I would like to go on the record as saying I do not like ticket touts - they ruin events and concerts all over the world for hard working fans. Having said that if anyone is touting a plus one for the royal wedding this weekend then I am your girl! I cannot be all humbug about this, I am a royalist and a wedding enthusiast so you have hit the sweet spot for me this weekend with a Royal Wedding - just gimme a shout and I will be ready at the drop of a pin with a Fascinator and an appropriate knee length, shoulders covered outfit!
Next best option for me is that I will be at work helping our own princesses find their special dress and that makes up for it! We are aiming to make it a little more special with some royal footage on our (allowed for one day by the TV license people) TV and maybe a little bit of sparkles and a cupcake or too so it's not all bad
A lot of people, my husband etc, are wondering what's the fuss all about and does anyone really care... Well in 2011 the wedding of Prince William and Kate attracted over 8500 journalists, was viewed more than 2 billion times by citizens of more than 180 countries. It was twitted / tweeted about more than 237 times a second in the run up to the ceremony and in the UK we bought more than 1000 miles of union jack bunting. I think we can safely say there were a few people enthused about it! Add to that the tourism it attracted and you can't argue it was good for the country - well you could argue with me but I warn you I'm a fingers in the ears and hum kind of girl when I don't hear what I like!
So with all that in mind what are we expecting this weekend?
First things first - anyone know about the dress??? The answer is that likely only a handful of people know and one of those MUST be the queen. How many brides have to put up with mother in law having a say let alone Granny in law as well - but apparently no royal OK from her Maj and no dress! I cannot for the life of me imagine Meghan has not been given a strict list of rules on top of Nan's approval about what she can and cannot wear. So with that in mind I don't think her first gown will knock our socks off in a crazy "wow I did not expect that" kind of way. According to Royal insiders there has to be lace on display somewhere, the shoulders must be at least partially covered and no cleavage to be allowed - we go for church cleavage not club cleavage in store but apparently no boobs at all is the rule of the day at Windsor.
All bets are off on the designers now - the early lead was Royal favourite British design house and Canadian design team Erdem but betting was suspended when British couturiers Ralph & Russo pulled into the lead. These guys are not scared of a little embellishment and seeing their collections they aren't afraid to show a little flesh with some illusion tulle options - so if I had to put my money where my mouth is I think I'm always going with a ball gown or fuller A line shape with an illusion tulle and floral 3D lace embroidered bodice - I'm going full coverage in the sense no V neck but I reckon we might get a little peak of flesh through some illusion tulle options and maybe a little off shoulder action (just a little more on shoulder than off).
For the evening number though, I do think she will stick with a full bridal gown in a stunning slinky number, with potentially that racer neck style and a stunning low back - who knows? Watching her on the red carpet its definitely a style she prefers! Good thing we don't have to wait much longer for the reveal!!!!
Dress code for the guests is also quite strict - no bulky bags, no cameras, surrender all mobile phones, no medals on display and my favourite no swords! Oh the joy it would have brought to me to add that bizarre twist to my wedding invite etiquette!
With 600 guests invited to the ceremony that's quite a lot of people to manage but I reckon the Lord Chamberlains office, the guys in charge of the ceremony organisation, will make sure everyone toes the line. Then back to Frogmore House for the couples closest 200 friends to enjoy an evening of fun and festivities. Who has 200 close friends?
I hope we get to see a little more of the evening frolics for this Royal Wedding but it's unlikely we will ever get the full picture of the intimate evening party - the time in which the couples real personalities shine through. But then maybe just this once they get a little privacy? I say this as I still hold out hope there will be some strange Royal Mail error and a random invite makes it my way - I don't need to bring the long suffering hubs, he's off to the FA Cup - I'll happily go stag?
Should I not get that invite, trust me I will be googling the life out of all possible images - I know its wrong but I can't help but smile at this gorgeous happy couple and hopefully hold out for a little girl of my own to thrust at a Prince in 30 years time - I should get an invite that way???