A touch of royal inspiration for your wedding dress

August 19, 2015

When it comes to wedding style inspiration, there are few icons that inspire as much as the royals. Maybe it's something about the stories we read as little girls, and childhood dreams of being a princess in a beautiful gown, marrying Prince Charming. 

Whatever the reason, there is something undeniably magical about a royal wedding, especially the moment that the world catches the first glimpse at the bride in her wedding dress, the details of which are sometimes top secret leading up to the big day.

If you've just started searching for your perfect gown and want something that is both elegant and sophisticated, look no further than these brides for some royal direction.

Princess Grace 

The American Princess of Monaco has gone down in the annals of style for her impeccable taste. Grace Kelly's wedding dress came to be thanks to film studio MGM, with whom she was still under contract at the time of her engagement. 

Costume designer Helen Rose was responsible for the ethereal masterpiece, making Princess Grace a vision in a lace bodice that nipped in at the waist before belling out in a full skirt.

Stay classy with minimal make up for your wedding day. Stay classy with minimal make up and a sheer veil like Princess Grace.

The dress was fairly modest, buttoning up to the neck with long lacy sleeves, but it only served to highlight Kelly's elegant stature in a timeless style.

You can channel the late Princess of Monaco's 1956 wedding style with a chic updo and full-length lace sleeves matched with a fitted bodice.

Duchess of Cambridge 

Who can forget the sheer frenzy surrounding Kate Middleton's marriage to Prince William in 2011?

The now-Duchess of Cambridge chose creative director of avant garde fashion house Alexander McQueen Sarah Burton to create the dress, which has been setting trends in the world of wedding dress design ever since. 

The whole look was bestowed with bespoke touches, such as hand-embroidered flowers on the veil, and a mix of hand-worked English and Chantilly lace on the skirt. Like Princess Grace, Kate opted for a dress that came in at the waist before flaring out with some subtle pleats.

In addition, her arms were covered with lace sleeves, but unlike Grace, Kate's lace bodice overlay came into a tasteful 'v', for a more modern take. 

For your own 'Princess Kate moment', wear your hair half swept back with the rest in loose curls. If you've spied a dress with the cut you want, you can even speak to our alterations experts to have sleeves added to your gown.