The lace on her dress dated back to Queen Mary
A special square of Carrickmacross lace was sewn into her dress, and while its exact origins are unknown, the fabric dated all the way back to Queen Mary and was her 'something old' for the big day.
There was a tiny horseshoe charm hidden on the inside of the dress
Despite it not being visible to the eye, dressmakers David and Elizabeth Emanuel attached an 18-carat gold trinket studded with white diamonds to the label of the dress. And apparently, another token spent some time on the dress as Elizabeth apparently left a safety pin on the dress and didn't remember until the day after.
There was also a small blue bow sewn into the dress
Chosen as her 'something blue', Diana had a tiny blue bow sewn into the waistband of her dress. But that wasn't the only tradition she followed. Along with the antique lace and blue bow, her 'something new' was fabric made especially for Diana from a British silk farm and the Spencer family tiara was her 'something borrowed'.
The veil of the dress was significantly longer than the train
According to the married duo who designed Princess Diana’s wedding dress, Diana insisted that the train be made longer. Considering the impressive length of the train, this was no mean feat. With the train measuring in at 7.6 metres in length, the veil was made from 139 metre of tulle—the longest in royal history—and was held in place by her tiara.
It was adorned with 10,000 mother of pearl sequins and pearl embellishments
The intricate ivory taffeta gown featured elaborate embroidery and consisted of 10,000 pearls and pearl embellishments, making sure that no one could ever come close to replicating the stunning bridal look.
Princess Diana was sewn into the dress on the day
Leading up to the bid day, Princess Diana shed five inches from her waistline. The design team ended up making five different bodices for her wedding dress to accommodate her changing figure. And on the day, they sewed her into the final version to ensure a perfect fit.
The dress contained a small perfume stain which she tried to hide
There was a back-up dress made that has mysteriously disappeared
While Elizabeth Emanuel is adamant that they never made a duplicate version of the dress, she has admitted that they made an alternative version in case the original design was leaked to the press ahead of the wedding. Said back-up dress sported a much deeper neckline and didn’t come with any of the lace detailing. In a strange turn of events, the garment vanished from the studio and was never seen again.
The original wedding dress cost upwards of $198,000 to make
And her matching shoes included hers and Charles' initials
While the shoes were hardly visible beneath the hem of her gown, Princess Diana's silk slippers included 542 sequins and 132 pearls assembled in a heart-shaped design. The soles of the shoes were hand-painted and included the initials C and D on the arch, with the heels remaining quite low.
She also had a matching umbrella in case the weather turned
Designer Elizabeth Emanuel purchased two antique silk parasols and covered them with white and ivory fabric to prevent others knowing which one matched her dress. The umbrellas were hand-embroidered with pearls and sequins and trimmed with the same lave so that the umbrella coordinated with the gown. But thankfully, the wedding day remained dry and the umbrellas were of no use.
"It was made of such light material that it certainly wasn't waterproof," she told Daily Mail. "It wouldn't have done her much good!"