Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands & Laurentien Brinkhorst May 17 & 19, 2001, Oude Raadzaal, Javastraat for the civil service and Grote of St Jacobskerk, The Hague
The Dress: For the civil ceremony, a knee-length shimmering blush-pink jacket with an upturned angular collar cinched at the waist with a matching belt. Paired with it, an upturned mauve raffia hat. For the religious ceremony, Belgian designer Edouard Vermeulen of Natan designed an ivory coloured dress of radzimir silk. A boat neckline that lined down the middle to the waist, which opened up and gave flow and movement to the dress. Bell sleeves and a three metre-long train and tulle veil completed the outfit.
The Diademe: Queen Beatrix loaned her new daughter-in-law, appropriately enough, the Laurel Wreath tiara, which was originally made for Princess Louise, sister of King Wilhelm I.
The Bouquet: For her civil service a predominantly green bouquet with cream-coloured roses and accents of pink and mauve to match her jacket. For her religious service, Fernanda Hora Siccama made a luscious-smelling bouquet of orange glossoms, gardenias, Emerald Green and Avalanche roses and lilies of the valley.
The Attendants: The bride's attendants included the groom's cousin Princess Carolina de Bourbon de Parme.
Memorable Detail: The attendance of Maxima Zorriegueta at an official function with the rest of the Dutch royal family.
Prince Johan Friso of the Netherlands & Mabel Wisse Smit
Prince Johan Friso of the Netherlands & Mabel Wisse Smit April 24, 2004, Oude Kerk (Old Church), Delft
The Dress: Dutch couturiers Viktor & Rolf were behind the wedding dress, which took more than 600 hours to create. 248 handmade bows (128 on the skirt, 85 on the bodice, 35 on the train) covered the points where the checkered pattern of the dress met. Satin duchess from Lyon and silk georgette were used for the dress, including the nearly 3-metre long train. The bride’s shoes were handmade in Italy using the same satin as the dress, and were trimmed with bows to match the dress.
The Diademe: The diademe was originally made by French jewelers Mellerio dits Meller in 1881, which was originally a gift for Queen Emma. The sapphire cornet was re-worked and mounted with diamonds for this occasion.
The Bouquet: Touches of Queen Beatrix’s wedding bouquet were incorporated into this delicate spring bouquet of lilies of the valley, snowdrops and guelder roses. White roses formed in a star-shape echoed those used in then-Princess Beatrix’s bouquet to Claus von Amsberg.
Memorable Detail: The bride's dress! It's bows made it the most memorable part of the day.
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands & Pieter van Vollenhoven January 10, 1967, The Hague
The Dress: A long-sleeved, slim, A-line white gown with an intricate floral pattern embroidered all over. A round neckline, elbow-length tulle veil and immaculate white gloves completed the bride's outfit.
The Diademe: Queen Sophie's tiara, which is made with a diamond base with five triangular diamond arches. Five pearl buttons surrounded by diamonds are at the top of each arch. The tiara was worn by the bride for her pre-wedding portrait, and was later worn when the bride's sister inaugurated in 1980 as Queen of the Netherlands.
Memorable Detail: A small, dainty bouquet of the bride's namesake flowers, white daisies.
Prince Maurits of the Netherlands & Marilène van den Broek
Prince Maurits of the Netherlands & Marilène van den Broek May 29 & 30, 1998, Apeldoorn
The Dress: For the civil ceremony, a two-piece jacket and knee-length skirt made of metallic red silk with accents of orange around the wide-angled collar, paired with a raffia hat tied with matching ribbons. For the religious service, a long-sleeved white silk gown with two rounded collars and a round neckline. Silk-covered buttons adorned the front of the dress. A long, full pleated skirt hung from the fitted waist of the dress. The full length veil was made of tulle.
The Diademe: The Ears of Wheat tiara with all eight ears (there were originally 10 but two were sold off), which originally belonged to Queen Wilhelmina. The Service: To accomodate the bride and groom's different religions -- he is Protestant, she is Catholic, -- the couple were married in a eucomenic service by Reverand Nico van Der Linden and Pastor Gerard Oostvogeli.
