I know, I know… the Royal Wedding has come and gone. Many of us, myself included, were up early with eyes glued to the screen. It was our moment as women, to live out the little girl dream of a princess marrying her Prince Charming, who was in actuality, a real life royal!
I have yet to plan my wedding, but having planned events, I appreciate the logistics that go into a 500 person event. I can’t fathom the details of a 1900 guest wedding! Let’s take a look at some of the lesser known, behind the scenes pieces that went into making April 29, 2011 a day to remember for 8 billion people.
- Kate opted out of riding in the carriage to the wedding, as both Diana Spencer and Sarah Ferguson did for their nuptuals, and decided to go with a car. Why? She and William wanted to downplay the “Fairy Tale-ness” of the wedding, and felt the automobile was a better option.
- The Middleton’s offered to help pay for the wedding. No word on whether the Royal Family took the up on their offer.
- The Royal Family always sit on the right side of the Abbey (as you are facing the alter). This is a constant, and is not dependent on whether it is the bride or groom who is Royalty. The Middleton family was seated on the left side. For Diana’s wedding, Earl Spencer was given 30 invitations. I wonder if the Middleton’s were allotted a larger number of invites?
- There is a man who stands in the back of the Abbey, known as the “brusher-down.” His job is to ensure no one enters covered in dog hair (as Prince Andrew did for Prince Charles wedding) and to attend to any articles of clothing that do not pass his judgement. He is not there as Fashion police, but is there to ensure everyone is looking as crisp and clean as possible.
- Two registers must be signed – the “regular” and the Royal. The Queen must approve of the marriage, and after a meeting of council, she will sign off.
- The Today Show reporters had to know information and familiarize themselves with facts that were given to them in a binder. The binder was 4 inches thick and full of Royal knowledge and a “Who’s who” of British society. 4 inches!