In case you missed it, I'm a bit obsessed with European royalty. Ever since I started doing bridal work, I've been trying to narrow down my top ten or even top twenty royal wedding gowns for a blog post. But it's hard. I'd much rather share ALL the royal wedding gowns I can find. So that's what I'm going to do - round up all the royal weddings I've seen and loved, decade by decade. We're only halfway through this current decade, but there have already been SO MANY great weddings.
Who: Prince Félix of Luxembourg and Claire Lademacher
When: 21 September 2013
She wore: An Elie Saab gown covered in lace, beading and embroidery, and a really pretty tiara.
I thought: It was perfect. I love the texture on the dress.
Who: Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este and Elisabetta (Lili) Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein
When: 5 July 2014
She wore: A dotty spotty tulle creation with lace and leaf motifs, and a matching veil.
I thought: Who are these people? Don't care. Yay! Spots!
Who: Princess Maria Theresia of Thurn and Taxis & Hugo Wilson
When: 13 September 2014
She wore: A dramatic Vivienne Westwood dress covered in giant rosebuds
I thought: ...Well, at least she tried something new.
Who: Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo
When: February 1 2014 (religious wedding - they had a civil ceremony in 2013).
She wore: From what we can tell, a Valentino gown, a white fur-trimmed cape, a diamond fringe tiara and amazing princess hair
I thought: I NEED to see more of this wedding. It looks like the ultimate magical fairytale Disney Princess winter wonderland wedding. Did I mention that it was snowing the whole time?!
Who: Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill
When: June 8 2013
She wore: A lace Valentino dress with short sleeves and ruffled hem. Her favourite diamond tiara with little white flowers tucked into it.
I thought: The whole thing looked so lovely and summer-y. I would've left the ruffle off, but then again I'm not a princess. She is, so it's all fine.
Who: Prince Jaime Bernardo of Bourbon-Parma, Count of Bardi and Viktória Cservenyák
When: October 5 2013
She wore: An empire waisted, three quarter sleeved Claes Iversen dress with a wide neckline and textured embellishment at the hem. Spotty veil (yay!) and teeny tiny tiara (boo).
I thought: This picture was my favourite because they look so happy, the yellow accents look great and it crops out the weird stuff going on at the bottom of the dress.
When: October 20 2012
She wore: An Elie Saab gown covered in lace, beading and embroidery... sound familiar? Her sister-in-law Claire wore an almost identical dress for her wedding to Prince Felix a year later (photo at top of this post). Well, when you're onto a good thing...
I thought: Claire's tiara was better, but I like Stephanie's dress more with the belt and shorter sleeves.
Who: Archduke Christoph of Austria and Adélaïde Drape-Frisch
When: December 29, 2012
She wore: A Diane Lelys gown and matching jacket with fur trim.
I thought: She looks so warm and cosy! The veil is too white for the dress but she seems like a practical kind of girl who doesn't have time to worry about matching shades of ivory or being cold on her December wedding day.
Who: Princess Felipa of Bavaria and Christian Dienst
When: May 12 2012
She wore: A strapless satin dress with a long sleeved lace overlay that split from the waist. Plus her weird pointy family tiara.
I thought: I can't think of anything interesting to say about this dress. Don't love it, don't hate it. But that Christian looks pretty pleased with himself, doesn't he?
Who: Princess Carolina, Marchioness of Sala and Albert Alphons Ludgerus Brenninkmeijer
When: June 16 2012
She wore: dress with short sleeved lace bodice and satin skirt with split overskirt. Pretty laurel wreath-style tiara.
I thought: This is a similar idea to Princess Felipa's dress above, but with much better execution. I love everything about the sleeves and bodice.
When: July 2, 2011
She wore: An Armani dress with a wide shawl collar and beading down the front.
I thought: This dress suited her so well. From what we've seen of her as a Princess so far, she seems like a pretty down to earth kind of person who isn't really into the diamonds-and-ballgowns side of royal life. There was a lot of talk at the time about her looking miserable on the day, but it seems to me like this was far from the low-key wedding she probably would've had if she wasn't marrying the Prince of Monaco.
Who: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton
When: April 29, 2011
She wore: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, lace sleeves, big skirt... you know this one. Cartier scroll tiara.
I thought: Yay! She got it right! This was so beautifully made. Those lace sleeves fitted so perfectly around the shoulders yet still allowed her full freedom of movement... I think this can only be achieved by magic.
Who: Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall
When: July 30 2011
She wore: A Stewart Parvin dress with tulle cap sleeves and pleated skirt, with her mother the Princess Royal's Meander Tiara.
I thought: They were smart planning their wedding so close to William and Catherine's, meaning they could plan their wedding in peace while the world focused on a different Royal Wedding. Unfortunately this does make comparisons inevitable and after the triumph of Kate's dress, this was... not as exciting.
When: August 27 2011
She wore: A layered asymmetrical dress by Wolfgang Joop, with a sporty sheer jacket and flowery tiara.
I thought: Pretty tiara! I like the dress and the jacket, but maybe not together. Also, I can't work out if these two are related or not. German Aristocracy is confusing.
Who: Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Alexander Johannsmann
When: June 18 2011
She wore: An ivory satin gown by Danish designer Henrik Hviid with repeating flower motif. She also wore the traditional Danish Royal family antique lace veil and the Cartier Khedive-of-Egypt tiara.
I thought: It was very 60s/70s... I like the flowers down the front of the skirt.
Who: Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark and Tatiana Blatnik
When: August 25, 2010
She wore: A strapless lace Angel Sanchez gown with a long lace veil and lace jacket.
I thought: That's a lot of lace. Pretty, though.
Who: Prince Carlos, Duke of Parma and Annemarie Gualthérie van Weeze
When: November 20, 2010
She wore: An empire waisted, long sleeved, mermaid skirted disaster of a dress by Jacques Devos and Pamela Hoffman with a big lace veil and a Dutch royal family tiara.
I thought: The dress didn't work at all. And I hate that pointy tiara. She should've just wrapped that lovely veil around her and called it a dress.
Who: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland and Daniel Westling
When: June 19 2010
She wore: A duchess satin dress by Swedish designer Pär Engsheden. It had an off-the shoulder shawl collar and wide waistband. She accessorised this with the traditional family wedding tiara, the traditional family veil, and a sword-weilding guard of honour, because she is awesome at Princessing.
I thought: If I'm being objective, I don't love the wide waistband and the cameo tiara looks like a crown a kid would make out of cardboard and stuck-on beads at preschool. But I can't be objective because it's Victoria and she can do no wrong.
I hereby crown you world's cutest royal couple.