Your Day, Your Way: Top Five Ways to Make Your Wedding a Royal Affair

The Royal Wedding may be all anyone is taking about these days (or at least the media); but rest assured, when it’s time for your wedding day, your guests will be all about you! While you might not be marrying into an official royal family, you and your new husband (or wife!) will feel like you can rule the world on your wedding day.

Here are a few details about Price William and Kate Middleton’s wedding and some tips on how to make your wedding feel like a royal affair!

Royal Tip #1: Have a procession route.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will be traveling from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey before the ceremony and will then travel the route back to Buckingham Palace for the reception. To see an interactive map of William and Kate’s route, visit:

Create a route from your ceremony to your reception location for you and your guests. Give your guests maps that include local landmarks and significant points of interest to the bride and groom. This can be especially fun for out-of-town guests who might not know the area very well.

Wedding Map Example by SnappyMap

If you will be traveling through a city, such as downtown Norfolk, you could point out various landmarks, monuments and museums. If you’re getting married on the oceanfront and then heading to your reception site, have the map show any local landmarks that are significant to you and your fiancé, such as the place you went on your first date, where he proposed, or just favorite shops and restaurants.

Not only will the map help guests get from the ceremony to the reception, but it will give them a chance to get to know the bride and groom, or the city they’re in, a little better!

Royal Tip #2: Add a choir … or two.

Price William and Kate Middleton will be having both The Choir of Westminster Abbey and The Chapel Royal Choir perform during their ceremony, which is being held at Westminster Abbey. These choirs are in addition to several musical groups that will also be performing, but live singers can really add an element of drama.

Westminster Abbey

If you’re getting married in a church, ask your officiant if the church has its own choir that would be willing to perform. If one isn’t available, or if you’re getting married in another location, you can contact local entertainment groups who can connect you with a local choir.

Royal Tip #3: Arrive in style.

A 1902 State Landau, which was specifically built for King Edward VII in 1902, will carry Prince William and Kate Middleton from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.

Grand Cinderella Pumpkin Carriage

If a horse-drawn carriage appeals to you, check out Smithfield Horse & Carriage Co., which serves Hampton Roads with beautiful carriages and horses. You and your new husband can have a fairytale arrival to your reception or be whisked away in style at the end of the night. If you want to really feel like a princess, ask about their Grand Cinderella Pumpkin Carriage. For more information, visit them at

Grand Cinderella Pumpkin Carriage

Royal Tip #4: Sparkle and shine.

While it’s still up in the air if Kate Middleton will be wearing a tiara, she would have several to choose from if she decided to adorn herself with diamonds, literally from head to toe. One option would be a tiara known as the "Russian Fringe" that was worn by the queen, the queen mother (Queen Mary) and the Princess Royal. Another option is the Spencer family tiara, which was worn by Princess Diana. The Queen did give her other daughters-in-law tiaras as wedding gifts, so perhaps there will be a new one in the mix.

The George III ("Russian Fringe") Tiara

Even if you don’t have one passed down by the queen, bridal shops in the area carry some fabulous bling, from glittering tiaras to glamorous necklaces and from diamond bracelets to drop-dead gorgeous earrings.

Check out the following links for tux and bridal shops in Hampton Roads:
Hampton Roads Tuxedos & Formal Wear
Hampton Roads Bridal Shops
Hampton Roads Bride Vendor Guide

Royal Tip #5: Customize it.

Kate Middleton is having a new Coat of Arms created for the wedding. Kate and her family worked with the College of Arms to design a Coat of Arms that is personal to them and visually identified them as a family. To read more about Kate’s Coat of Arms, click here.

Kate Middleton's Coat of Arms

Many couples like to use their new monograms on invitations, programs and thank you notes, but why not take it one step further and create a Coat of Arms that represents the joining of you and your fiancé’s families. If you two have an artistic side, try your hand at drawing a Coat of Arms or visit for some professional ideas.

Also, Royal Mail has recently launched commemorative stamps in honor of the Royal Wedding. The stamps feature the official engagement portraits taken by photographer Mario Testino last November (visit for more details).

Prince William & Kate Middleton Stamps

You could use an engagement photo or take a favorite shot of the two of you and have it made into a custom stamp. These can be used for the wedding invitations, response cards or even for your wedding thank you notes. Visit for more information on customized postage.

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