Like most of the nation when the royal engagement was announced I was overwhelmed with excitement... from the moment the news broke (I heard via Twitter) I have been following all things royal wedding since.
The press conference made me get all emotional as it was clear that William and Kate are very much in love and it's so lovely to see.
Everyone's attentions including mine quickly turned to: 'what will she wear?' Every designer in the land is waiting for the call, although I am sure the designer has already been chosen and that the dress is well underway, and I am dying to see what our modern-day princess will wear.

Like all designers I can't help dreaming about how I would dress and style Kate for her special day. If I had been the 'chosen' one this is how I would have dressed and styled the princess-to-be. I would play up to Kate's English Rose beauty and young and fresh style.

Kate is true English Rose with a touch of glamour and effortless chic, and her dress choice should reflect her personality and her modern-day fairytale wedding to the Prince.

I would dress Kate in a soft vintage-style lace gown decorated with pearls and crystals and with a soft shoulder strap detail, and finish the gown off with a brooch from the Royals' treasure box! I would keep Kate fresh, young and stylish with a fashion edge without compromising her elegant chic style.

For brides wanting to create the princess look for her special day why not look through the archives of past royal brides for inspiration, and mix it with your personality and style to create a modern-day princess look.

It is no doubt that we have a future fashion icon in Kate - she has already gone from Katie to Kate the future Queen of England overnight and now her every fashion move including of course and most importantly her wedding dress will inspire a new trend. In a matter of hours from Kate walking down the aisle we will see copy-cat designs and looks all over the bridal scene. Hundreds of brides-to-be will want to recreate 'the Kate' look for their special day and designers will be adding in 'the Kate' style to their collections.

For those brides who can't wait until the wedding to create their princess look and style, you don't have to as there are lots of royal weddings to get inspiration from. My all-time favourite royal bride has got to be Grace Kelly. American actress Grace Patricia Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956 in two separate ceremonies: a civil ceremony on April 18 and in a Catholic Mass on April 19. The wedding was called "The Wedding of the Century" and is still considered one of the most beautiful weddings ever and I could not agree more. Everything about Grace was perfect. The wedding dress consisted of a rounded collar, full skirt of ivory peau de soie, and a fitted bodice made from Brussels lace embroidered with seed pearls. The lace was over a century old and had flower designs in it. 25 yards of silk taffeta and 100 yards of silk net were used in the construction of the dress.... wow, now that is what I call a bridal gown!

My top five tips to being a princess bride are -

Choose a gown with a shoulder strap or sleeve as all royals do.

Accessorise with vintage-inspired jewels.

A long veil is very romantic and regal.

Choose a long train... the longer the better!

Marry a prince... this may not be as easy as doing the above four!

I can't wait for 29/4/2011 to see our modern-day royals marry and I am eagerly awaiting my invite in the post!

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