Just in case you have been living under a rock for the last six months, the nuptials between Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton took place this morning. Since the ceremony took place at 11 AM in London, viewers stateside had to tune in at 6 AM ET to catch the ceremony. Of course, pre-wedding coverage started well before that; to wit, most networks started their broadcasts from the wedding site at 4 AM ET. Because it was started so early in the morning, only die-hard followers of the royal family, insatiable wedding-watchers, and night owls were awake to watch the ceremony.
Although many news networks and broadcast networks aired the wedding, online coverage of the royal wedding drew record levels of Internet traffic. Time has named the event the “sixth-biggest Web event ever,” which makes sense, given that the couple initially announced their engagement via social networks Twitter and Facebook before they went to traditional media outlets.
Despite a slight chill to the air and the threat of rain, the ceremony transpired without issue. In recognition of their special day, Queen Elizabeth has bestowed the title of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge upon the newlyweds. While many people fail to understand the allure of royal weddings, many of us welcome the distraction. Even though the British monarchy has lost much of its power over the years, it still retains much of the pomp, ceremony, and symbolism that make people long for simpler times.
And let’s face it. Most people love a good wedding, and the British royal family knows how to put on a good wedding.
Frequent visitors to the InkHead blog may remember the post we made back in November after William and Kate had announced their engagement, where we looked at some promotional products that would work great as wedding favors. In light of today’s ceremony and the upcoming summer wedding season, I thought it only appropriate to look at some more custom wedding favors that would make fabulous mementos of your big day.
As much as we would hate for it to rain on your big day, a custom umbrella would keep your guests’ heads dry just in case the unthinkable happened at your outdoor wedding or reception.
InkHead has several umbrellas to choose from, ranging from ultra-small folding umbrellas to large golf umbrellas. And even if the weather cooperates and it doesn’t rain, your guests will surely appreciate the useful gift well after the big day has passed.
Likewise, if you’re planning an outdoor wedding in the summer, a personalized hand fan with the details of your wedding will make a gift that wedding guests can use to themselves cool.
The hand fans keep wedding attendees comfortable, and they will also add an air of elegance and class to the affair. Unless you’re having a relatively small wedding, you will want to go with paper hand fans, as they are less expensive and it’s unlikely many of your guests will need the fans after they depart the ceremony.
If you are seeking a wedding favor that’s a bit more traditional and could be used regardless of where the wedding and reception are held, then go with always-in-demand custom koozies.
Not only will be guests be able to use them at the reception, but they will be able to take them home with them to remind them of the enjoyment your wedding brought them.
If you’re planning your own wedding and want a personalized wedding favor that will convey your heartfelt appreciation to your guests, look no further than our selection of Custom Personalized Umbrellas, Custom Hand Fans, and Imprinted Koozies.
Although I didn’t wake up at 4 AM to watch the wedding coverage, the photos I have seen from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding are beautiful. That said, I am glad that the ceremony is over…our 24-hour news cycle has steadily been hyping the wedding for the last month, and I’m nearing the point of utter satiation. I know at least one person is ready for all this wedding talk to be over…