Grazia Daily Royal Wedding blogger, Alex Butt, has been left devastated after learning that Lady Elizabeth Anson and her event company ‘Party Planners’ have been hired to organise the wedding party for Kate Middleton and Prince William on April 29th.
‘Whilst I didn’t actually inquire about the role of wedding party planner, per se’ says Alex, ‘I did assume that Kate and William would be reading my blog and also probably checking out my facebook page, and would eventually get round to asking me if I was free on the 29th’. But what makes it even more hurtful is that Alex believes nepotism may be behind the decision. ‘Lady Elizabeth’s brother is (society photographer) Lord Lichfield’ says Alex, ‘and my brother works in insurance. How am I supposed to compete with a profile picture like hers?'
Lady Elizabeth [above] has a wealth of experience when it comes to organising royal celebrations, having planned the Queen’s 80th celebration at the Ritz in 2006, as well as parties for the weddings of Charles and Diana and Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. Alex, though having no ACTUAL experience of organising weddings, did put some flowers in teapots for a friend’s wedding last year, and he also once blagged some space at a bar for a wedding that was later featured in Cosmo Bride. He also has what his grandmother used to call ‘a keen eye’.
Here, in a rather huffy tone, Alex [above] lays out what he would have organised for the royal couple’s big day had they been BOTHERED to ask him.
- Invitations: The white card invitations that were issued last month are lovely, but, considering the world’s finest designers are at Kate and William's beck and call, they COULD be considered a touch dull. How about going down the Smythson route and getting the likes of Holly Fulton or Giles Deacon to design them? After seeing the sketches for Kate’s wedding dress in November, I would have asked Karl Lagerfeld to come up with something.
- Music: As previously reported on these very pages, Kate and William are likely to opt for Dad-rock for their wedding, what with it being an event of international significance. Which is a shame, since pretty much any artist on the planet would give their right lung to perform at the wedding. I would book Adele for the early evening, then hire the cast of Glee to get everyone on the dance floor, and finally ask Beyonce to perform a midnight set with a cameo from Gaga for ‘Telephone’.
- Flowers: Kate can have a tendency to be a bit matchy-matchy (as evidenced by last week’s hot-mum-on-graduation-day red suit) so I’d probably try to steer her towards something a bit looser and younger; like white hydrangeas and peonies in roughly tied bouquets, maybe with mint and basil interspersed with them. The wedding is going to be super-grand anyway, and I like the idea of doing something a bit more low-key with the floral arrangements.
- Cake: Frankly, anyone who watched the episode of ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ with a cake that measured 12 x 4 feet knows that Kate and William are onto a loser with anything less impressive than that. Add to this the fact that William’s parents had 27 cakes at their nuptials, and you realise that there’s no room for subtlety here. I would suggest a precise recreation of their first meeting, in the style of Mariah Carey’s 35th Birthday. Surely Kate’s brother James, a cakemaker, could rise to the challenge?
- Food: As also reported by Grazia Daily earlier this year, the food is likely to be ‘simple, British’ cuisine, which sounds yum. I’d employ the skills of the good people at Bistrotheque, though that might be a bit too Shoreditch for Princess Michael of Kent. As an aside, I don’t know how Kate’s table manners are (probably immaculate) but I once had a friend who was so terrified of spilling food on herself at her wedding that she arranged for a special menu just for her, consisting only white food (white fish, potato, lemon cheesecake) which could be a plan for Miss Middleton, if she’s concerned about spillage on the
- And finally: Favours. Does anyone actually care about wedding favours? I mean, really? Seriously? No.
- Alex Butt. In a strop.