The carriages, the horses, the dignitaries, the limos, the hats, the morning coats. It was all great, but it was the dress we wanted to see.
And when Kate Middleton gathered up her train and stepped out of the car on her way to marry Prince William on April 29, she didn't disappoint.
Lace never looked so good.
I loved her wedding gown. I thought her choice — a dress by Sarah Burton, chief designer at Alexander McQueen — was spot on. (That sounded a bit British, didn't it?)
Every woman who attended the Royal Wedding watch party I was at was glued to the telly (there I go again) and had mostly favorable opinions about the gown. It didn't hurt that the beautiful bride was so radiant she was glowing.
A sweet touch was the 1936 Cartier halo tiara she wore as the "something borrowed" item in her wedding. It was given to Queen Elizabeth on her 18th birthday by the Queen Mum.
But as special as the tiara was, it was still all about the dress. The elegant creation was being knocked off by designers within minutes after it was first seen by 2 billion people. But not just by bridal gown designers.
The folks at the Franklin Mint were on their toes getting ready to make a collectible Kate Middleton bridal doll. Gwynne Gorr, a spokeswoman, said the "doll team" had gathered fabric swatches and laces for two months and made 12 different tiaras in preparation for making the doll.
She attributes the royal wedding madness to two factors.
"Many of us feel we have watched William from a baby. We saw him when he lost his mother and felt that pain and watched him grow up to be such an outstanding young man," she said.
And the other factor? "We all love a fairy tale," Gorr said. So true.
Gorr said she was "massively relieved" when she saw the dress. "I had heard about this designer and that designer, then I'd do some research and it was scary. But she did a perfect job of blending the past with the present," she said.
And now to the future.
Someday when Kate's child asks, "Mommy, did you have a big wedding?" she can say without hesitation, "You better believe it, baby."