Grace Kelly Wedding Style
Grace Kelly is perhaps one of the most renowned American actresses in history, both for her roles one and off the big screen. Her wedding in 1956 to Rainier III, the Prince of Monaco, was dubbed “The Wedding of the Century,” and while little is known about the private ceremony that took place between the two lovers the day before, her public ceremony was one for the records. So what exactly does a Grace Kelly-inspired wedding look like?
Let’s start with the dress. Designed by Helen Rose, Princess Grace’s dress featured a rounded collar with a lace cover delicately covering the chest, which also trailed over a fitted bodice decorated with stunning seed pearls, and ended in a full skirt. Ivory in color, the dress was a mixture of taffeta and silk, and it is the inspiration for numerous dresses today.
As an engagement ring, she sported a 10.47-carat Cartier diamond, emerald cut and flanked with two baguette diamonds, all on a platinum setting (which was not nearly as commonplace back then as it is today). She wore a diamond and pearl necklace, bracelet, and earrings, made specifically for her by the esteemed jeweler Van Clef and Arpels. Her bouquet featured lily-of-the-valleys, and her headpiece was adorned in orange blossoms.
With a sleek up-do that showcased her stunning facial features, her wedding was both intricate and classic. Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of the entire event was the fact that, despite the seemingly endless possibilities when it came to funds, beauty and quality were lauded well above “flash.” And this, for many, is the epitome of a Grace Kelly-style wedding.