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royal wedding place cards from Vintage TweeIt’s been a little while since we heard from alternative royal bride Cat Muddleton, but I really think things are hotting up on the wedding planning front for English Wedding’s very own princess bride – with just three months until her wedding day.

Royal wedding favour box by Vintage TweeThe wedding venue is agreed, guests are having outfits designed and hats made, top UK chefs are having a televised competition to create an exciting menu for the wedding breakfast* and top secret wedding dressmakers have been squirreled away to a top secret workshop full of silkworms, diamonds and elves.

royal wedding lottery ticket holders from Vintage Twee*probably

However, Cat Muddleton is in a quandary. She’s looking for “something fabulous to put on the tables”. We had a chat yesterday and she wanted a little help finding affordable wedding favours to fit a royal wedding theme. Easy peasy…

I showed Cat Muddleton Tuesday’s blog post all about Vintage Twee. Bless her, our alternative royal bride squealed and ran around the house before picking up the phone and gasping her excitement. She LOVED it! The lady clearly has taste.

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Mia Sposa - High Street bridalwear collection

It’s been a few days since I’ve heard from my newest best friend and royal-bride-alike Cat Muddleton. Now rumour has it she’s been looking for a wedding dress… and naturally she came to English Wedding for some down to earth advice.

Cat told me she’s seen hundreds of wedding dresses online and is frankly a little dazzled by the choice. It’s something I hear again and again: there are so many wedding dress styles to choose from, and you can browse online till you’re dizzy, find a few you love but still be wondering whether they’ll suit you.

My advice to brides is always to put the laptop down and go and try wedding dresses on. Find a good bridal store, book an appointment, and go and see what suits you and what you really love.

I suggested Cat visit Mia Sposa (who’d very usefully just sent me a press release) – they’re a high street brand so prices are affordable for most UK brides. They stock traditional wedding dresses with contemporary designs. Pretty pictures for you first (these are Cat’s favourites from the Coco Couture collection) and then the press release is below.

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Willy Buckingham is – believe it or not – similar in many ways to Prince William. He’s as good as the royal groom and just happens to be getting married in April! So we’re following his wedding planning adventures (he calls them trials) on English Wedding alongside his fiancée Cat Muddleton.

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Prince William. Willy Buckingham is just like him!

Our alternative royal groom Willy Buckingham is 28 and lives with his dad, his brother and his grandparents. They’re quite posh.

Willy has an enormous extended family, who are always getting into scrapes and having adventures. He studied art history and geography at university then did a gap year before deciding to be a pilot. (Every toddler’s dream.) He can fly aeroplanes and helicopters and has got actual wings so he’s brilliant at flying.

Having achieved all his most recent ambitions, he’s now looking into being a farmer, dinosaur keeper, train driver and a fire engine.

rice krispie cakes are Willy Buckingham's favourite

photo credit: www.good-morning-campers.co.uk

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Cat Muddleton is going to be English Wedding‘s answer to Kate Middleton. How lucky are we to have found a bride-to-be with so many (spooky) similarities to our future Princess Catherine?!

Kate Middleton looks like Cat Muddleton

Kate Middleton: a bit like our very own Cat Muddleton, only different. A bit. Which is real?

But it gets better: our very own Cat Muddleton is going to share her stories, inspiration and advice for an affordable, alternative royal-themed wedding.

Cat Muddleton (real name Catherine, friends call her Kate, she prefers Cat as “it’s sexier”) is 28, the first child of fighter pilot parents. Her brother and sister are thrilled at her engagement. She has a degree in art history (fancy that!) and is as beautiful as she is brainy!

A slinky brunette with an eye for fashion, Cat will try anything and loves an adventure. She says, “Wedding planning is the most challenging thing I’ve tried yet!” but she’s looking forward to her wedding in April already.

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The letter from Cat Muddleton about her royal-inspired wedding to Willy Buckingham got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be nice to make a big feature of this lovely down-to-earth couple as they plan their April wedding.

Not the royal wedding - about Cat's letter

After much deliberation I made the huge decision to drop all existing plans for coverage of the royal wedding on English Wedding. No point doing anything by halves, is there.

Anyway, I like Cat Muddleton. She’s charming and will make a wonderful alternative princess bride. She’s as real as you and me* and she’s planning an affordable and exciting wedding day.

Cat Muddleton alternative princess bride

Cat Muddleton is a bride on a budget, looking for advice from English Wedding – and by that I mean from me and from every fellow bride-to-be and wedding supplier who has advice to share.

Cat is also willing to share her innermost secrets with English Wedding as she sets out on her wedding planning journey. She’s also a bit obsessed with the royal wedding so I’m sure she can keep me up to date with all the latest from Kate & Will too!