Weddings, like births, have always been a point of interest and a keen talking point. For many brides, the big day is the fruition of all her childhood wedding fantasies - hours spent sifting through magazines and creating scrapbooks and sketches of her dream dress. The royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 captured the attention of the world and in close succession were the aristocratic nuptials of her sister Pippa Middleton to James Matthews in 2017, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan
and Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank, both in 2018.
Society weddings are the ultimate in glitz and glamour, with care and attention to every detail meticulously met and no expense spared. Society magazines such as Tatler - who publish their famous annual wedding guide - are living proof of our curiosity and desire to step into the world of the affluent elite.
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After the announcement of every society engagement comes the hot anticipation of the wedding date. We've chosen three brides and grooms all set to get married in 2020 in super-stylish society style. Taking into account their lineage, individual styles, venues and all that we know to date about the big day, we've chosen our top recommendations for bridesmaids and page boys.
PRINCESS BEATRICE & EDOARDO MAPELLI MOZZI
THE BRIDE: Born Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York on 8 August 1988, HRH Beatrice is the first born child to the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York and fifth grandchild of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Beatrice is not a working member of the royal family, instead she has chosen her career in finance and consulting.
THE GROOM: Born Edoardo Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi on 19 November 1983, Edoardo is a property tycoon - founder and chief executive of a property development and interior design company.
WHEN: 29 May 2020
WHERE: Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London, UK
DRESS CODE: Traditional
THE BIG DAY | Beatrice & Edoardo
The bride and groom-to-be have known each other since childhood as Beatrice's mother is godmother to Edoardo's half-brother.
Despite the grand, state weddings of her cousins William and Harry, Beatrice has opted for a more low-key ceremony. The couple have chosen to marry on a weekday rather than the traditional weekend in the hope of keeping their wedding more private. The big day won't be televised and unlike her sister Eugenie, Beatrice has opted not to take part in a traditional royal carriage ride or procession. That said, naturally William and Harry will be in attendance and it is undoubtedly set to be the most sought after wedding invite of the year as the Queen will host a private reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
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Despite Beatrice's wish to avoid protocol and the fuss and frills of a royal wedding, we expect there to be an element of tradition - after all, the couple are marrying in St James's Palace with the Queen in attendance.
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We predict Beatrice will go for something classic - we've chosen this pretty dress by Nicki Macfarlane (designer to her cousin-in-law Kate's bridesmaids). A modern twist on classic ivory, the delicate peach taffeta colourway is super-feminine and the ivory lace overlay still gives it an element of tradition. We've accessorised the dress with a pretty floral headband by Sienna likes to party that can we worn with the hair up or down. We chose these Children's Classics shoes as the style - with grosgrain ribbon and diamanté embellishments - are sophisticated and more contemporary. Lastly, this pretty real pearl necklace by designer Raw Pearls is the perfect keepsake gift for bridesmaids and little flower girls alike.
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We've gone for an equally classic look for boys. This adorable linen buster suit from new designer Beatrice & George in classic shades of white and beige has a quintessentially royal look. Prince George is credited with bringing the traditional buster suit back into fashion and designers such as Rachel Riley have all been graced with the fortune of George wearing their designs. These ivory leather brogue style shoes have a real, heritage feel and complete the look.
CRESSIDA BONAS & HARRY WENTWORTH-STANLEY
THE BRIDE: Born Cressida Curzon Bonas on 18 February 1989 in Winchester, Hampshire, Cressida is the only daughter of Lady Mary-Gaye Georgiana Lorna Curzon, a famous socialite 'It girl' of the 1960s. Her father Jeffrey Bonas, is an Old Harrovian entrepreneur. Cressida herself has previously been labelled an 'It girl' and became widely known for her relationship with the Duke of Sussex who she dated before he married Meghan Markle.
THE GROOM: Born Harry David Wentworth-Stanley in 1989, his mother is Clare Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven, journalist and former social editor for Tatler magazine. Harry's step father, George Mountbatten is the 4th Marquess of Milford Haven and is Queen Elizabeth‘s cousin.
