April 29, 2011 by savvyplanners.com
(NOTE: While I revel in the union of two people who truly seem to be madly in love, it does not, in any way, imply that I do not grieve for the horrific loses, of life and livelihoods, due to the Tornadoes in the American south.)
Op/Ed by Marcinho Savant, Senior Event Designer
Well I, for one, do!
I MUST! The universe awakened me JUST as the Duchess was preparing to walk down the aisle. That’s too perfect for me to ignore! Plus, I credit the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, in large part, for reinforcing my love of weddings! Big, lush, astounding, regal, lavish, serious, elegant, perfect, jaw-dropping weddings! I owe the Windsors a great deal of gratitude! I am also an unrepentant Anglophile.
This morning’s historic event heralded the rebirth of a waning, lagging, moth-balled Monarchy (God save the Queen!) into a twenty-first century fairy tale renewed. But I have issues!
Firstly, How could ANYONE not grasp the gravitas and significance of this union!? I’ve run into so many “Grinches” concerning this wedding. “What difference does it make!?!?!”
Well, I have given that some thought. I’ve come up with the following:
Now, think and comment on those points, if you are so inclined.
I couldn’t help, even through bleary, overtired eyes, but to squint in utter amazement and measured joy at the wedding that unfolded before me! I admired a good deal of the, toned down, design elements of the event. I feel the Royal family were very restrained compared to weddings of the past. It is said that the Duke and Duchess demanded a less “over the top” presentation, greener options and greater simplicity and elegance.
I loved the Duchess’s gown and veil. I ADORED the musical performances and selections. I loved the prayer which the couple wrote themselves, pronounced by the figurehead of the Church of England. I rejoiced in the diversity of the choristers. I chuckled at the glaring faux pas of Mr. Beckham (in terms of his choice of hat and placement of the medal he chose to wear— and yes… I clocked those things before the commentators on television— ).
I absolutely could NOT ignore the prominent placement of Sir Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, out and proud, as an obvious couple AND one which hadn’t been shoved behind a column or chucked into a cupboard! I was pleased and proud that they were there and simply as any other couple and friend of the family!
I remember a time where they would have either NOT been invited, forced to sit apart, or ordered not to be “filmed”. Rather a big deal, this. And there were a number of gay and lesbian people in attendance who were permitted to “exist” amongst the throng.
But what will the larger effects of this wedding be in this new century? Is it, or SHOULD it, have any more ranging impacts socially of any kind? What will Brides, the world over, see happen to their own visions for their own big day?
Will this wedding have ANYTHING by way of impact on the business of weddings going forward? What? And for how long?
I’d LOVE your comments here.
For me, by all appearances, the Royal wedding was absolutely flawless. Living “behind the curtain” all the time as I do, I’d expect them to hide any problems from public view or awareness. I was genuinely happy for them, even while wondering about when the day would come where my wedding would receive the same acceptance, welcome and the absence of a nonplussed society’s reaction to one of celebratory ennui?
I loved hearing “Jerusalem” at a time other than the Rugby or the Proms.
I offer my most sincere admiration and congratulations to His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus and his beloved: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.