If You're an Undecided Bride, Wear Two Wedding Gowns
Much of the world anxiously awaited the royal wedding in the days leading up to April 29, 2011 -- not only because Kate Middleton, a commoner, would officially marry into the royal family, but also because her wedding dress would no longer be a well-kept secret. The majority of the fashion world heartily approved of Middleton's classic wedding dress design, reminiscent of Hollywood star Grace Kelly's gown, worn during her 1956 nuptials to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Middleton's dress featured white satin gazar, a hand-embroidered lace-bodice, lace sleeves and a 9-foot train. A second dress was worn at the wedding reception, also designed by Burton. It was white, strapless and featured a beaded waist and sweetheart neckline. To stay warm, Middleton wore a cropped angora sweater. Middleton's reception gown was elegant, but unlike her ceremony dress, it was appropriate for a party; the lace sleeves and long train of the first gown would have proved difficult for dancing and a long night of celebrating!