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Kate Middleton Inspired Wedding

We asked Melissa Haggerty from Spectacular Spectacular to describe how she came up with her Kate Middleton-inspired look for Steven and Chris. Here is what she said...

1. How did you get started with this theme?


Kate is a thoroughly modern girl, but one who happens to be marrying into one of the oldest, most historic families in the world. For that reason, we couldn't go all-out modern; instead we took classic and time-honoured traditions and gave them a contemporary and eclectic feel. Our entire theme is based on blending the old with the new...something I suspect Kate is going to have to do every day for the rest of her life!

2. Colour Scheme


One of the first places we started with this was the colour scheme. This is somewhere where Kate could be a trendsetter, as she will have something like a billion "invited" guests at her wedding, and it's always fun to do something unexpected and fun. The robin's egg blue was a cheeky wink at the Blue Bloods we're catering to and purple, of course is a most royal couple. Plus, as wedding planners, we see the same colours over and over again and wanted to show how two unconventional colours can play so beautifully off each other.

We also saw in photo after photo of Kate's fashion choices that she really favours the colour blue. All shades and hues!

I always tell brides to look at everything to get their colour inspiration; not just wedding mags. Decorating magazines are an amazing resource for colour combinations and ideas.

3. Flowers


As the Royal wedding is taking place in Spring, Lidia Tacconelli of FIORI really wanted to showcase all the seasonal purple flowers she could get her hands on. Specific blooms like tulips, anemones, muscari, ranunculus and sweet pea are readily available at this time of year. This is a great tip for brides to be: it's always best to try and choose flowers that are in season as it's much more cost-effective. While we live in a global world and can get virtually any flower at any time of the year, it can be ridiculously expensive to import non-seasonal flowers.

The centerpieces are a riot of purple, from deep plum to cheery lavender and and pop so beautifully off the robin's egg blue cloths. The flowers are all colour-blocked, which is another way to give arrangements a fresh, au-courant look.

4. Place Settings


Our head table has Kate and Will sitting on a sofa/settee with Prince Harry and her sister and Maid of Honour, Pippa on either side.  The idea is that the wedding party would continue on both sides of this table (that would be longer in real life), but again, while the settee is quite ancestral looking, putting this at the wedding/dining table gives it a much more contemporary spin.

The place settings are an eclectic mix of fine bone china with a modern, sparkly glass charger. While we used crystal wine goblets, you'll see that they're not a fussy or old-fashioned style. The clean, vertical lines help to give a classic vessel a much cleaner and modern feel. And we mixed them with a simple, very Calvin Klein-ish shaped champagne flute to hammer home our old-with-new mix of elements.
The table is set for the dessert course...

5. Special touches

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We've got some fun special touches. The menus are a play on the old scrolls read in Olde England, "Hear Ye, Hear Ye!" I took some wooden doweling, had it cut to size and then attached the menu to the top and bottom and glued blingy finds from a bead store on to the ends to go with our Royal Wedding theme. The ones in front of Kate and Will actually have little crowns on them! These could be modified for any wedding setting: a wedding in the country could have acorns on the sides, just as a seaside fete could have shells attached on the ends...

The dessert (individual wedding cakes) are presented under sugar domes; reminiscent of  the cloche that I imagine all dinners in palaces must come with! The effect of waiters putting down all the plates in front of the guests at the head table and then lifting all the domes simultaneously is always a crowd pleaser when it's done with military precision.

Favours (are not on the table, as they would not appear on the head ), are simple, origami-style cards, letting the guests know that instead of favours, a charitable donation was made to the Prince's Trust, a cause that Princes Charles, William and his brother Harry champion. I couldn't imagine Will and Kate giving out little truffles or the like -- this just seemed to ring more true with what they might do. I actually encourage my own clients to do this -- favours are invariably something that no one wants or needs, so I like to see the money that would be spent going to better use...

6. Cake


Le cake! Let's talk about the individual cakes first. Roxanne Wickware of RoxyCakes had the great idea to flip the traditional cake on it's head, so to speak. The cakes are actually sitting ON a bed of sugar flowers, which leaves the cake itself to be clean, unencumbered and thoroughly modern.

The larger cake was inspired by all the spring flowers that were used in the arrangements.


Melissa Haggerty

Lidia Tacconelli
FIORI Floral Design

Menus & Origami Favours (design & printing only -- assembly and accoutrements by SpectacularSpectacular):
Christine Flynn
Love the Design

Cakes & Sugar Domes (individual cakes and large cake):
Roxanne Wickware

Settee, Cake Table & Blue Resin Vases (in background, on island):
Contemporary Furniture Rentals

Crystal Wine & Water Glasses and Cake Base:
Chair-Man Mills

Glass Charger Plate, Cutlery and China:
Exclusive Affair Rentals

Tablecloth and Purple Linen Napkins:

Champagne Flute with silver rim:

ENTER NOW TO WIN all the prizes the brides in our audience took home.

Wedding show photography by Ryan Couldrey.


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