Thursday, October 21, 2010

Royal Weddings

Yesterday afternoon I was standing in the check out line at the grocery store. The woman in front of me had a massive load in her shopping cart and the only other register open had five customers before me. I stood patiently as I watched the teenage boy slide produce and canned goods across the electric scanner. I caught myself fidgeting and shifting my heavy basket from side to side as I kept an eye on the line next to me like hawk to see if I needed to switch. Unfortunately that line was trickling like a broken faucet so I began reading the only literature before my eyes, tabloids (blah).

Normally I can't stand such garbage. I think tabloids are one of those secret things people hate to love but can't get enough of. It's amazing how much the paparazzi makes by taking photographs of celebrities running errands, eating, or driving like us common folk. The thought of being a celebrity makes me shudder. I enjoy my privacy too much and I would be horrified at a blown up picture of my back side plastered across every newstand in America. Why on earth do they have to print such terrible pictures?

However, the paparazzi wouldn't have a lucrative business if our society wasn't so caught up (obsessed) with celebrities. What actually makes someone a celebrity? Obviously anything these days (rolling my eyes). Look at the kids on Jersey Shore. I refuse to watch such filth but I know who they are. Heck, even our politicians commented on them. Are you kidding?!! I'm told that the little one is called Snookie. I'll tell you I'm so over the reality television in America and I hardly consider Snookie anything of interest.

I had to smirk as I glanced over the headlines. Half of these people I have no clue who they are so if they are pregnant, getting divorced, or on a diet really doesn't amuse me much. However, I did come across a headline that did catch my interest. Could there be another Royal Wedding in the works? Prince William and his gal pal Kate Middleton?!! I can't believe Prince William is old enough to get married. It doesn't seem long ago he was just a boy. Looking at the snap shot he does look all grown up and a very dashing young man. And I do love Royal Weddings.

Here's a list of my favorites.....


(Grace Patricia Kelly November 12, 1929 ~ September 14, 1982)

The gorgeous and talented Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III on April 18 and 19, 1956. She had two ceremonies, one civil and the other religious. The 40-minute civil ceremony took place in the Palace Throne Room of Monaco on April 18, 1956. The next day the religious ceremony took place at Monaco's Saint Nicholas Cathedral.

Kelly's wedding dress, designed by MGM's Academy Award–winning Helen Rose, was worked on for six weeks by three dozen seamstresses. IT was the most expensive gown that Rose had ever created.

The wedding dress consisted of a rounded collar, full skirt of ivory peau de soie, and a fitted bodice made from Brussels lace embroidered with seed pearls. The lace was over a century old and had flower designs in it. 25 yards of silk taffeta and 100yards of silk net were used in the construction of the dress.

Under her wedding gown, Grace's petticoats had tiny blue satin bows.

Grace Kelly Wedding Doll

Grace Kelly on her Wedding Day

Princess Diana

(Diana Frances Spencer July 1, 1961 ~August 31, 1997)

Princess Diana married Prince Charles, Prince of Whales, on July 29, 1981. The ceremony was held at St. Paul's Cathedral.

She supported many British designers beginning with Elizabeth and David Emanuel who designed her much criticized puff ball meringue wedding dress in 1981. Her wedding dress was based on a romantic look of huge puffed sleeves with a full skirt of ivory silk pure taffeta, old lace and hand embroidery incorporating 10,000 pearls and sequins.

The gown had a twenty five foot train and when the princess Diana emerged from the carriage at the cathedral the world saw how creased the dress appeared. The creases soon dropped out, but the fabric and construction method used was criticized worldwide.

Princess Diana Wedding Day Doll

Princess Diana on her Wedding Day

Jackie Kennedy - Our American Princess

(Jacqueline Lee Bouvier July 28, 1949 ~May 19, 1994)

Jacqueline Bouvier married John F. Kennedy on September 12, 1953, at St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island.

Jacqueline Bouvier's ivory silk wedding gown required 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta and took more than two months to make. It was the creation of Ann Lowe, an African-American dress-maker born in Clayton, Alabama, who had designed gowns for the matrons of high society families including the du Pont, Lodge, and Auchincloss families. Ms. Lowe was 54 when she designed the Bouvier wedding dress which featured a portrait neckline and bouffant skirt decorated with interwoven bands of tucking and tiny wax flowers. She also designed the pink faille silk gowns and matching Tudor caps worn by the bridal attendants.

Jacqueline Kennedy Wedding Day doll

Jacqueline Kennedy on her Wedding Day

Her dress is housed in the Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts.

I wonder what Kate Middleton is going to wear on her big day?
Can't wait to see.........


Anonymous said...

Beautiful post!!!


Tamara Jansen said...

Oh, I am absolutley a Royal Wedding FANATIC! When I was a kid, my dad made a wedding cake for princess Diana that won 3rd place and almost got sent to ENGLAND!

And I just LOVE those magazines at the front cash register. Sorry. I have tried to quit. I'm addicted :)

GamecockQueen said...

I just love a big white fluffy wedding dress. I love how it looks like a big dessert or a cake. Love it!!

You should totally post one of your own wedding pics one day!!

I just love looking at wedding gowns...even though I don't see a wedding in my near future..not at all LOL.

Have a good weekend!! XOXO

Jill said...

OHHHH.... I can't wait for Prince William and Kate's wedding either! Do you remember, Princess Diana's wedding was on TV? I remember watching it on TV with my mom! I kinda doubt William and Kate will air their wedding but it would be fabulous!