We were all wedding crashers at the royal wedding last Friday. Apparently, almost 23 million Americans tuned in to watch the wedding and that’s just Americans, not the rest of the world. No matter how hard they could have tried, Prince William and Catherine’s wedding wasn’t small or intimate.
I obviously enjoyed watching the wedding–it was a breath of fresh, joyful air amongst what seem to be such overwhelming and, at times, depressing headlines. But, I couldn’t help but think about what they would have done had they not had to abide by so many traditions.
William whispered a couple different things to her while they stood at the alter. The first was deciphered to be something like, ”You look lovely …(unclear)… You look beautiful.” The second was actually to both her and her father. Lip reader, Tina Lannin was quoted in an article from the Associated Press that he said, “We’re supposed to have just a small family affair.”
There’s been speculation that the dress that Kate’s sister, Pippa wore, was much like what she would have chosen for herself if she’d been able to have an outdoord wedding. There’s also been talk about how they transformed the room into a late night dance party, despite initially hearing no to their plans.
Would they have gotten married in a park? Or her hometown church? Or in the gardens of one of his family’s many homes? Would she have worn a more casual dress and he a simple suit? What would they have served for dinner and what would they have danced to?
I was impressed that even in the midst of a wedding under more pressure to follow protocol than any I’ve seen or been a part of, they found slight and subtle ways to make the day theirs. The trees lining the aisle, the fun vintage car ride, her tiara as a little something borrowed from the Queen, her earrings shaped in her family’s crest and so many other touches that they didn’t (or didn’t have to) share.
Of all the trends that the royal wedding will set, I hope that the “trend” of making weddings personal and reflective of the couple, their heritages, their beliefs, their passions and hobbies and their lives is one that’s here to stay. Because even if you have been dreaming about the day when you’d be a princess and get married to your prince, I’d bet that vision looks something different than Will and Kate’s day.