Practical Wedding Tips for the New Bride from Kate Middleton
by Emily Charron

practical wedding tips
practical wedding tips

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Okay, so, Kate didn’t directly help assemble this article. She may or may not even know of its existence. Still, as the star of one of the biggest weddings of the century, she’s taught us a thing or two style, grace and a wedding fit for regality. And while most of us probably won’t have a wedding worthy of history books, Kate’s exquisite taste has lessons and practical wedding tips for us all on creating the wedding of our dreams. And perhaps Pinterest’s dreams, too.

Lesson #1: Break The Rules

Here’s a little fun fact: Royal wedding tradition doesn’t include having a best man and maid of honor. True story, friends. Instead they appoint people to be “supporters”. Prince William laughed in the face of royal danger and chose his brother as this best man, while Kate chose her sister as her maid of honor. Those crazy rebels.

Practical Wedding Tips
Practical Wedding Tips

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Another rule breaker? White. The color on a bride is expected, but prior to the royal wedding, on a bridesmaid was a bit shocking. It was one of those modern-day unspoken rules - no one should wear white besides the bride. The Dutchess of Cambridge took that notion and squashed it to the ground - Pippa, her maid of honor and sister, dropped jaws in her white Alexander McQueen gown. Now, when bridesmaids wear white, it will forever be associated with one of the most beautiful weddings in modern history. That’s how you bring sexy back, Justin.

Lesson #2: Tie In History and Tradition

While rule breaking is fun and all, there is a little romance in keeping with tradition and history where appropriate. There were a handful of them in the royal wedding (the exchanging of rings among them)  but one of my favorite historic tie-ins was the song Kate walked down the aisle to. “I Was Glad” was composed for the crowning of Prince William’s great-great-great grandfather and made it to Kate’s big moment. Le Sigh.

Practical Wedding Tips
Practical Wedding Tips

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While most of us don’t have composers in our family, we do have loved ones who walked down the aisle. Why not incorporate some their music into your ceremony?

Lesson #3: Who Says You Need Gifts?

When you are a Prince and Dutchess, somehow Crate and Barrell just doesn’t cut it. Srrrrsly. The royal duo opted to have donations in lieu of wedding gifts, and from that a charity was born. If you’re in the boat of “There’s really not much I need”, consider donations as an option. It’s a feel good all around. If this route is up your alley, there are some great websites out there to help facilitate charitable giving. Check out the “I Do Foundation” or “Just Give” for more information!

Lesson #4: Make It Photo-Worthy

We’ve all seen the photos. From entering into Westminster Abbey to the actual ceremony, many of us felt like we were right there saying the vows with William and Kate. (“I do, William. I do.” - Err did I just say that out loud?) The cool part about all this is that it’s documented for the couple to reflect back on too.

Practical Wedding Tips
Practical Wedding Tips

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While I’ve yet to be married (My day is coming June 7!) I’ve heard from countless people that the actual day is a total blur. Photography is one of the biggest ways to remember your day, so prioritize capturing the moment. And living in it, too.

Lesson #5: Look Like Yourself

Kate did her own makeup on the day of. Let me repeat and let that sink in for you. Kate did her own makeup on the day of. While I’m still perplexed on how someone can be so effortlessly beautiful, I’ve got to admire her stance on the matter. She reportedly did it because she wanted Prince William to recognize her as she walked down the aisle. It’s a great lesson for us all, really. Why look like anyone other than yourself one of the most important days of your life?

Practical Wedding Tips
Practical Wedding Tips

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Get rid of the ‘goo around your eyes and make sure you look like you on your day. Your groom would have it no other way. The biggest lesson of them all? It’s your wedding, regal or not, and on your day it should be exactly what you hope and dream for it to be. It’s easy to get caught up in what you should or should not be doing, traditions to adhere to, and being the perfect bride. Just remember what it’s all really about: love. The bride who keeps this in mind as the biggest factor throughout the planning process will have a fairy tale wedding no matter what. Indeed, one that all history books envy.

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About Emily: Emily lives, works and plays in the skyscrapers of Chicago. By day she’s a digital advertising professional and by night she blogs at Isn't That Charming, where she documents *Inspiration for a charmed life*. Follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!