Big details on the big day! Pippa Middleton, who’s engaged to hedge fund manager James Matthews, caught the world’s attention with her figure-flattering bridesmaid dress at Duchess Kate’s 2011 wedding to Prince William. Now, Pippa’s planning her own ceremony, and Us Weekly has all the exclusive details on her date, along with the location, dress and more.
Middleton, 33, and Matthews, 41, will wed on May 20, 2017, at the St Mark’s Englefield in Berkshire, a source tells Us. They’ve already sent the save the dates out, too. After the pair of two years walks down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs. Matthews, guests will travel seven miles away to Carole and Michael Middleton’s home in Bucklebury for the reception. The party will be held in a luxury marquee in the garden, but the entire grounds of their home will be used.
And of course, the fete will be a family affair. “Princess Charlotte is going to be one of the flower girls,” the source continues. “They’re planning for Prince George to be a page boy.” While Duchess Kate won’t be a bridesmaid, she’ll likely do a reading at the ceremony.
We already have a good guess a few more important aspects of the main event. In November, celeb-loved designer Giles Deacon was spotted carrying garment bags into her home, raising speculation that he’ll be crafting her gown. And in September, Middleton visited Lavender Green florist in Chelsea, London, to view bridal bouquets and arrangements. “She was inside looking at bridal bouquet mockups for an hour,” a second insider says. “Very chic, very classic. Think antique, ivory, and a twist like adding lace. She hasn’t picked the final look, but it was important to explore her options before going for bridal gown fittings. She took lots of photos on her phone and was really excited. She has a folder of magazine cuttings and pictures she has taken.”
In fact, the source describes the bride-to-be as a hands-on kind of gal. “Pippa has a specific vision and feels she’s learned enough about planning to get stuck into it herself rather than handing it all over to a planner,” the insider adds. “She doesn’t want it to be too expensive or look gaudy. Classic and elegant are two of the words she used to describe it.”
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