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How America's "Royal Wedding" compares to the real thing

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About 1,900 people were invited to attend the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. And as Britian's Royal Family prepares, our Beth Croughan found out how this compares to the local wedding held by a First Family.

KINGSTON, N.Y. -- This past July, all eyes were on the Hudson Valley.

"I know it definitely brought more business here," explained Karin Hlywiak of Cinderella for a Day Wedding Planning.

Dutchess County was the site of America's "Royal Wedding." It's where former first daughter Chelsea Clinton tied the knot.

"You know, there was a lot of talk and it did focus attention on Rhinebeck," said Judy Lewis, the owner of HudsonValleyWeddings.Com.

Leading up to the ceremony, there is plenty of speculation from the dress to the guest list. But afterwards...

"You really didn't hear too much about it afterwards. I didn't really find that anybody really followed anything or the trends," said Hlywiak.

"As a matter of fact, I have no recollection of what she was wearing," added Judy Lewis.

Something Lewis said won't be the case after Kate Middleton walks down the aisle.

"I spoke to the folks at Chamonix, they have a bridal salon in Rhinebeck. Their feeling is that the brides, that the engaged women are now waiting for the Royal Wedding to see what she's going to be wearing," she said.

She also spoke with staff at Kingston Fine Jewelery who told her they've already had requests for Kate's something blue.

"That blue sapphire with those diamonds around it," said Lewis.

And Lewis said staff at the specialty shop Vivian and Lulu in Rhinebeck are seeing another trend catch on.

"The phones are ringing off the hook because she's a hat person," she explained.

But it's not just the fashion that wedding planner Karin Hlywiak said brides will copy.

"She's going to bring back an element of tradition that has been lost," she said.

A tradition celebrated by dukes and duchesses and even us common folk in the colonies.

"I think we need a fairy tale. We need a happy ending, we need a happy beginning," remarked Lewis.

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