Bring on the Sentiment
More than $16 million will be spent, and some four billion people around the world will watch. Hereâs how the young couple will pull it off.
There will be one glaring absence on the big day: the mother of the groom, whom William has called âquite simply, the best mum in the world.â So it was fitting (and poignant) when Wills proposed to Kate with his momâs 18-carat sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring.
Keep the Plans a Secret
Everyone loves surprises, right? The Brits are mad for Kateâs fashion sense. So much so that the royal blue dress the five-foot-ten, size-two beauty wore to announce her engagementâmade by Issa, one of her favorite designersâsold out on net-a-porter.com within 24 hours. But the bride has kept mum about her wedding gown.
But Spill Some Details
Before the official press conference, Will and Kateâs engagement was announced online, followed by news that the happy couple would be married at Westminster Abbey by the archbishop of Canterbury and that the Queen would throw a traditional reception at Buckingham Palace. But that was enough tradition for the modern couple. The real party will be a private dinner and dance for close friends and family only.
Donât Look Greedy
Royal aides say the couple is asking that guests donate to charity in lieu of sending presents because those bestowed on royals in the past can be, well, a bit impractical. When the Queen Mum and George VI were married in 1923, they were given 1,000 gold-eyed needles.
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Arrive (Or at Least Depart) in Style
Kate has said sheâd prefer to make her way to the ceremony by car rather than in the traditional, Cinderellaesque âglass coach,â though she will depart by carriage. One possible reason besides thrift? Sheâs allergic to horses.
Do a Few Dry Runs First
Two rehearsal carriage rides will take place before the big day, the first for pacing and the secondâin the dead of nightâwith the actual royal carriages carrying people of exactly the same weight as the wedding party. Then coachmen will adjust the springs so that the carriage âdoesnât sway too much and make the passengers sick,â says a former driver.
Keep Security Tight
All trash bins along the route will be sealed ahead of time to prevent anyone from hiding a bomb inside them. On the wedding day itself, all rooftops will be covered by police to foil potential snipers. Kate will be followed âfrom the moment she gets up in the morning,â says Alex Bomberg, a former royal aide. While the royal family will pay for the wedding itself, the security, paid for by the public, is estimated to cost at least $8 million.
Donât Forget Souvenirs
The wedding will likely generate some $1 billion in revenue. And a chunk of that will come from the mugs emblazoned with the coupleâs likeness, as well as unauthorized items such as tea towelsâand even condoms.