Royal wedding bells are ringing! Okay, so technically royalty-related bells are ringing, but screw technicalities—we're no less excited! We're in the final countdown until the Duchess of Cambridge's sister, Pippa Middleton, ties the knot with hedge fund manager James Matthews on May 20, 2017 at St. Mark's Englefield church in Berkshire, England, followed by a reception at the Middleton estate. Although Pippa doesn't possess a monarchy title like her big sis, with all the pomp and circumstance surrounding her big day, we're expecting nothing short of a royal wedding extravaganza from this socialite—and thus, plenty of gorgeous inspo!
Ever since Grace Kelly grandly wed Monaco's Prince Rainier III in 1956, the weddings of princess brides everywhere have been heavily influenced by the world's IRL princesses. When Princess Diana married Prince Charles in 1981, her voluminous ivory silk taffeta-and-antique-lace ball gown and cascading bouquet became major wedding trends. And over three decades later, brides-to-be were copycatting the Duchess of Cambridge's now-iconic Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress.
Yes, the British elite have influenced the wedding world throughout the years—and we ain't complain'! Now, with Pippa's wedding right around the corner, us normies are aching to inject some princess-worthy big day details straight from the socialite's soirée into our own nuptials.
We've tapped Scotland's leading wedding planner Katie Balmer, who orchestrates weddings at the Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel in Edinburgh, to share her royal tips on throwing a kinda royal wedding—just like Pippa's!
From what we can expect to see on Middleton's big day to royalty-worthy wedding décor, dress trends, and wedding etiquette, read on!