No wedding gifts, please: William and Kate request charity donations instead
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The royal wedding day has finally arrived. Congrats to the lovely bride and groom!

Did you forget to get your gift in the mail? No worries. As reported here last month (via Reuters), Prince William and Kate (or Catherine, as she now prefers) have set up the Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund, asking well-wishers to donate money to charities they care about instead of gifts.

The couple selected five causes — Changing Lives Through Arts and Sport; Children Fulfilling Their Potential; Help and Care at Home; Support for Service Personnel and Their Families; and Conservation for Future Generations — and 26 charities that fall into one of these categories t…………… continues on USA Today

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Wedding planners provide tips to having a small budget wedding
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MYRTLE BEACH — Not everyone has the budget of a princess to put on a wedding as extravagant as the Royal one.

According to wedding planners, a big budget isn’t necessary to having a spectacular wedding.

“Every girl wants to feel like a princess. You can make it happen,” said

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The Royal wedding: Less Diana, more Grace Kelly
News from the dress of the decade – Scotsman:

It HAD been one of the most eagerly anticipated dresses of the decade, and when it was finally unveiled on the steps of Westminster Abbey, Kate Middleton’s wedding gown did not disappoint.

Her pale ivory satin dress with a nipped-in bodice, lace sleeves and a full skirt was created by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, who said that designing the dress was the “experience of a lifetime”.

Speculation as to which designer would be gi

ven the commission, and indeed what style the bride would opt for, had reached fever-pitch, but the design was kept under wraps until the very last minute, when the bride began to make her way up the steps of Westminster Abbey at 11am yesterday.

The classic silhouette, simple veil and lace sleeves were reminiscent of the timeless dress Grace Kelly wore on her wedding day in 1956, and were in keeping with the bride’s own pared-back personal style.

Ahead of the big day she had said that she wanted to…………… continues on the dress of the decade – Scotsman

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Royal wedding dress expected to inspire local brides
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Wedding Rings: Past, Present and Future

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Wedding Rings: Past, Present and Future
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There is very little as symbolic and cherished as a family wedding ring. Throughout centuries and cultures this tradition has a universal understanding. Egyptians, Greeks and Romans alike all believed in the vast power of the ring and its promise of seamless, unending love and virtue. Wedding rings evoke many different emotions in people, but for most they conjure tradition, happiness, and sometimes even envy.

Take the 18-carat rock that was given to Kate Middleton by her long-time boyfriend Prince William for example. The sapphire stunner was once owned by P…………… continues on Patch.com

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Kate’s ring made of rare Welsh gold
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Prince William and Catherine Middleton continued the 88 year tradition of the British monarchy to use wedding ring made of rare Welsh gold.

Ironically, it was May 1999 when Gordon Brown sold half of Britain’s gold reserves at rock bottom prices, squandering many billions of the national wealth. The gold price was at around $ 250 per pound, and started its constant and stellar rise right after 400 tonnes of the British gold reserves were gone, climbing to a new all-time record of $ 1566 per ounce at the day of the royal wedding. More than six times as high as 10 years earlier!

The proceeds of selling the British gold between 1999 and 2002 amounted to $ 3.5 billion. Selling the same amount today would therefore have resulted in over $ 20 billion – no wonder that British people and media were angry at Gordon Brown even a decade later!

The second ironic coincidence is that the last gold mine in Britain, Dolgellau in no…………… continues on International Business Times

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Local wedding planner gets close to royalty
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LONDON – It was even more exciting than Julie Gambrell expected. Hours after the Royal Wedding of Prince William and his new bride, Gambrell was still smiling in amazement

“We had front row seats,” she said of her spot outside the Westminster Abbey. “We were half-way up the mall and we caught everything. The whole processional.”

Gambrell, owner of Classic Creations Wedding Planning and Design Firm in Denver, traveled to London to be inspired by the royal couple. Searching at 4 a.m. on the wedding day, she finally found the perfect spot to watch the festivities. She even got up-close-and-personal with the Queen’s guard and shared this inside information with 9NEWS via Skype.

“The queen’s guard was lined up on the mall and they were right in front of us, and they would inspect each of the guards right in front of us,” she said. “It was really funny because they would shake their hats, in case they had an inch. And they would give them a piece of gum to chew and ma…………… continues on 9NEWS.com
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Could Kate Middleton’s wedding dress really be McQueen? A woman fitting …
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By Fay Schlesinger
Last updated at 8:30 AM on 29th April 2011

With an extravagant furry hood hiding her face, she ducked down and dashed at full tilt from the car into The Goring hotel – doing everything in her power to avoid being identified.

But there were several clues that the mystery woman who ran into Kate Middleton’s hotel in Belgravia yesterday afternoon was Sarah Burton, creative director of the Alexander McQueen label and very likely the wedding dress designer.

The late McQueen’s 36-year-old protégée has previously been tipped for the most coveted fashion commission of the decade.

