Royal Wedding: British brides ‘in fear’ over Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials

With the country gripped in Royal Wedding fever, many brides-to-be are filled with dread that their day in the spotlight could be overshadowed by the biggest British wedding in almost 30 years.
As most brides know, planning for the biggest day of your life is stressful enough without having to compete with a multimillion-pound event that will consume the public for months.
As speculation intensifies over when the Prince and his new fiancée will wed, a whole new batch of young women are ready to pitch a royal hissy fit.

And it’s not just ordinary commoners who could be upstaged. No matter what the date, William and Middleton’s wedding is likely to overshadow the July 2 and 3 nuptials of Prince Albert II of Monaco and his future wife Charlene Wittstock, the former Olympic swimmer.
“If their wedding was on my wedding day, I don’t know what I would do,” said Anna Whitcomb, 28, who was trying on wedding dresses at a central London department store.
“I know all my family members and guests would want to watch the celebration and would be distracted.
“I’m supposed to be the princess, and now I have a real princess to compete with.”
With Prince William and Kate Middleton widely expected to marry at Westminster Abbey in the spring or summer of next year, London brides have been sent into panic attacks at the prospect of transport nightmares, fully booked hotels and blanket security checks throughout the capital.
With venues, caterers and photographers are usually booked months, if not years, in advance, and couples must put down hefty deposits on everything, cancelling plans is proving difficult.
Brides with expensive tastes and elite social connections have further worries. Will their orders for hand-engraved invitations from royal stationers Smythson be delayed? Can they still get that £1,950 wedding cake from the queen’s grocery supplier Fortnum & Mason? Will the guest lists overlap?
Chelsea Slipko, also looking for a wedding gown at the store, told the Associated Press: “It’s like having your birthday on New Year’s or your anniversary on Valentine’s day. It’s not just your day anymore.”
In the online wedding community, a booming virtual sisterhood where future brides bond and share every detail from centrepieces to bridesmaids’ shoes, the question rages: Should you change your wedding date to avoid the royals _ or, in wedding parlance, become their “date twin?”
Kim Rix, a London wedding planner, urged brides to avoid the day purely for logistical reasons.
But Deborah Joseph, the editor of Brides magazine, suggested couples marrying next year take the royal wedding in stride, incorporating a Union Jack or royal theme “as a cheeky nod”.
There could be one small perk with such a clash.
When the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1997, they invited 50 couples who had been married on the same day to a special tea at Buckingham Palace.
So a royal garden party could await 50 years down the road — providing both marriages last the distance.


2 Responses so far »

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    Ammara said,

    awwww they had a tea party for those to were married on the same day thats sweet 🙂

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    Chu said,

    lol you had to stay married for 50 years though 😛 so all those couples who wanted to get divorced will just be like NO we will last another 30 years damnit! 😛

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