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Royal DOs

By Nancy Arcayna

LAST UPDATED: 2:09 a.m. HST, Apr 29, 2011

You’ve found your prince, chosen the perfect dress and have all of the makings to become a princess on your special day. And while you may not be in line to the throne, you can still achieve an elegant affair befitting a royal wedding. It’s all in the details.

Distinctive location

“Love Never Faileth” are the words welcoming couples to stately Central Union Church, photo below, on Beretania Street (, 947-5069), built in 1927 and capable of seating 1,000 of your closest friends and family. “For the wedding to feel regal, find a church or somewhere with a stunning entryway,” said wedding planner Sandra Williams of Finishing Touch. “Central Union Church has that white, classic feel. And the aisle is 78 feet long.” The $1,600 sanctuary rental fee includes minister, pre-marriage counseling, wedding director services, organist, rehearsal day, venue setup and cleanup. Or walk in the footsteps of royalty at Kawaiaha‘o Church, known as the “Westminster Abbey of the Pacific”; (, 532-3302).

Set the stage

Naomi Lee of Les Saisons, a linen rental company (, 636-1704), dressed this formal table with a satin underlay in navy and an embellished gold lace overlay fit for a sovereign. Layered satin napkins in royal navy and vintage gold are wrapped in a blue crystal adornment reminiscent of the sapphire engagement ring that once belonged to Prince William’s mother, Diana. The linens for the one table cost around $100. The chairs are draped in an angel-white taffeta pintuck crystal- and gold-accented tablecloth, which can be rented for $20 each. Table cards provided by Miemiko Atelier (277- 6999). The grand candelabra floral centerpiece by Evan Morita of Florist Grand (589-1382) includes white and ivory roses, lily of the valley, lisianthus, fritillaria and ivy for a princely sum of $500. For the duo’s English breakfast tea setting, see

Arrive in style

Prince William and Kate Middleton were to be transported from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace in a century-old, horse-drawn carriage with gold trim. For a similar experience, contact Honolulu Horse and Carriage, where rentals start at $395 for a half-hour, or go full princess in the Cinderella carriage for an additional $125, glass slippers not included (, 924-7895).

Love in bloom

This resplendent bridal bouquet by Sueveangela Yamaguchi of Su-V Expressions (, 593-8989) makes a sophisticated statement at $350. It includes white bloomed roses, Patience roses from David Austin, lilacs, peonies, hyacinth, dusty miller and ranunculus, most imported from Ecuador, Holland and other countries.

A crowning touch

Every guy looks like a prince when dressed in traditional formal attire. Wedding planner Sandra Williams suggests classic tuxedos for the groom and a long train and elaborate veil for the bride. “A tiara is almost a must,” she said, and you can’t go wrong with timeless pearls. Casablanca Bridal & Formals (941-4696) has an array of high-end tiaras from $195 to $375. For brides with royal tastes but a commoner’s budget, Claire’s at your neighborhood mall offers surprisingly classy-looking versions at a fraction of the cost. Or bring some bling to a simple gown with a Pronovias jeweled belt for $260 at Casablanca.

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