Could Kate Middleton’s wedding dress really be McQueen? A woman fitting designer Sarah Burton’s description was spotted entering the Goring Hotel today with her face …………… continues on Daily Mail

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PM announces royal wedding gifts: donation, outdoor gear – CTV.ca
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Canadians who have yet to send their wedding gift to Prince William and his bride-to-be needn’t fret as the Government of Canada has got it covered with a donation, while the prime minister and his wife have promised to give the couple outdoor gear.

In a statement released Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the government will make a donation to the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary “on behalf of all Canadians.”

The $ 50,000 pledge, “will allow the organization’s volunteers to carry out their mission, which is to offer — day and night — a permanent search and rescue program to meet the needs of Canada’s marine services, as well as to prevent injuries or loss of human life at sea,” the statement said.

The Auxiliary was chosen because it was the only Canadian beneficiary the couple included on their list of charities well-wishers have been invited to support in lieu …………… continues on PM announces royal wedding gifts: donation, outdoor gear – CTV.ca
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Wedding planning app launching on Royal Wedding day
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Glasgow company hoping for download success

A model is launching a wedding organiser iPhone app on the same day as the Royal nuptials.

Gillian Bell runs online wedding gift service Starweds for couples who would prefer monetary gifts rather than household items.

Now the 27-year-old, backed by her local Business Gateway office in Glasgow, has created an app for anyone planning their big day.

The free software, available on April 29, is a directory which allows users to phone, email or visit Scottish wedding suppliers websites quickly and easily.

It also uses the iPhones GPS system to show where the nearest businesses are.

Bell said: I really wanted to do something that takes weddings into the 21st century and I felt creating an iPhone app was the perfect solution.

Our application will give couples a quick and simple way of finding suppliers. It will show them nearby suppliers, provide directions and inform them new products …………… continues on Business7
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Wedding Etiquette
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Written in Stone?

I’m planning a wedding for July 2012 and have spoken to many friends about it. One of them is my college roommate. We have had a gradual falling out over the past few years, including several fights, and hadn’t spoken in more than six months before I announced my engagement in an e-mail. I updated her on the status of wedding planning and said the reception hall could provide kosher meals for her and her boyfriend, who are Orthodox Jews (the families of the bride and groom are not), but also that my wedding date was on the Sabbath and the start of a day of fasting on the Orthodox calendar. I thought this would mean she couldn’t attend but she said she and her boyfriend would “find a way” to get there, even walking to the ceremony from the nearest hotel.

In the spirit of reconciliation, I invited her to brunch, but the same old feelings of frustration arose in me. There was no rekindling whatsoever of the friendship that I had hoped fo…………… continues on New York Times
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Royal wedding likely to set trends for many other couples
News from The State Journal-Register:

Brides-to-be and wedding planners alike will pay close attention as the wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton unfolds early Friday.

“Like most wedding planners and individuals in the industry, we’ll be closely watching the events to spot trends, to get a sense of public reaction to certain aspects of the wedding,” said Rikeesha Phelon, owner and consultant of Flair for Events, a Springfield wedding planning and event management business.

“More specifically, most bridal eyes will be on the dress, the bouquet carrying, the design of the cake — some of those classic centerpieces of any wedding. we do know that the industry will tend to follow or copycat a lot of the presentations from the event.”

Pat Tribbet, owner of the wedding planning business Details, Details, Details, said she doesn’t think there will be much direct copying from the royal wedding.

“I don’t think someone’s going to try to do the same exact dress or the same exact flower…………… continues on The State Journal-Register
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Wedding dress a knuckle-biter for fashionistas
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LONDON – Thirty years ago, the buzz was about a different royal bride and what her dress would look like, reports CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller.

Lady Diana Spencer was marrying Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, and she’d picked David Emanuel and his wife Elizabeth to design her dress.

“And it was a simple phone call,” said David. “Would you do me the honor of making my wedding gown?”

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It was that simple.

“And it’s almost like the world stood still, recalled David. “And then it was kind of madness from there on, really.”

Madness — because newspapers and magazines from around the world were desperate to get a glimpse of the royal wedding gown.

“All these windows, right on these roofs were millions and millions of paparazzi,” said David at the building, remembering the scene 30 years ago. “Every day.”

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Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding dress poll: Something old beats something new
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By Lauren Paxman
Last updated at 7:29 PM on 27th April 2011

Kate Middleton’s choice of wedding dress is still veiled in mystery, but a new survey has revealed what British women most like to see her wearing.

Wedding list customers were asked what their favourite celebrity wedding dresses were, and brides-to-be opted overwhelmingly for Fifties-style dresses.

Noughties dresses did not fare so well, with Pamela Anderson, Kate Price, Jodie Marsh and Britney Spears’ gowns (or bikini and sailor’s hat in Pamela’s case) all making it onto the list of 10 worst dresses.

Wedding gown? Jackie Onassis topped the best-dressed list while Pamela Anderson’s nautical-inspired effort was the least favourite

Big, puffy skirts are clearly out and we covet simple, traditional l…………… continues on Daily Mail
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