WHEN: Summer 2020
DRESS CODE: Boho-chic
THE BIG DAY | Cressida & Harry
Cressida is marrying her love from university after re-kindling their relationship shortly after her romance with Prince Harry. The couple were initially introduced by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, so we expect the guest list will be a high-society affair and it has also been confirmed former flame Harry will attend with wife Meghan - Cressida was a guest at the Duke & Duchess of Sussex's wedding in 2018. Cressida and Harry Wentworth-Stanley became engaged during a trip to the US in 2019 and celebrated their news on Instagram, sharing a picture of themselves in a field in Nantucket, Massachusetts. The engagement is said to be setting the theme for the wedding and the couple wish to keep it low key.
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Cressida has previously spoken of her wishes to get married under a tree outside rather than in a formal wedding ceremony. Given her signature, chic bohemian style, the theme will be dressed down, yet super-stylish.
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Cressida's signature style is very laid-back chic and she is known for her flawless sense of fashion, so for the bridesmaids, we have chosen a boho themed dress and accessories. The Gucci dress is made from ivory, cotton voile and is super-lightweight with a pretty floral and fruit pattern, perfect for a Midsummer's eve. We've accessorised it with a hippie-esque floral headband from Carrément Beau and matching straw bag by Lapin House. Whilst we expect guests to tread barefoot through the fields, no fashion girl's wedding is complete without a pair of signature Sophia Webster 'Chiara' butterfly shoes. We've chosen this Sophia Webster Mini gold pair.
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Linen suits are standard wedding attire for summer and for boys, shorts suits always look cute and classically smart. We've chosen these deckchair striped shorts as a look for pageboys - the stripe gives them a stylish, boho feel. The jacket is plain and lightweight and the shirt has a bow tie which looks cool, yet not too formal. Finish the look with brown leather closed toe sandals to give the outfit a hippie feel.
GABRIELLA DE GIVENCHY & UGO DE MALLMANN
THE BRIDE: The daughter of Olivier de Givenchy - financier at the prestigious JP Morgan - Gabriella is the great niece of legendary designer Hubert de Givenchy - the french fashion designer who founded the famous house of Givenchy. Born in the UK and educated at the prestigious Queen's Gate School in Kensington, London. Fashion is very much in her DNA - Gabriella is an associate fashion editor for W Magazine in New York.
THE GROOM: Born in Paris, France, Ugo is the son of Francois-Xavier de Mallmann, chairman of the prestigious banking division at Goldman Sachs. Ugo attended the Institut Le Rosey boarding school in Switzerland and his occupation is an oil trader.
WHEN: June 2020
WHERE: Destination wedding - location TBC
DRESS CODE: High Fashion
THE BIG DAY | Gabriella & Ugo
Gabriella's brother Louis de Givenchy was a pageboy at the wedding of Princess Eugenie in 2018, so the guest list will naturally include anyone who is anyone. Expected to attend are friends Isabel Getty and Talita von Furstenberg, 'It girls' known as the Miller cousins who have connections to Greek royalty and Talita is the granddaughter of iconic womenswear designer Diane von Furstenberg. It will undoubtedly be a very chic, high-fashion affair.
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Having already made their union official at Chelsea Registry Office in London in December 2019, the big day will be a celebration of their marriage with friends and family. Naturally, Gabriella's dress is expected be designed by the house of Givenchy.
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With Gabriella's rich fashion lineage, the style of the wedding will be very sophisticated. We've gone for a super-luxe look, choosing this black rose dress by Dolce & Gabbana - the style being perfect for a destination such as the Italian Riviera. A dress as chic as this deserves some fabulous shoes, so we've chosen these sandals by luxury designer Young Versace. With a simple dress, there's room for fancy accessories - we chose this beautiful black beaded headband by Sienna likes to Party and this elegant metallic gold bag.
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There's nothing chicer than a black-tie theme. We've chosen this luxury tuxedo by the ultimate men's suit designer Emporio Armani. For a look that's more laid-back luxe and fun for boys, wear the trousers with a turn up - neatly roll them a couple of times until they're ankle length - and pair them with some crisp white leather trainers, worn without socks. Accessorise the suit with a matching bow tie and crisp white shirt. We expect the weather to be hot in June, so the shirt with rolled up sleeves is ideal for the day time and the jacket can be worn in the evening. Every fashion girl and boy loves to accessorise - pair this look with some black braces or a statement designer belt.
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