As you will already have read in this week's Grazia magazine, wedding fever has left Grazia towers literally overcome. Lily! Mossy! Josephine! And it's not just the brides who are whetting our fashion palettes - what will the guests wear? Of course, everyone knows that the number 1 thing to avoid when it comes to wedding-guest-dress is never to outdress the bride. If only everyone was so au fait with the rules...
To be fair, a woman who had launched her career by wearing a dress made of safety pins was never going to opt for the most demure outfit when she attended the wedding of Henry Dent-Brocklehurst and Lili Maltese in 1998. We guess they weren’t expecting Elizabeth Hurley to flash a chain mail thong, though…
Mossy! For all the right reasons, Katy England and Bobby Gillespie took something of a back seat at their wedding as Kate Moss completely stole the show in a cornflower blue short suit in 2006.
You didn’t think we were going to leave this one out did you? Beatrice’s pretzel hat and Eugenie’s Vivienne Westwood number at this year’s royal wedding secure them both a place on the list.
Doesn’t Victoria Beckham make a lovely bride? In a floor length off-white lace gown, with a miniature David Beckham handbag at her side… Hang on a minute! This isn’t HER wedding. Rule #2 for wedding dress etiquette – never, ever, ever dress like a bride if it’s not your big day. Red card.
Isabella Blow was not a woman known for her shy and retiring approach to dressing - this is, after all a woman who was married herself in a purple velvet medieval gown with Philip Treacy helmet – so we imagine Clementine Hambro and Orlando Fraser weren’t surprised by her choice of tartan McQueen and a taxidermy pigeon headpiece for their 2006 wedding.
An outfit this bad should be consigned to history, right? Well yes – unless you’re Princess Anne. Although this, erm, ensemble managed to stay under the radar at the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana in 1981 (we were too busy looking at the bride), Lady Rose Windsor wasn’t so lucky when she married George Gilman in 2008 – all eyes were on Anne, sporting the exact same outfit she’d worn twenty six years earlier. Pictured above with Prince Edward in '81 and '08 - it kinda looks like they've been on a really, really long walk, doesn't it?
- Alex Butt