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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Swedish Crowned Princess Marries Her True Love

While we're on the subject of weddings, I felt that a recent wedding would be of some interest to all the princesses-in-their-hearts out there.

The public is often curious as to what a royal wedding looks like. The wedding of Princess Diana was a pretty big deal back in 1981 (something that people still talk about to this day).

The recent wedding between Sweden's crowned Princess Victoria and Mr. Daniel Westling is a modern day retelling of Aladdin...well, okay, not exactly like Aladdin. But it is the story about a Princess expected to marry a Prince, but falls in love with a commoner.

Victoria was not always intended to inherit the throne. In 1979, there as a change made to The Act of Succession of 1810, stating that the eldest child would inherit the throne without regard to sex. Victoria will, therefore, be the first female head of monarchy in Sweden.

Not everyone was happy with the change. And naturally, there were some that were unhappy with Victoria's choice in a partner. Not because of his politics, but because he was of common blood.

Luckily, love prevailed, and Victoria and Daniel were given marital blessing. After all, they had been together for a very long time, and they wanted to marry each other because they were in love.

But what are you really here for? You're probably wondering what a real-life contemporary Princess would wear.

Lovely, classic, and simple. Not really what I would have initially pictured, but the dress truly reflects the bride's style. And besides - who would want to detract from that amazing crown?

The crown is definitely "something old"...Queen Silvia wore it at her wedding, and reportedly the crown goes back to originally being a gift from Napoleon to his Josephine. I just love the cameo detailing on this. The lace veil truly completes the whole look.

So, ladies - if you want to feel like a Princess on your big day, take a cue from Crowned Princess Victoria. Not all of us can pull off (or feel comfortable) in a big, poofy Princess Diana or Cinderella getup, and that look does not always define "Princess"...what is important is that your dress reflects you, and that you feel beautiful on your big day.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings - An Honest Review...

I realize that it's been a while. For that, I apologize. Life got really hectic for me all at once...but now that summer is here, I have more time to indulge!

I love Disney. Disney has “set the standard” for the princess mindset. Disney is magical.
I also love weddings. My guilty pleasure is watching wedding shows on t.v. – from Say Yes to the Dress to Bridezillas, I eat it all up.

Naturally, I eventually became familiar with who David Tutera (celebrity event planner) and Kirstie Kelly (bridal fashion designer independently and for Disney) were.
So when I found out that they would be combining forces to create a book entitled Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, I was naturally ecstatic, and ordered it right away on Amazon.

I am sorry to say that the book disappointed me. Not in that I felt the weddings themselves looked bad – because they didn’t (although I must admit I’m not a huge fan of final two sets of linens) – but because the book explains that every wedding is supposed to connect to a specific Disney film, and I felt that the majority of the weddings barely connected to the films at all.

I know some people out there expected the book to be all about specifically on-site Disney property weddings, but I never built up this idea in my head. The inside flap of the book explained that not every girl can afford a wedding on Disney property, but that every girl still deserves a Disney-style wedding if they want one.

That seemed fair to me. Disney weddings are, after all, rather expensive, and especially in this current economy where most of us have to penny-pinch, scaling back is just something naturally accepted.

But the “Disney” part?

Okay, design-wise, it is all magically on-level with Disney. David even explains at the beginning of the book how his job and Disney’s mission are so similar.

But did I see all that many film tie-ins? I’m sorry to say no.

You can make film tie-ins without making it all tacky. Maybe Disney should have had a wedding give-away with the forced themes…find brides that actually wanted their wedding to remind you of Aladdin or Pocahontas.

Instead, you are informed of a usually faint tie-in at the beginning of each chapter, with a subsequent list of bullet points later on suggesting ways of adding specific elements (specifically related to that film) to add in your wedding…about all of which you do not see in the actual weddings portrayed. Some of the suggestions are better than others.

A lot of the book is focused on giving you basic pointers in how to create your own wedding. While helpful, I did not pick up this book to reading Weddings 101 – I wanted Disney.

I also felt a little bad for Kirstie Kelly. I felt like she had more to say and was not given much of a chance to say it. Of course, it did not help that not all of the brides in the book wore gowns from her Disney Bridal line.

I just really expected something different. And I wouldn’t have had those expectations if it were not for the way the book worded things.

Oh well.

If you are looking for some great styling tips for your wedding, and need some basic wedding information to work all of the kinks out, and just love gorgeous wedding photography, then this book is for you. But if you are looking for Disney…I would suggest re-watching whatever Disney film inspires you, and to take note of the different styles and motifs used in the film, and use those as inspiration for the choices you make when designing your Disney-themed wedding.