Memorable Detail: Following the relgious service, the bride and groom released dozens of orange, red, blue and white balloons into the air during their champagne kisses.
Prince Bernhard Jr. & Annette Sekrève July 6 & 8, 2000, Paushuize, and Dom Church, Utrecht
The Dress: For the civil service, a Frans Molenaar-designed jacket and sheath dress in sky blue. For the church service, silk taft coat dress also made by Frans Molenaar, with small round collars and silk-covered buttons to the waistline, where it met a thick band at the waist and the dress opened up and revealed a full-length dress with a bell skirt underneath. The coat’s train was about two metres long.
The Diademe: The Ears of Wheat tiara, which can be worn with two, four, six or all eight ears of wheat. The bride wore the tiara with all eight. The tiara originally belonged to Queen Sophie and over the years has been worn by Queen Wilhelmina, Queen Juliana—the groom’s grandmother, Princess Margriet—the groom’s mother, and his sister-in-law, Princess Marilene. The full-length veil was made of tulle.
The Ceremony: The groom’s youngest brothers, Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Prince Floris read lectures and the groom’s aunt, Princess Christina, a mezzo soprano, sang Amarili of Caccini—it was the first time she had sang publicly. The berget Lewis gospel choir closed the service with a rousing and swinging rendition of You’ve Got a Friend.
Memorable Detail: The groom arrived with his older brother, Prince Maurits in an open Ford Landauer borrowed from his aunt, Queen Beatrix.
Princess Joséphine-Charlotte & Hereditary Grand Duke Jean
Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgirum & Hereditary Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg April 9, 1953
The Dress: A silk and lace dress with a ruffled lace high-collared neckline. A fitted waist with a full-length, flowing tulle skirt with a ruffled hemline.
The Veil: A tulle veil that was longer than her train with a scattering of embroidery and ruffles.
The Diademe: The bride wore two different tiaras on her wedding day, both of which were pictured in her official wedding portraits. One was the Belgian Diamond Tiara with itnricate scroll work that was a wedding gift from Belgian bankers. The second was the Congo Diamond Tiara, which was also a wedding gift by the then Belgian colony of Congo to the princess on her wedding day; this tiara was later worn by the bride's own daughters Princesses Margaretha and Marie-Astrid, as well as her daughter-in-law Maria-Teresa, on their own wedding days.
Memorable Detail: The bride is allegedly said to have cried the entire way down the aisle to meet her groom. She was in love with someone else and her wedding day was considered more of a day of mourning than a day of celebration.
Hereditary Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg & Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista February 14, 1981
The Dress: A white criss-crossing silk trimmed around the round neckline, cuffs and hem of the dress in an approximately three-inchy thick band of white fur. The centre of the dress was detailed by the criss-cross pattern, with the same pattern being repeated down the length of her sleeves.
The Veil: A staggered tulle veil, with various layers throughout.
The Diademe: The bride wore a tiara that was given to her mother-in-law Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte on her wedding day from the then-Belgian colony of Congo. The Congo Diamond tiara can also be worn as a necklace.
Princesses Margaretha and Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg
Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg & Prince Nicholas of Liechtenstein March 20, 1982
The Dress: A floor-length satin gown with a high ruffled neck and staggering ruffled sleeves.
The Diademe: The Congo Diamond tiara that was given to her Belgian-born mother Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte on her wedding day from the then-Belgian colony of Congo, which she also wore on her wedding day, as did the bride's sister Princess Marie-Astrid.
The Bouquet: A small, dome-shaped bouquet of pink-coloured buds.
Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg & Archduke Carl Christian of Austria February 6, 1982
The Dress: A silk wrap-inspired dress. A thick band of ruffles edged the dress, sweeping from around the neck through to the waist and in two large bells to form the skirt of the dress. A light blue and white floral motif was embroidered into the swags of the dress's skirt.
The Veil: A tulle veil that was longer than the bride's train.
The Diademe: The Congo Diamond tiara that was given to her Belgian-born mother Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte on her wedding day from the then-Belgian colony of Congo, which she also wore on her wedding day, as would be worn by the bride's sister Princess Margaretha a month later at her wedding.
