The Kate Effect

On April 29 2011, nearly 3 billion people tuned in to watch a girl from Bucklebury marry a prince born to Buckingham. But the question remained: Would a day full of British pomp and tradition change how Americans choose to wed? Here, we examine how the royal wedding is impacting our nation's nuptial script—and what it means for you.

The Aesthetic

"Thanks to Will and Kate, the classic traditional aesthetic is making a comeback this year—it's the new wave in wedding style," says Charleston, South Carolina, event designer Tara Guérard

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