Every bride should feel like royalty on her wedding day and while you may not be marrying an actual prince, here’s the Opus guide to marrying your prince charming like the princess you deserve to be.
What better way to announce your engagement to the world than with a professional photo shoot? Whilst your engagement may not gather the same level of attention as Harry and Meghan, an engagement shoot gives you the opportunity to work with your photographer and find your best angles before your wedding. Think of it as a trial run for the big day, after all pictures last a lifetime and who wants to end up with their groom smiling like Chandler Bing?
Buckingham Palace distributed a 22-page list of etiquette guidelines to all guests attending William and Kates wedding in 2011. Your family and friends probably won’t appreciate a list of do’s and don’ts but they will be grateful of information including running times, venue restrictions, nearby accommodation and taxi numbers. It may not stop your Great Aunt Mabel having one too many and falling in your cake before you’ve even cut it (true wedding day horror story) but it will be appreciated by your guests and make it a great day for all.
Cover your Shoulders
Royal etiquette deems that shoulders be covered for daytime weddings and while you may be happy to bare your shoulders, what happens if the dress you fall in love with leaves you a little bit more exposed than would like to be? Don’t panic and rule it out just yet! The Opus team are experts at customising dresses to create a bespoke bridal look. So whether its adding sleeves, changing a neckline or incorporating a modesty panel, your bridal consultant will be happy to advise how to make the dream dress The One.
In true princess style Kate Middleton had not one but TWO bridal gowns, changing from her traditional style Sarah Burton designed gown she wore for the wedding ceremony to a more relaxed but just as stunning gown by the same designer for the evening festivities. Whilst most wedding budgets don’t stretch to two dresses the Opus team are accessory queens and can transform your dress from day to night with jackets, belts and overskirts giving you two looks with one dress.
Kate Middleton Wedding bouquet
A Royal Bouquet
In 1840 Queen Victoria began a royal tradition of brides carrying a sprig of myrtle in their bouquet. Myrtle is an evergreen which symbolises love and immortality. Rumour has it that Queen Victoria had a myrtle shrub planted at her home following her wedding and that today the same shrub is used to provide the sprig of myrtle for royal bridal bouquets. While the royal myrtle shrub may not be available to you, and we most definitely do not advise attempting to ‘obtain’ some from it, your florist will be happy to incorporate some and create you a bridal bouquet worthy of a princess.