Monday, July 4, 2011

Monaco Bridesmaids

Did anyone watch the Monaco wedding this weekend?  Despite being home very little, I did manage to catch some of it.  Honestly, the newly married couple would have done better holding off on the wedding until next year, since it just couldn't match the previous royal wedding in April.  Yes, yes I know that is quite a superficial statement.  However, I couldn't help but compare the two weddings, the later of which was missing some major magic.  What it did have, though, was super-cute bridesmaids!

The bridesmaids were wearing "traditional" Monaco costumes, which Princess Caroline directed and had the director of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo create.  Look at how cute they are!  Each one of the little 18th century candy-striper outfits took 120 hours to create.  Now stripes are usually the last choice of a bride for her wedding party (not to mention 18th century dresses) but I like the effect that they had walking behind Princess

Another adorable thing about these little cupcakes is that they were not personally connected to the royal couple.  The girls are local girls from all around Monaco (all .76 square miles of it) and embroidered on each of their aprons they had the couple's monogram and the the area (neighborhood?) where the girl is from.  I think if I were a royal I would have these little maids follow me around all the time!


  1. I agree, it did not come close to the English Royal wedding but the bridesmaids looked adorable!

    xox The 18th Century Blog

  2. I didn't even know about this Monaco wedding! sadface

    The bridesmaids are super-cute.

  3. I did! I did! The wedding was nice, but I agree that it lacked some magic to it. In fact, most of the time I couldn't help but wonder if the bride was going to run off in tears!

    My favourite part was actually the bridesmaid dresses! As soon as I saw them, I asked myself if the wedding was going to make an appearance on this blog, and voilà! You don't miss a beat!

  4. The bridesmaids are truly adorable, yes. And you know, I find it really interesting that both weddings featured young girls as bridesmaids, when in America, they would only be considered for flower girls. Our bridesmaids are usually always at least in their teens.

    I confess, I didn't get to watch the wedding. I'll have to catch the YouTube version. But don't feel bad about comparing the two (Monaco & Britain). The way I look at it is this: It's a huge thing, these royal weddings. Kind of like the release of two much-anticipated movies like, I don't know, Harry Potter and Twilight. The respective producers wouldn't want these two released anywhere near each other, because the public will automatically choose one to triumph over the other. Heck. As it stands, they're released months from each other, and people do the choosy thing anyway!

    Great post, btw. If I had a fleet of little bridesmaids, I suspect I would put them in some type of medieval or Regency dress with a wreath of flowers around their heads. ;)

  5. Katherine LouiseJuly 5, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Thank you so much for posting the video! The little maids are quite sweet and adorable, I agree. I loved the bride's gown--did you notice that she never looked behind her when people were fussing with her train, she just knew it would be taken care of properly--very royal! And the priestly vestments were gorgeously embrodiered--but were their caps really pink, or is that just my monitor?

  6. They look very sweet.

    - Oh, and in the UK we don't have flowergirls, and bridesmaids are usually young girls and an older one to keep the little ones in line. We don't have groomsmen either, just a best man - the mates turn up as mates.

  7. How utterly charming! When I get around to making my daughter an 18c costume, these may be the inspiration...


  8. Kate Moss got married on the same day and she also had lots of little bridesmaids that looks like 1970s fairy girls ...also very stunning!

  9. yes it was the saddest wedding ive ever watched including the guests ! but if the rumours are true its not surprising ! pity she didnt get away ! BUT her maids were absolutly delightful but we never saw her talking to them and no pix with them not at all intimate . catherine and William are having the time of their lives and im sure that they are glad that they waited LOve your blog fay x