If you’re getting married this year, all the attention heaped upon Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might seem overwhelming. The most personal, intimate day of your lives, yet open to so much expectation and scrutiny; few of us would relish it.
Whether you’re camping outdoors in a Union Jack onesie or firmly muting the #RoyalWedding hashtag, one thing’s for sure: this is one wedding you can’t help hearing about.
Despite being tied to tradtion, royals of the past have found subtle, simple ways to make the day their own. Read on for some right royal inspiration.
Flowers with meaning
Queen Victoria skipped the traditional tiara in favour of something much more personal: a coronet of orange blossom flowers.
Orange blossom is said to symbolise chastity, purity and loveliness. But they were clearly something of a personal favourite, and perhaps held special symbolism for the couple: Prince Albert gave her a series of matching jewellery pieces over the years, all with an orange blossom design.
For your big day, why not incorporate the same personal touch?
If you adore sunflowers, bring bright sunshiney yellow into your dress, or create a bold buttonhole. If you don’t have a personal connection to any particular flower, use traditional flower symbolism to bring subtle meaning to decorations and bouquets. Ivy symbolises lasting friendship and continuity, while peonies are said to symbolise a happy marriage.
Wedding rings for many British royals were all made from the same nugget of gold, mined in Clogau St David’s at Bontddu. Now depleted, more recent marriages have been celebrated with rings from a new donation of Welsh gold, given to the Queen by the Royal British Legion.
Granted, you’re unlikely to have a family gold nugget to create your rings from. But Clogau gold rings remain a beautiful and affordable option available to all.
Already set on your rings? Weave some Welsh gold magic into other elements, through cufflinks, pendants and bangles.
Colourise your wedding album
The most iconic images of modern royal weddings are always the happy couple’s appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, waving to the crowds after the ceremony.
Before our media-hungry age, the wedding of King Edward VII to Queen Alexandra was celebrated and commemorated with publicly-available postcards, using monochrome official photography. These collectables were often colourised to lend realism – although the effect, of course, remains pleasingly unlike a photograph of today.
Give your wedding photographs the same treatment, and create an album of memories that are truly unique. Just as most wedding photographers are able to provide a Photoshop service to clean up any blemishes, ask yours if they offer colourisation of a handful of black and white shots. Alternatively, for a free option, run your images through the Algorithmia app. When printed, the results will make perfect thank you postcards for your guests.