the aisle in floods of lace and satin, so why not adopt this extravagant style to emulate the fairytale feeling. For practicality, the modern bride can also consider bustling up the train or opting for a detachable train for ease of movement.
A Slice of Royalty
Showing their flair for understated elegance, British Royal wedding cakes usually contrast size with fine details. Many couples look to the Royals for wedding day style ideas, from ornate white frosted cakes with floral embellishments to towering tiers (Will and Kate had eight!) You could also follow in the footsteps of Harry and Meghan, with alternative flavours like lemon and elderflower.
By Royal Invitation
Opting for classic types of wedding stationery to complement their elegant styling, the Royals keep their invites simple with crisp white linen and black print lettering. Despite what you might think, royal inspired invites should be free from decoration and fuss. Instead, they are often pared back to let the words do the talking. You can always add a flash of gold for an added regal touch.
King of the Castle
The venue is a key part of any wedding and the Royal family always opts for British locations brimming with history and traditional charm. Think high ceilings, stained glass windows, chandeliers and banqueting tables for that regal atmosphere. Explore our Grand Venues post for all the castle, manor and country house inspiration you could need for a Royal wedding aesthetic.
A Royal Wedding is the perfect opportunity to get dressed up to the nines so make sure your guests know what to wear with a smart formal dress code. Ask the ladies to go all out with hats and day dresses for the ceremony (Royal weddings have certainly produced some iconic fascinators over the years!) The men can don their finest hat and tails in morning coats and polished black shoes, or even a uniform if they’ve served in the military like the Royal princes.
Follow in the footsteps of both Kate and Meghan by having a change of dress for the evening celebrations into something relaxed yet sophisticated. Get inspiration from Meghan who changed into a chic white halter neck dress with an open back or Kate who changed into a strapless satin gown with diamanté detailing and a faux fur bolero. Keep it simple and comfortable to give you the freedom to dance and celebrate with your loved ones.
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