Post # 61
Regardless of who’s paying, I think it would look just a bit tone-deaf for the royal family to send out lavish invitations when the economic climate is… less than rosy.
And, well, it’s a state function. It’s really, really, really not about the couple in the way a wedding usually is. Continuity, tradition and restraint are what matters. The role of the monarch is largely ceremonial, but it’s not the same as being a movie star or other celebrity.
Post # 62
When I first saw them I was surprised too but the more that I look at them the more I like the classic simplicity. It’s definitely interesting to see!
Post # 64
I love them. I absolutely love the history of the english monarchy. I would love to have an invite that was so traditional.
Post # 65
Well, for sure their invites (and their e-pics…they aren’t sitting on a picnic blanket in the middle of a field with old typewriters, books, and cupcakes) aren’t going to make it onto stylemepretty!
I think it’s refreshing. Just a traditional/classic invitation.
Post # 66
@lesbride: Their picture isn’t on the invite. That’s just an inset probably from whatever site posted the picture.
Post # 67
- Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA
Everyone keeps saying it is a state function, but the royal family has made it very clear that it is NOT a state function. It is a family wedding. That’s why President Obama wasn’t invited or any other foreign dignitaries who don’t have a personal relationship with the royal family.
I wasn’t surprised by the invitations at all. They were exactly what I expected. I actually like them. I’ve always liked more simple invitations than fancy elaborate ones. I’ve just always thought they were more elegant.
Post # 68
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I expected them to be traditional, which I like, but I guess I am a little underwhelmed. 🙂 Oh well! Glad I didn’t marry into a royal family? 😉
Post # 69
Not my taste, but I think they’re pretty.
Post # 70
So… what’s a lounge suit? :p
Post # 71
I guess I dont really think anything of it. Its an official document. Im sure Kate did not have any choice of invitation. Im pretty sure I wouldnt care about my invitatins if I was marrying a Prince!!
Post # 72
@ellabee: to me lounge suit sounds like pajamas!
Post # 73
@Cant_wait: I agree, the envelopes look cheap.
@angela85, crayfish: the money for the actual wedding is coming from the families but I think they said the British tax payer is footing the bill for security etc for the event.
EDIT: Okay, sorry, I didn’t see there was a page 2!!!!
But I can answer the question about lounge suits! Never heard about them before either until I went to Cambridge. Basically just means a matching jacket & trousers, usually dark, with a white shirt, and tie.
Post # 74
A lounge suit is the equivalent to what we consider a business suit in America. Basically gives an alternative to morning dress. It would still denote wearing one’s nicest suit in the appropriate colors; same with the shirt, tie, waistcoat, etc. It’s a throwback to when everyone dressed more formally and that was considered casual attire for lounging around in the countryside.