10 Iconic Royal Gowns

Every bride wants to experience the fairytale entrance on her wedding day–especially royal brides. We have heard that Meghan Markle does not want her dress to outshine Kate Middleton’s, but we can still anticipate a stunning gown next Saturday when she marries Prince Harry.

We put together a list of our favorite royal wedding gowns that have gone before Ms. Markle and that are as stunning as the women who wore them.

1. Queen consort of Iran, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary & Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

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The Shah and Empress of Iran were married on February 12, 1951 at Marble Palace, Tehran. She wore a custom Christian Dior gown for the occasion. (Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar)

2. Princess Caroline of Monaco & Philippe Junot

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Princess Caroline of Monaco and Philippe Junot were married at Monaco Palace on June 28, 1978. The princess wore a 70’s style wedding dress designed by Marc Bohan. (Photo courtesy of Town & Country Magazine)

3. Lady Diana Spencer & Prince Charles of Wales

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles of Wales were married on July 29, 1981 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Regarded as “the most closely guarded secret in fashion history,” Princess Diana’s dress was designed by David & Elizabeth Emanuel. (Photo courtesy of Town & Country Magazine)

4. Princess Marie-Chantel of Greece

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Pictured here with her father, Princess Marie-Chantel of Greece married Prince Pavlov on July 1, 1995 at St Sophia’s Cathedral in London. Her dress was designed by Valentino. (Photo courtesy of Town & Country Magazine)

5. Mary Donaldson & Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark

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Mary Donaldson of Denmark married Crown Prince Frederik on May 14, 2004 at the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her gown was created by created by Danish designer Uffe Frank. (Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar)

6. Marie Cavallier & Prince Joachim of Denmark

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Arasa Morelli designed this gown for Marie Cavallier for her wedding to Prince Joachim of Denmark. They were married on May 24, 2008 at Møgeltønder Church in South Jutland. (Photo courtesy of Town & Country Magazine)

7. Kate Middleton & Prince William

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Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Prince William held their wedding at Westminster Abbey on August 29, 2011. Her dress was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. (Photo courtesy of Town & Country Magazine)

8. Princess Madeleine & Christopher O’Neill of Sweden

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden married Christopher O’Neill on June 8, 2013 in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden. Her custom dress was designed for her by Valentino Garavan. (Photo courtesy of Town & Country Magazine)

9. Claire Lademacher & Prince Felix of Luxembourg

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Princess Claire of Luxembourg wed Prince Felix in a gown designed by Elie Saab on September 21, 2013 at Sainte Marie-Madeleine Basilica in France. (Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar)

10. Sofia Hellqvist & Prince Carl Philip of Sweden

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Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia of Sweden were married on June 13, 2015 at the Royal Palace Chapel in Stockholm. Her gown was designed by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt. (Photo courtesy of Town & Country Magazine)

 

 

How to Get the Royal Look on a Budget

So you want to throw your own “royal” wedding? Well we all know that it can be pretty pricey—an estimated cost of $34 million! You have probably heard that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are tying the knot on May 19th. We can probably assume that their wedding will equal that of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding in 2011.

 

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Weddings are expensive, royal or not, and not all of us will have Kensington Palace paying for everything, but here are some ways you can still get that royal look while on a budget!

THE DRESS

While Meghan Markle has revealed that she doesn’t want to outshine Kate Middleton’s 2011 dress, it’s still likely to cost nearly $420,000 (according to Bridebook, British wedding planning website).

According to The Knot:

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Kate Middleton’s dress in 2011 was made from a combination of English and French lace by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and was modern, chic. The estimated price? $434,000! (photo courtesy of Pinterest)

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A similar dress FOR YOU would be with Chantilly lace sleeves and a skirt of silk shantug taffeta from Legends by Romona Keveza. How much? $5,000! (photo courtesy of Glamour)

THE VENUE

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Bridebook predicts the royal family will spend about $498,000 on the venue alone—St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. (Photo courtesy of Windsor Castle)

 

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If you want to truly feel like a princess or prince on your wedding day, why not find a local castle for your wedding day?

