What’s your royal wedding style? Are you a Kate and William or Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier? As long as there have been monarchies there have been fairytale weddings on a grand scale. If you are captivated by court-worthy celebrations, you may find inspiration for your upcoming fete among these most memorable royal weddings.
Princess Grace and Prince Rainier, April 1956
Considered by many the most famous royal wedding in modern history, the marriage of American actress Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier is an icon among even the best wedding planners in the world. Kelly’s elaborate, high-necked bodice, long sleeves and full skirt is a popular request of seamstresses, even today.
Everything about Princess Grace and Prince Rainier’s wedding was top notch. To achieve their level of luxury, you will need to serve your guests only the best, as in caviar and champagne. Our royal event planner tips include planning multiple wardrobe changes throughout the festivities, and creating a memorable finish, like cutting into your own highly ornate, tiered wedding cake (however live doves escaping as you cut into it are optional).
Princess Noor and Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, August 2003
Among Arab royal weddings, one of the most internationally memorable was the wedding of (then) Princess Noor to Prince Hamzah bin Hussein. While the ceremony was a very intimate and traditional Muslim event, the 500-guest reception that followed was a lavish affair. Contemporary couples might consider emulating the couple’s grand departure from the ceremony in a stylish Rolls Royce or their 7-tiered wedding fruitcake, which the prince cut with his sword.
Kate Middleton and Prince William, April 2011
British super couple Kate Middleton and Prince William’s royal wedding embodied the contemporary intersection of tradition and personalization. Middleton’s style was natural, yet polished as she let her inner beauty shine. Her simple gown featured sleeves of lace and she carried a very sweet, basic bouquet.
Middleton’s fans loved her decision to include only her sister, along with numerous children, in her bridal party. Over time we have seen that people are far more comfortable following her lead and limiting their attendants to only their closest friends and family. A regal departure in a horse drawn carriage was the newlyweds’ escape of choice and is a popular option available to many couples today.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, May 2018
Among the most recent royal weddings, the marriage of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry is most notable. The multicultural luxury wedding events departed from tradition in many ways, but still maintained a thoroughly royal air.
Like Kate before her, Markle opted for simple elegance, wearing a high-necked, unembellished white gown with long sleeves and a simple tiara, the accessory of choice for nearly all royal weddings. While you may not have access to a tiara once worn by Queen Mary, you can get Markle’s look at most bridal fashion boutiques.
The couple selected St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for their ceremony, but invited Meghan’s family Episcopal bishop from Chicago to officiate with the chapel’s clergy. While most of the music during the ceremony was from the hymnal, a gospel choir appeared to sing the contemporary, “Stand by Me.” Blending details from both of your personal backgrounds is a great way to personalize your luxury wedding.
Charlotte Casiraghi (Granddaughter of Princess Grace) and Dimitri Rassam, June 2019
The most recent royal wedding started with a civil ceremony at one of the most exclusive wedding venues in Europe, the Prince’s Palace in Monaco. Charlotte Casiraghi, daughter of Princess Caroline and Granddaughter of Princess Grace, wed film producer Dimitri Rassam wearing her grandmother’s Cartier diamond necklace.
Casiraghi and Rassam’s religious wedding was held at the Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Pierredon in the South of France with a party that followed at the Villa La Vigie. Throughout their events, the bride and groom reached back into history to find connection with those that came before them, a trend towards personalization that every couple can embrace.
Royal weddings are the stuff of dreams for most of us, but a royal-worthy wedding can easily be yours. Simply entrust your own hopes to the best wedding planner in the world, and perhaps the next royal wedding will look to you for inspiration!