This week marks the culmination of the preparations for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. In less than 24 hours, the anticipation that has been building since the announcement of their engagement will be rewarded with what will certainly be a milestone event that will influence weddings for years to come.
For the past several weeks, every media outlet has provided some sort of coverage of The Royal Wedding event. Reports range from facts to speculation and predictions. To say that this much-anticipated wedding has created a media frenzy would be an understatement. My office has been inundated with press releases, article submissions and everything imaginable and unimaginable that has some take, twist or twirl on The Royal Wedding. Even some of my editors couldn’t resist partaking in the predictions and suggestions.
In addition to the media coverage, there are a number of parties hosted to celebrate this wedding. It was at one such party last week, hosted at The Pierre (a Taj hotel) in New York by friend and lifestyle aficionado, Colin Cowie, where he predicted a return to Royal Elegance for weddings. I chatted with him about all that has been unfolding around The Royal Wedding.
“The world is fascinated by celebrity,” noted Colin, adding: “and there is no greater celebrity than her royal majesty the Queen and the royal family at large.” He conjured that Kate’s choices for her wedding gown, the flowers, the cake and every single other element of this event will have an enormous impact on the wedding industry. In a recent interview, David Reiss, of the Reiss fashion chain noted that after Kate appeared in that blue dress for the engagement announcement, they were selling about one dress every minute for the next two days. And that was only the engagement dress.
The marketing opportunities and the merchandising value of this event will continue to be enormous. But setting all that aside, this wedding shares a common thread with every other wedding. At its core, it is the manifestation of love between the couple and a celebration of that love. Prince William and Kate share the same excitement, enthusiasm, anticipation and exhilaration as any other couple getting married. Their wedding has certainly drawn more attention and the magnitude of its impact is substantially more significant, but fundamentally it remains a celebration of that ancient ritual of hope and promise bringing two people together for a lifetime of creating and sharing experiences and enriching each other through the power of love.
Each of us, for our own reasons, will watch or not watch The Royal Wedding unfold. However, everyone will relate to the feeling of love that made it possible. Personally, I wish the royal couple harmony and happiness in their journey through life. And in case you are wondering, rest assured, I’ll be up watching at 4 a.m. … with coffee in hand and possibly wearing a hat as a nod to the bride-to-be. — Grace Ormonde
Tiara: Cartier, Paris, 1905, platinum, seven pear-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 17 carats in total, old and rose-cut diamonds, millegrain setting. Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection, © Cartier 30/03/10