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Starting at $2,000 during peak season you and your guests can get the royal treatment at Meyer’s Castle in Dyer, IN. (Photo courtesy of Regions Weddings)

 

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THE DECOR

Prince Harry and Meghan are allotting $155,000 for their wedding day florals, according to Bridebook. And lighting and production may cost upwards of $183,000. For William and Kate, Westminster Abbey was transformed into an English garden complete with 20-feet-high trees and hundreds of flowers lining the aisle. Buckingham palace had a beautiful array of flowers; all of which came out to a total estimated cost of $800,000.

 

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According to The Knot, you could line your aisle with large maples costing approximately $500 for each fully potted tree. Or you could request large arrangements with flowering branches, like cherry blossoms inside containers for $250-$300 per design.

 

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THE CAKE

According to Bridebook, Meghan and Harry will be spending approximately $70,000 on their wedding cake. William and Kate’s cake was a fruit cake with a modern twist. They used Baker Fiona Cairns to create a multi-tiered cake that included “the language of flowers”—meaning the flowers are used as symbols to express heartfelt emotions, a tradition from the Victorian era. This was about $134 per slice!

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Fiona Cairns next to William & Kate’s cake (photo courtesy of The Spruce)

For you to achieve a cake that would match royalty, you can find a baker to do a cake with simple scrollwork, crest and flowers and have it costing about $7-$10 per slice. If you want to save even more money, use buttercream instead of fondant.

Be sure to keep your eyes open in the month of May for our Royal Wedding Series leading up to the big event on May 19th!

 

 

Do I Need Event Insurance?

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Let’s face it; getting married is an investment in your future. You insure your life, your apartment or house, and your car—why wouldn’t you insure your wedding? These are all BIG investments.

Things happen and wedding insurance protects you against the unforeseen.


What Exactly is Wedding Insurance?

It protects a couple’s investment from circumstances beyond their control and reimburses them for expenses incurred.


What Does It Cover?  

Insurance companies will generally offer two different types of event insurance:

  1. Cancellation/Postponement Package: This package offers protection if you need to cancel/reschedule your event for something like severe weather, sudden illness, lost/non-refundable deposits, or vendor bankruptcy.
    The coverage also provides protection for damage to wedding attire (bridal gown, wedding rings), damaged wedding photos/videos, stolen gifts, … and so on.
  2. Liability Insurance Package: This package provides affordable coverage that protects you in the event of injuries or property damage—this excludes damage and injuries caused by intoxicated guests.

For that, you would need the additional liquor liability insurance, which is designed to protect you against liability claims for alcohol-related accidents at your event.

Here at The Haight, we provide liquor liability insurance within our packages.


 If you cannot get wedding insurance through your existing provider, we recommend reaching out to WedSafe or Markel.

WedSafe Example:

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Markel Example:

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Is It Worth It?

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We asked our preferred planners why wedding insurance is beneficial.

Leanne Valdes of YouNameItEvents says:

Event insurance is a very smart thing that most couples don’t even consider. The overall investment you are making in having this one single day be what you’re envisioning it to be is multi-faceted: emotions, finances, time, effort, and more go into the planning process. Event insurance can be a very simple and affordable way to put your mind at ease. It can give you the comfort of knowing that, if by some crazy chance, things don’t go as planned, you’ll be in a position to try again instead of losing everything you have put into it. When you compare the cost of a typical wedding, it is often one of the most expensive things you’ll ever pay for. We insure most of our valuable possessions—our homes and our cars are insured, just because your wedding isn’t a physical item doesn’t mean it isn’t just as valuable as those other investments.

We spoke with one of our preferred DJs, Backthird Entertainment, and they provided us their insight on why it’s important for vendors to have insurance.

In 15 years of working weddings we’ve never needed to file an insurance claim – but I haven’t had a car accident in 15 years either, and I still carry auto insurance. Carrying insurance is a necessity for pros, and it’s one way to tell whether the DJ you’re considering is a pro or not. In fact, many of the venues we work at won’t allow a DJ in the door who doesn’t carry insurance.

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Why is it important for us? Insuring our gear means we can be back up and running quickly if a theft or major disaster were to destroy our equipment. Carrying liability insurance means our business isn’t at risk if, rightly or wrongly, a guest were to become injured at an event and decide to bring a lawsuit against the venue or the DJ.

What does that mean for clients? The vendor who’s carrying insurance today is a lot more likely to still be in business 6 months or a year from now. We have insurance at today’s event, so that we’ll still be here to work at tomorrow’s event for the couples who are hiring us today.

We also spoke with Mary Rose, one of our preferred photographers on why she carries insurance.

