1. Traditions can be Beautiful.
Sometimes it feels like a race to see who can have the most original wedding. Most original ceremony, original dress, original first dance. You name it and someone is trying to find a way to make it unique to their wedding. The royal wedding ceremony was done exactly the way it has been done for hundreds of years and it was still romantic and sentimental to watch even though it was the same. The vows Wills and Kate* said were the same vows (with the exception of 'obey') that his parents and grandparents said. Not once did I feel like 'gee, I wish they said their own vows'.
So many people have commented about how much her dress looked like Grace Kelly's but Grace's dress was a classic. Having a similar dress in no way undermined how beautiful Kate looked.
Yes traditional is beautiful but that doesn't mean you can't add your own flair. Trees??! In the Abbey!?! Who does that.... Oh yeah, Kate Middleton.
3. Undergarments are important
I might get skewered for saying this but Kate really needed a better bra for her second dress.
4. Weddings are about your guests too
In their official program, Will and Kate put a special message to their guests thanking them for coming and how loved and supported they felt. People could not stop talking about the how great it was that they addressed their guests.
Anything you learned from getting up at 5am to watch that you plan on incorporating in your big day?
*Yes I know that their names are HRH William Duke of Cambridge and Duchess Catherine but if they knew me we would totally be BFF and they would approve of me using their nicknames. Just saying.