Updated: May 22, 2018
This week end, the focus for most women of all generations, was The Royal Wedding! I, for one, have British heritage and I am a royal fan, who loves period dramas such as Downton Abbey, The Crown and most recently, Victoria. Today my news feed is populated with this extravagant occasion, including parties where ladies watched the Royal Wedding in their wedding dresses. Seeing these posts far beats the negative things that we are subject to on a daily basis!
I was invited to one of my favourite friends, for a ladies lunch at her beautiful apartment, and paired with our G&T's we were glued to the screen waiting for the magical appearance of The Dress, the soon to be Duchess of Sussex!! To digress slightly, I am also a fan of Suits, and since the engagement, I have not quite seen a distinction between her on the show and now in real life entering the royal household. I guess its because we are getting to know her and really look forward to watching her in time to come and seeing what emerges.
Lets get back to The Dress. Meghan, the new Duchess wore a fitted white gown - with a white veil and boat neck, created by British designer Clare Waight Keller, from the fashion house Givenchy. It was a very modern and minimalist look with classicial undertones, but for me, it lacked that wow factor that Kate had with her dress. It is rumoured that new Duchess's gown cost an astronomical £400k, which in rands, could mean a pretty grand house! To put the cost of Meghan's dress into perspective, Kate Middleton's iconic Alexander McQueen wedding dress cost £250k. Meghan's dress was rather plain, lacked detail and did not appear to fit just right in some places. I get that she wanted to make a mark, and this is an extension of herself, but felt that there could have been more of a wow factor to it. If you think of it, a wedding dress showcases an individuals personality, and this is too plain for an emerging princess.
Lets talk sustainable! The materials used to create the dress is a triple silk organza, which is an environmentally friendly material. Silk is a fiber that comes from nature. The most notable silk comes from the Bombyx mori, a mulberry silkworm found in China.
I really loved her delicate veil, which was five metres long and made from silk tulle, again, a sustainable material, with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads.
Her hair was styled in an elegant up do and she wore the glittering Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau tiara, loaned to her by the Queen, and reminiscent of Queen Victoria. The "something borrowed" warrants a green rating in my books!
Moving onto the second dress, Kensington Palace shared in a statement, "The Bride's evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe. The Bride is wearing shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue."
I am pleased to see that quality sustainable materials have been used throughout and the use of green elements. I much prefer the second dress, this shows off her personality and her stunning physique. She looks sassy, elegant and confident, and emerges a new woman!
The floral arrangements at the ceremony were put together by Phillipa Craddock and her team. They have used flowers and plants that are naturally blooming for the wedding, including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam. The arrangements featured white garden roses, foxgloves, and peonies as well. After the wedding, the flowers were reportedly shared with charitable organizations. Another green feature which gets a green stamp from me! Using local botanicals is eco conscious, reduces the carbon emissions when transporting these blooms and cuts down on costs.
Now we will never know the full cost of the wedding, and we have no inside view of the reception, so I have just focused on the dresses and the flowers at the ceremony, I am glad to see that there are some sustainable elements.
I wish Harry and Meghan a very blessed marriage, and may they make a positive mark on the world and uphold the late Princess's Diana's legacy, who I am sure, would have been very proud.