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Bridesmaid Names: Pippa and beyond

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The Royal Wedding has inspired Appellation Mountain’s Abby Sandel to look at bridesmaid names of the past as well as the present.

Wedding season is upon us. On Friday, Kate and William got things started with a bang, commanding a global audience in the billions. The number of journalists reporting on the nuptials far exceeded the number of notables inside Westminster Abbey, and every tiny detail was dissected – from the guest list to the guests’ hats.

Later in May, Judd Apatow’s latest flick, Bridesmaids, puts a very different spin on tying the knot. Saturday Night Live‘s Kristen Wiig co-wrote the script and stars as beleaguered maid of honor Annie. Wiig joins countless women who have donned bridesmaid dresses on the silver screen, but the flick promises to be unusual. Very few movies have put the tafetta-clad supporting players front and center.

It turns out that bridesmaids’ names are tricky to track down. Even the most high profile weddings list attendants as something of an afterthought. Edith Wharton‘s Age of Innocence mentions Newland Archer and May Welland’s eight bridesmaids more than once, but we hear more about their bouquets than their identities. In Father of the Bride, the quartet of lovely young women surrounding Elizabeth Taylor‘s Kay are equally nameless.

Dig a little deeper, and stylish options can be found among those supporting players. From high profile real life weddings to movie marriages, here are a few stand-outs.

Bettina – One of the legendary Grace Kelly‘s bridesmaids

Clementine - A tiny attendant in the 1981 wedding of Lady Diana Spencer to Prince Charles

Eliza – The youngest of William and Kate‘s bridal party

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