As soon as Kate walked down the aisle in Westminster Abbey, brides-to-be everywhere began to rethink their wedding plans. Doesn't it seem so much more fabulous to have a cathedral ceremony concluded with a horse-drawn carriage ride instead of some little shindig under a tent? To the consternation of wedding planners everywhere, many brides have been amending their ceremonies to seem more "regal," according to the Times. Of course, plenty of these ladies are royal-wedding fanatics who are also probably going to force their bridesmaids to wear knockoff Pippa dresses, but some of them are normal gals who didn't even care that much about Kate and Will until they saw the ceremony.
“I really didn’t expect the royal wedding to influence me at all,” said Ms. [Ashley] Smith, 25, a publicist based in New York...“And,” Ms. Smith sighed, “I walked away questioning every decision I’d made.”
The church she’d booked in Tampa, Fla.? Canceled. Now, she’s going for the cathedral in St. Petersburg. The reception at the country club with the ski-lodge vibe? Ms. Smith, who has reason to be grateful for refundable deposits, spent last weekend looking at alternatives.
Some brides are attempting to replicate very specific (and expensive) details of Kate and Will's ceremony, such as the flowers and the music.
On April 29, the day of the wedding, JoAnn Gregoli, an owner of Elegant Occasions, a New York event-planning company, heard from three prospective brides who wanted trees at their ceremonies, too, while several others who had been planning for an organ now wanted multiple trumpets to blow a fanfare for their respective recessionals. There was also a request for a red runner to pave the way to the altar, “and someone asked me for a boys’ choir,” Ms. Gregoli said.
Meanwhile, others are reconsidering what formerly seemed to be hard and fast wedding etiquette, like having a wedding in the late afternoon so that all the guests can meander straight from the ceremony to the bar and then to dinner. Morning weddings are experiencing a sudden boom in popularity, apparently, and now it doesn't seem so rude to not invite your drunken, lecherous cousin to the open-bar reception:
[Wedding planner Marcy] Blum has a friend who’s getting married, she said. “And I told her, ‘You cannot, cannot invite people to the ceremony, and then not invite them to the reception.’ Then came word that of the 2,000 guests at Westminster, only 600 were asked to the lunch reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth, and only half that number to the celebratory dinner-dance hosted by the Prince of Wales. “And my friend e-mailed me to say ‘So, Marcy, you want to revisit this?’ ”