But one Royal bride who did break the rules a little was Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. Instead, when she walked down the aisle to wed Prince Andrew in 1986, she wore a floral crown instead.
However, even though she was breaking from tradition, there was a significance behind it. The crown featured gardenias, which were her future husband’s, and matched her bouquet, which was unconventionally small for a Royal bride.
Then there was the killer secret. After the ceremony, the floral crown was lifted, to reveal a tiara underneath. The diamond tiara, with a centre stone of five carats surrounded by floral scrollwork, was specially commissioned by the Queen as a wedding present.
This was also unusual as brides tend to borrow heirlooms rather than buying new jewellery.
It was all rather symbolic, as Sarah entered the church as a young bride with flowers on her head, signifying hope and purity, and left the church with a tiara, showing she was now officially part of the Royal family.
The devil’s in the detail as they say.