I have insurance for two main reasons. The first reason is so that if my equipment is ever lost, stolen, or broken, I can replace it quickly with a small deductible. The second reason is to protect me in a lawsuit.

Couples should make sure their photographer has insurance for these same reasons. An insured photographer has no excuse not to show up with the appropriate equipment, and if the worst happens and a lawsuit is necessary, insurance will cover some or all of the legal fees. Knowing that your photographer has insurance is important for another reason. A wedding photographer who has taken the responsible step of insuring themselves is most likely responsible in other ways, like in the way they handle your very precious wedding photos and the way they conduct their business.

As a venue,  we recommend event insurance for your peace of mind and we do require your vendors to be covered.

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Behind The Scenes of Your Wedding Day

Have you ever wondered what it takes to successfully execute a wedding day here at The Haight?

It takes many hands to make your special day memorable for you and your guests.

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The day of your event a cleaning crew comes in so, you can start with a spotless blank space where you can be unique and let your creativity flow!

Linens & Florals

Next comes the linens and florals.

Caterers

Then our caterers come in and begin setting the tables. Depending on the size of the wedding, chairs are usually in the ceremony space until the flip!

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First the chairs are set then the aisle decor is placed, candles are lit, and the runner is rolled!

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After the ceremony, guests will go downstairs for cocktail hour while we flip the space from ceremony to reception!

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Once the flip is complete, you’ll come upstairs to enjoy dinner and dancing!

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Watch below to see how it all comes together in this beautiful timelapse video by Newlyweds Cinema!

2018 Wedding Trends

2018 Wedding Trends

It’s 2018 and we have tons of new wedding trends upon us! We’ve already shared the fashion trends with you (click here if you missed the blog) and you’ll be surprised how the decor ties it all together.

From invitations to dresses and flowers, choosing the right color palette for your special day is essential. If you are stuck on choosing colors for your wedding, you can always consider the Pantone Color of the Year—Pantone-18-3838 Ultra Violet.


The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.

-Laura Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute


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Ultra Violet isn’t the only color we will see this year. Copper, silver, navy, and chrome are trending as well.

Use of copper in our space!
Silver & Chrome

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Use of navy in our space!

Get creative with hanging floral installations and dramatic backdrops!


We are going to see more brides and grooms foregoing the favor and instead focusing on statement escort card displays and signage at the wedding.

Photos above courtesy of Brides.com

Here are some ways couples got creative in our space!

The celestial theme is on trend right now for many millenials who are fascinated by the sky, astronomy, stars, or outer space.

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This year, interaction is everything. Guests want details they can interact with so different textures and elements are coming into play.

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Here are examples of good uses of texture in our space!

Guests not only want to interact with details, but also with their food! Interactive food stations, dinner and a show, and over-the-top desserts!

Here are some great examples of interactive food stations: Bloody Mary Bar, Omelet Station, Sundae Station, & Build-Your-Own Ice Cream Bar!
Felix & Fingers Dueling Pianos for dinner and a show!
All out with desserts!

Be sure to leave a comment on the wedding trend that you’re looking forward to seeing the most this year!

 

Dress to the Nines in 2018

In order for you to dress to the nines for your wedding, we’ve put together the best anticipated looks in 2018 for the bride, groom and wedding party!

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Looking for a wedding dress can be one of the biggest moments in your life, as well as the most overwhelming. Going to a boutique with an idea of what you like and what you don’t is an important place to start. Here are some popular wedding dress trends to make “saying yes to the dress” a bit less exhausting.

Bell Sleeves

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Sleeved Silhouettes

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Capes & Capelets

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Feathers

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Bows

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Jumpsuits & Pants

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Why settle for a simple black tux? Grooms today are adding their personality into what they wear. Here are some classic and contemporary looks for the trendy groom.

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Gone are the days with the assumption that a bridesmaid dress will be ugly. Mismatched dresses allows for all of the bridesmaids to find a flattering fit, and some bridal parties even have entirely different dresses for all. Below is a variety of what is hot right now: beaded, tiered, velvet, patterned, sequins (a trend that seems to continue), jackets over dresses and even celestial-inspired gowns! And for the groomsmen, we aren’t seeing a lot of black anymore. As mentioned above, a more contemporary look is preferred–especially navy over black!

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Be sure to check out our next blog on 2018 decor trends!