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 Tiara

The ultimate princess accessory is back, thanks to the new Duchess of Cambridge, who sported Queen Elizabeth's Cartier "Halo" tiara at her I do's. "Few people were wearing them, but now they've suddenly taken off," says headpiece designer Tia Mazza. Anticipating the post-wedding clamor for crowns, Lindsie Jones, owner of Haute Bride, created a successful new line of chic tiaras. "They've almost sold out," she says.

Rhinestone tiara with Swarovski crystals, $495, Haute Bride

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Photo: Diane Fields