Friday, 15 May 2009

The Legendary Style of Grace Kelly's Wedding

If you are looking for inspiration for your wedding, nothing
could be better than the fabulous nuptials of international
style icon Grace Kelly. Her 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier of
Monaco was watched by thirty million viewers on television, all
eager to see the exquisite couture gown that Miss Kelly would
wear down the aisle. They were not disappointed – the long
sleeved lace gown made fashion and wedding history as one of the
most elegant bridal gowns of all time. It became an instant
classic.

Princess Grace's gown was a gift from MGM Studios. It consisted
of 25 yards of silk taffeta and 100 yards of silk net, peau de
soie, tulle, and 125 year old Belgian rose point lace. She wore
a Juliet cap embellished with seed pearls and orange blossoms,
and was the picture of poise and, yes, grace. It took 36
seamstresses to create Grace Kelly's incredible bridal gown.
With its' fitted bodice and full skirt, the gown was au courant
in 1956, and remains the pinnacle of timeless good taste today.

Many brides adore Grace Kelly's divine style, and would love to
add a sprinkle of her graciousness to their own wedding. Even if
you are not able to afford a couture gown, and your fiance is a
prince only in your eyes, there are ways to indulge your royal
wedding fantasies without a royal wedding budget. Simply let the
principles of elegance, timeless beauty, and high fashion guide
you as you plan your wedding.

Because Grace Kelly was known above all for her cool beauty and
impeccable taste, the bridal ensemble will be very important to
a bride trying to emulate her style. Look for a wedding gown
with classic lines. To reassure the people of Monaco that she
would be a proper princess, not a flashy Hollywood actress, Miss
Kelly chose to wear a gown with very demure styling. Today's
brides may prefer a more open neckline, but for a cool weather
wedding, lace long sleeves like the princess wore would be truly
lovely. Alternatively, you could choose a strapless gown and
wear a fitted lace jacket or shrug over it for the ceremony.
This would be especially nice if your ceremony will be held in a
house of worship, to show respect for religious customs. There
is something refreshing about showing less, rather than more,
skin.

Brides have always loved pearls, and Grace Kelly was no
exception. Her bridal ensemble was decorated with hundreds of
handsewn seed pearls. In addition, Prince Rainier presented her
with a spectacular diamond and pearl bridal jewelry set from Van
Cleef & Arpel as a wedding gift. To achieve similar elegance on
a more affordable scale, choose handcrafted pearl bridal jewelry
accented with Swarovski crystals. Select classic pieces such as
pearl and crystal drop earrings and strands for timeless beauty.


For d├ęcor, take your inspiration from the Princess's garden.
Miss Kelly's wedding flowers included white lilacs, hydrangea,
lilies, and snapdragons. In addition, orange blossoms adorned
her headpiece. This choice may have sent a message, as orange
blossoms symbolize fertility and purity. It was a well known
fact that Prince Rainier needed to produce an heir to the throne
in order to ensure Monaco's independence from France. Apparently
the orange blossoms worked, because Princess Caroline was born
nine months after the wedding!

The divine elegance and breathtaking beauty of Princess Grace
helped to put Monaco on the map. Even years after her death, she
remains one of our top style icons of all time. Grace Kelly's
wedding reflected her exquisite taste, and she serves as a
wonderful inspiration for brides everywhere.


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