It’s that time of year when we are all beginning to think about our holidays!...
It’s been a few weeks now since the announcement of the royal wedding, and we have all had enough time to take it all in and calm down from the excitement and huge tabloid coverage.
Now with the dust settled I thought I would raise the subject in the wedding Wednesday discussion…………..
So what are your thoughts on the Royal wedding? Are you for it or against it?…………….I wanted to leave it open to you to hear your pints of view.
I have to admit my first reaction was pure happiness, I love a wedding at the best of times and the fact that it was a royal wedding made it even better. I remember princess Diana’s and Charles big day (showing my age) and I must have skived off school to watch Fergie and Andrew get hitched, but after that my student socialist views took over and I was totally against the royal family and everything they stood for! But now I feel differently. Maybe it’s now that I’m in the industry that I’m more interested, maybe now that I am married myself it means more?
But I still can’t help but ask myself what will it do to the wedding industry in the long run, will it be good or bad, so I find myself sitting on the fence.
So a huge wedding like this is surely a good thing?
• It’s going to bring a whole load of attention to the wedding world, at least for the next few months, everyone in the wedding industry will be asked questions, interviewed, and it’s a great chance for some extra PR and promotion for all of our businesses. I myself have been on the radio twice already discussing it, and I’m sure it’s not the last time! If you get your PR right then you can use this wedding to your advantage!
• It’s a massive boost for other couples to ride on the back of their wedding and get married themselves. Maybe couples who have been putting it off will decide to get married next year just so they can say they got married in the same year as the future king and queen of England, a massive boost to the wedding industry itself.
• It will make marriage more popular, if it’s good enough for the royals then it’s good enough for everyone.
• It’s a great boost for the UK. With so much gloom and doom about it’s something great for us to all look forward to, whether you like weddings or not. If you like weddings perfect then you can get wrapped up in the whole experience, if you don’t like weddings, then at least you get a day off work!
• It will bring in loads of extra money into the economy through tourism,
• It will put the UK on the map again but for something good this time!
• Something like this can really pull the UK together, remember the silver jubilee?
A huge wedding like this is surely a bad thing?
• There has been a huge alternative movement in the wedding industry over the last few years, people like Rock and Roll Bride have managed to revolutionise the way that some people see their big day, what is this royal wedding going to do? It’s just going to take us back to square one! How many copycat weddings are we going to get after this one? How many brides wanting that same dress, the same colour scheme, the same flowers, where will the individuality go, the imagination?? Is this royal wedding going to undo all the hard work that some have been fighting for?
• The cost. The wedding is going to cost the tax payer millions. OK so Kate’s parents have offered to pay for the wedding with Prince Charles helping out. But how about the millions in security for the day, that’s down to us the tax payer, it’s not like we haven’t got enough to pay for at the moment!
• What about all those other brides getting married on the same day. I myself will be working on that day, I have a fabulous wedding I will be co-ordinating and luckily my bride is just happy that all her guests won’t have to take the day off work. Other brides though have not seen it quite as graciously! How would you feel if the limelight had suddenly been taken away from you on the most important day of your life? And what if you are getting married in London, what about the roads, the security, the hike in price for hotels? Couldn’t they have picked a Tuesday, or a Wednesday instead? A much less popular wedding day!
• The bank holiday is going to cost small businesses millions. Yes it’s great to have a day off, but your employers still have to pay you while you’re not at work!
• Is this going to make brides feel they are going to need to spend their life savings on their weddings? This goes along with my first point. Will brides be made to feel insignificant if their wedding is nothing like Kate and Will’s will people once again feel the need to spend over the odds on their weddings?
So all in all I’m guess I’m happy that the royal wedding has brought a huge focus onto the wedding industry, that can never be a bad thing! But at the same time I’m kind of worried that it will also bring with it a whole host of identikit Kate and Will weddings to follow!
So what do you think?
I’d love to hear if you are for or against…or really couldn’t care less. Leave your comments below and join in the discussion.