The Bouquet: A small, unstructured bouquet made of white and cream-coloured roses.
Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg & Sybilla Weiller September 8, 1994, Alsace
The Dress: A wide-necked dress with the top portion made of lace and the skirt made of silk. Lace sleeves and two rows of silk-covered buttons adorned the front of the bride's dress, while a straight skirt of silk was finished with a "balloon" trim.
The Veil: The same lace used to make the top of the bride's dress was used to make the veil. The lace featured a leaf motif and extended the length of the bride's train. The veil was affixed to the bride's hair, as she opted to not wear a tiara.
The Bouquet: An abundant and cascading bouquet of chamapagned coloured roses. The largest and opened blooms formed a large circle with smaller blooms mixed wigh greens creating a slight waterfall effect.
Hans-Adam von und zu Liechtenstein and Countess Marie Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau July 30, 1967, Vaduz Liechtenstein
The Dress: Countess Maria’s gown was made of silk with a round neckline, ¾ length sleeves and a high waist. From a small light-silver bow (at the high waist), the overskirt opened to reveal a white silk underskirt. The sleeve edges and the overskirt edges were embroidered with light silver thread to match the bow.
The Diademe: Countess Marie wore theHabsburg Fringe Tiara. This diamond fringe tiara was made in 1900 for Princess Maria Theresia of Braganca, infanta of Portugal (1855-1944), the grandmother of Prince Franz-Josef (mother’s side) when she married Archduke Charles Louis, brother of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria. The piece is covered with diamonds and can be worn as a tiara or as a necklace.
Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein and Sophie, Duchess in Bavaria
Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein and Sophie, Duchess in Bavaria July 3rd 1993, the Cathedral of Vaduz, Liechtenstein
The Dress: Sophie wore a white silk gown that featured a V-shaped neckline, ¾ length sleeves and and a fitted bodice. The V-edged sleeves were accented with three small bows. The skirt fell into large pleats from the V-shaped bodice that was decorated with small bows. The beautiful 6-8 meter train, attached at the waist, was equipped with loop handles to so that the little train bearers could carry the train up the steep cathedral steps.
The Diademe: Sophie wore theBavarian or Bayern Floral Tiara, a diamond tiara of small flowers and leavesmade of gold and diamonds. The first owner was Queen Therese of Bavaria and later Sophie ‘s mother.
The Attendants: One of the page boys was Guillaume (or Felix) of Luxembourg
Princess Tatjana von und zu Liechtenstein and Philipp von Lattorff
Princess Tatjana von und zu Liechtenstein and Philipp von Lattorff June 5, 1999, St.Florian Church, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
The Dress: The dress was designed by Armani. Princess Tatjana wore a simple gown of white silk with long sleeves and high round neckline.
The Diademe: Tatjana wore the Kinsky Diamond Tiara. It was first seen in the princely family worn by Princess Marie, Princess Tatjana's mother. It was possibly a gift from Prince Hans-Adam or a Kinsky family gift. The tiara is made of palmettes and spikes.
The Attendants: Witness for Tatjana was her brother, Constantin who was getting married the following month.
Memorable Detail: It was an intimate wedding. During the service Tatjana's brother Maximilian spoke, as well as Stephan von Lattorff, a brother of the groom.
Prince Maximilian von und zu Liechtenstein and Angela Brown January 29, 2000, Saint Vincent Ferrer Church, Manhattan, New York
The Diademe: Angela wore the Kinsky Diamond Tiara which was first worn by Princess Marie. It is possibly a gift from Prince Hans-Adam or a Kinsky family gift. It was also worn by Princess Tatjana at her 1999 wedding. The tiara is made of palmettes and spikes.
