The Royal Wedding – Dorchester Style!Thursday, April 28th, 2011
So the waiting is almost over. The nation is united in its anticipation for the royal wedding tomorrow, and Dorchester is certainly no exception. The town has really got into the spirit of celebration, with the gathering at Maumbury Rings tomorrow expected to attract as many as two thousand people of all ages.
All this wedding excitement got us thinking: If Prince William and Kate Middleton were organising their wedding in Dorchester, where would they go? Where would they purchase the rings? Where would the dresses come from? Where would the guests purchase gifts?
Okay, so it’s a bit of a fanciful idea, but here it is anyway: Our guide to shopping for a royal wedding right here in Dorchester…
The royal family embody all the great values and traditions of the British Isles, so when it comes to the rings, they would surely want to buy from jewelers who had the expertise to design and craft everything here in the UK, and had over 100 years combined family experience of doing so.
Hardy’s Jewellers has all of that and more. They have their own in-house designer, and can make wedding rings of any metal, colour, and style to fit your exact wishes. The one thing that their rings all have in common though is that they are all entirely made in England, to the very highest possible standards.
One of the biggest sources of speculation surrounding the royal wedding is Kate’s dress. What will it look like, and who will design it?
In Dorchester we are fortunate to be the home of Wedding Time, a bridal salon with many beautiful dresses created by some of the world’s finest designers.
A bride-to-be like Kate could purchase a dress from acclaimed design names such as Ian Stuart and Sasha James, and could also buy or order shoes and a veil at the same time.
A lot of people have commented on how Will and Kate seem like a very modern 21st century royal couple, without any of the stuffiness that is sometimes attached to the older royals, so it is likely that they would want to bring a fresher, younger feel to whichever palace they move into once married.
Wedding guests looking for a piece of stylish, contemporary homeware to help feather the nest of the royal newlyweds would be spoilt for choice in Dorchester.
The homeware department at Goulds is full of superb wedding gifts, with everything from colourful Emma Bridgewater designer crockery to the latest African Sky vases from Poole Pottery.
Similarly, On The Table has an outstanding range of edgy, boundary-pushing modern tableware, with plenty of options which are sure to add a bit of style and character to any home, even if it’s a royal palace!
There are a whole host of other wedding-related retailers in Dorchester, so apologies to those you didn’t get a mention here. If you’d like to send us your own wedding ideas, we’d love to hear from you!