Monday, May 2, 2011

Another Blog Post About The Royal Wedding

You know you can’t get enough.

Grab your commemorative plates, gross traditional English wedding fruitcake, and feather-adorned hats, because it’s time to talk about WILL AND KATE!!
The day I’ve looked forward to for months was finally here on Friday. Prince William and Kate Middleton got married! They may officially be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but I’m still going to call her Princess Kate. With the exception of Grace Kelly and Princess Diana, has anyone been this perfect for the job?
In preparation for the big event, my best friend Maggie and I both took Friday off as a vacation day (she drove up all the way from NC). Thanks to a sweet Living Social deal, we pried ourselves out of bed at 4:30 and drove to Dupont Circle to celebrate in proper style at The Mansion on O Street (it’s pretty fab). As soon as I got there I regretted not planning a better outfit. I had put on the first pair of jeans and acceptable top I could find, while I was surrounded by girls in awesome hats and cute dresses. The ONLY time I will put comfort over fashion is 4:30 am.

Finally, at nearly 6:00, the world saw which dress Kate said yes to. I had my fingers crossed that it would be a tiny British designer that no one had ever heard of (whose career would then be launched in a Jason Wu/Michelle Obama way times a million). My second choice was Alexander McQueen, but I figured that was a long shot since McQueen tends to be pretty avant-garde and Kate’s style is more classic. Alas, Sarah Burton (for McQueen) came up with this AMAZING dress that will now cause me to go off on a tangent:

Women of America, THIS is how you should aspire to look on your wedding day. Not like a wedding-themed Bratz doll. If I see one more episode of Say Yes To The Dress about a Jersey girl with her heart set on a $15,000 Pnina Tornai with a bedazzled sheer corset and visible boning, I may scream. Your wedding dress shouldn’t look like the top half was purchased at Victoria’s Secret and the bottom was just fifty yards of tulle haphazardly attached. I hope we’ve all learned a valuable lesson from the Duchess. When the whole world is watching and the Queen of England is a few yards away, “classy” trumps “inappropriately racy” every time.
Here are a few examples, and further research on the subject:
Gross. But I digress.
I also breathed a sigh of relief when I saw her hair. Using the same stylist her family has gone to for nearly a decade, Kate opted for a simple half-up, half-down style. I know a lot of brides choose an updo, which is totally elegant, but Kate’s hair is so pretty! It would have been a shame not to show it off. Plus, her cheekbones could cut glass, so she would look great with any hairstyle.  
Of course, I realize that the wedding wasn’t all about fashion. William and Kate are adorable together. Unlike some royal couples of the past, they were friends first, dated for years, and both know what they’re getting themselves into. They are a relatively normal couple. Can you picture Diana and Charles shopping at Ikea together? Awkward. And while I picture Will and Kate as more of a Crate and Barrel kind of couple, it seems like they have fun together. If he would just cut his hair a bit shorter so his receeding hairline wasn’t SO obvious, they’d be perfect. (I know I wasn’t the only one thinking that during the ceremony. He’s still really good looking, but that hair is quite distracting.)
Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry - Royal Wedding: William and Kate with family
Kate and Will weren’t the only ones looking good on Friday. Prince Harry is officially England’s cutest ginger, and Pippa Middleton looked beyond classy wearing the same designer as her sister. That being said, what bride in her right mind would let Pippa wear a gorgeous white dress to her wedding? How was there no trace of sibling rivalry? Meanwhile, their brother James serves as proof that the Middletons have really good genes. In case you were wondering.
A few other highlights:
"We're just here to make everyone else look horrible in comparison."
The Queen wore yellow! She looked quite happy, which probably had a lot to do with her grandson getting married, but I have a theory that wearing bright yellow increases endorphins and makes you happy.
The cameras kept going back to Elton John throughout the service.  I couldn’t help but wonder how AWESOME it would be to sit right beside Elton during a wedding service. Listening to him singing along to the hymns would be great, but you’d also get to hear the snarky comments he makes about Chelsea Davies’ outfit.
Posh and Becks were there, too. Posh covered her preggo belly with a trapeze dress from her own line. As Joan Rivers pointed out, “She’s eating for one now.” She’s also wearing seven-inch Louboutins, so the next time I want to complain about walking around in four inch wedges, I’ll think of pregnant Victoria Beckham and hold my tongue.