Memorable Detail: There was a civil ceremony in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, a few days before the New York wedding.
nce George, Duke of York & Princess Victoria Mary of Teck
Prince George, Duke of York & Princess Victoria Mary of Teck
July 6, 1893, Chapel Royal at St. James Palace, London
The Dress: Made by Mmes Linton and Curtis of Albemarle Street. The pattern of the wedding dress was selected by Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, composed of groups of Rose, Shamrock, Thistle, Lily of the Valley, and Orange Blossom, tied with ribbon, and the design was produced by white silk tissue and silver metal threads intermixed with terry effects on rich white satin ground. The dress was woven at the East London Silk Mills. The long train was perfectly plain, and the front of the dress was of white satin, with three tiny flounces edged with silver at the bottom. The fine old Honiton point lace in which her mother, Princess Mary, Duchess of Teck, was married, was arranged in three flounces just above, and long trails on either side of the flounced space. Two more trails were brought across from the sides at a short distance below the hips, lightly tied together in the centre, where there was a little droop, and then fell to the edge of the dress. The long-pointed bodice was made of the white and silver brocade, and some more of her mother’s Honiton trimmed the top of the bodice and the upper part of the sleeve. A small wreath of orange-blossom was carried all the way round the bust with a little bouquet on each shoulder, and a larger one in the centre, with which a little white heather was mingled.
The Veil: Princess Mary wore her mother's Honiton lace veil, floating backwards, and leaving her face full in view. It was secured with diamond pins, the largest of which was present from Queen Victoria, and a small wreath of orange blossom was placed on the hair.
The Bridesmaids: Princess Victoria and Princess Maud of Wales, sisters of the groom; Princess Victoria and Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh; Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein; Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh, Princess Margaret and Princess Patricia of Connaught; Princess Victoria Eugenie and Princess Alice of Battenberg.
The Jewellery: Princess Mary wore a diamond tiara, wedding gift from Queen Victoria; Diamond rivière necklace, wedding gift from the Prince and Princess of Wales. She also wore diamond earrings and a diamond anchor brooch, wedding gift from Prince George.
Princess Alexandra of Kent & Angus Ogilvy April 24, 1963, Westminster Abbey, London
The Dress: Designed by John Cavanagh with the under-dress was of white tulle, embroidered with gold palliates which shimmered as the Princess moved. Round neck, long sleeves and a fitted bodice that flowed into the skirt in an unbroken line, straight at the front, full and trained at the back, over the top of this was a matching garment in lace, which had been dyed magnolia, with an acorn and oak leaf design. The lace was reputed to have belonged to Queen Charlotte.
The Veil: The bridal veil matched the material and make of the dress and had thick embroidery around the edges.
The Jewellery: Princess Alexandra wore the Hanover Fringe Tiara borrowed from her cousin, The Queen, who herself wore the tiara on her wedding day. The bride also wore pearl earrings.
The Attendants: Princess Anne; Emma Tennant; Doune Ogilvy, niece of the groom; Georgina Butters; Archduchess Elizabeth of Austria. The pages were David Ogilvy, nephew of the groom and Simon Hay.
Memorable Detail: The Queen had offered Angus Ogilvy an earldom at the wedding, which he turned down.
Lady Tamara Grosvenor & Edward van Cutsem November 6, 2004, Chester Cathedral, London
The Dress: Designed by Bruce Oldfield, the bride wore an ivory silk georgette wedding dress embroidered with rows of tiny antique silk velvet rosebuds with a two-metre train.
The Jewellery: The bride wore a Myrtle Leaves and Berries tiara designed by Carl Faberge, which she borrowed from her mother. She wore diamond earrings to complete the look.
The Bouquet: Consisted of white and pale cream garden roses, white jasmine stephanotis and lily of the valley with myrtle leaves.
Guests: The 650 guests attended the wedding between Lady Tamara Grosvenor and Mr. Edward Van Cutsem, including The Queen and Prince Philip. The guests were ushered in by Princes William and Harry.
The Gifts: The couple has allegedly received a gift £10 million and a house in Belgravia.
The Attendants: The bridesmaids were Idina Moncreiffe; Lady Viola Grosvenor (sister of the bride); Laura Wills; Isabella van Vredenburch; Lady Henrietta Stanley and Jess Harrison. The pages were Lord Stanley of Bickerstaffe; Euan Moncreiffe and Count Raoul de Liederkerke.
