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Happy New Year to you all. Well, 2018 saw two royal weddings and the run of royal nuptials is set to continue in 2019 with the marriage of Lady Gabriella Windsor to Thomas Kingston, a financier, at St George's Chapel, Windsor. 37 year old Lady Gabriella is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.  
Prince Michael of Kent is the Queen's second cousin. There are also rumours that HRH Princess Beatrice may marry her boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, a property developer in 2019 but as yet there is no engagement.  
 
Sadly for avid wedding watchers (me, I confess) there will be no live coverage of Lady Gabriella's wedding but at Lychgate we are sure we will be treated to some extensive photographic coverage of the nuptials. In 2018 a long, long, etcetera, etcetera..... feature veil hit the headlines, but conversely so did no veil at all. A simple silk cady column gown made its mark but so did a fuller gown with train, made in a jacquard silk.  
 
So, my 5 top tips for 2019, in no particular order: 
 
1. 3d laces will continue to be popular and evolve. These, usually floral, but sometimes beaded or feathered, laces have some design elements that sit proud from the underlying net and are very striking.  
2. More printed or painted organzas. These unusual fabrics are bang up to the minute, very delicate and subtle and the patterns look fabulous over bare skin. Expensive, but oh so classy.  
3. Backless or strapless or cleavage but never the twain should meet.  
4. A simpler silhouette for flower-girls is going to be popular, emulating the charming designs chosen by royal brides in 2018. Gorgeous though small children in a wedding party should be their dresses should never out-do the bride's! 
5. On the other hand, an important first communion can always justify a bit of puff if balanced with a simple yet stylish bodice.  
 
Love as always 
 
Nic X 
 
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