Memorable Detail: Prince Charles, godfather of the groom, and his then girlfriend Camilla Parker Bowles refused to attend the wedding due to disagreement over the seating arrangements.
Queen Victoria & Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha February 10, 1840, Chapel Royal, St. James Palace
The Dress: Queen Victoria wore a creamy-white silk satin ball gown trimmed with Honiton lace and orange blossoms. The gown had a fitted, pointed bodice, full-skirt and a train attached at the waist. She wore flat shoes of white satin trimmed with bands of ribbon. Long ribbon ties fastened around the ankles held the shoes in place. They were made by Gundry and Son, Boot and Shoemakers to the Queen. Her wedding attire has been regarded as the ideal traditional wedding gown which has influenced brides since then and will for years to come.
The Diademe: She chose a wreath of orange blossoms to wear in her hair.
The Veil: She wore a handmade Honiton lace veil.
The Attendants: Her 12 bridesmaids were similarly attired in shades of white.
Memorable Details: Queen Victoria recorded in her journal on Monday, February 10, 1840, "I wore a satin gown with a very deep flounce of Honiton lace, imitation of old. I wore my Turkish diamond necklace
and earrings, and Albert's beautiful sapphire brooch." Queen Victoria married her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in the Chapel Royal, St James’s.
Prince Pieter-Christiaan & Anita van Eijk August 25 & 27, 2005, Apeldoorn and Noordwijk
The Dress: For the civil service, Anita donned a two-piece ensemble by Andrew Ng, who is originally from Singapore (where the bride spent some time) and is now based out of Paris. The three-quarter-length jacket and knee-length skirt was made of silk with coral-inspired print in emerald green with accent colours of turquoise and yellow. The sleeves and neckline were adorned with wide bands of jade stones. The bride wore a hairpiece of yellow silk flowers with leafs of green cinamay and yellow heels. Frans Hoogendoorn designed the bride's cream-coloured satin duchesse gown for the religious service. The off-the-shoulder gown featured a lace decollete and lace sleeves. The train was three-metres long.
The Diademe: The Ears of Wheat tiara, which can be worn with two, four, six or all eight ears of wheat. The tiara originally belonged to Queen Sophie and over the years has been worn by Queen Wilhelmina, the groom's grandmother, Queen Juliana, and his mother, Princess Margriet. The groom's sister-in-laws, Princess Mariléne and Princess Annette both wore this tiara on their wedding days.
The Ceremony: At the civil service, four friends stood in as witnesses for the couple: Floris Leewens en Eelco de Graaf for the groom and Sandra Chollet and Saskia Lahaye-Meulemans for the bride. The afternoon religious service took place at the Grote of St. Jeroenskerk in Noordwijk. The groom arrived in full military regalia, escorting his mother, Princess Margriet, radiant in fuschia pink. The music at the ceremony included a mix of classical music (Handel's A toi la Gloire and Schubert's Ave Maria) and contemporary pop music (German pop singer Katie Mulia's Nine Million Bicycles).
The Attendants: The groom's nieces, Anna van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven and Isabella van Vollenhoven and the bride's nephew Eric van der Toorn-van Eijk.
The Flowers: The bride carried a rounded bouquet in the Biedermeier style for the civil service. The bouquet's colours were inspired by the bride's suit: Yellow-centred roses with soft green petals, cream roses, and green hydrangeas. For the religious ceremony, the bride carried a small bouquet of green and cream roses with short dangling vines. Sixteen thousand flowers were used to decorate the church in Noordwijk.
Memorable Detail: The bride and groom used a Mercedes-Cabriolet 380 SEL on their wedding day, of which only 12 was made worldwide. The car had previously been used by the groom's grandmother, the late Queen Juliana, who used it on a trip through Italy. The men in the bride and groom's immediate families (fathers and brothers) donned satin yellow ties for the civil ceremony and apple green ties for the religious ceremony. The groom's cousin, Princess Mabel, wore a dress that her mother-in-law, then Crown Princess Beatrix, now Queen, wore at her engagement to her husband, the late Prince Claus.