If there’s a lesson to be learned from last Friday’s royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, it’s this: traditions can be wonderful and beautiful things!

Certainly most of the “royal” details don’t really apply to our day-to-day lives – Tiara? 9-foot train? Crazy feathered hats? Horse-drawn carriage? Not so much. But if we dial it down to our real lives, it’s worth noting how important traditions are to us, whether on a daily basis or for special family celebrations. Take the time to iron your grandmother’s linen tablecloth, and use it for a special family dinner. Make the guest bed with an heirloom quilt, even if it’s not the most stylish or latest design. Serve the “same old” spaghetti recipe for birthdays… or bake those best-ever cookies to celebrate a good report card. It doesn’t matter how big or small the event – there are only so many royal weddings, after all! And it doesn’t matter how flashy or fancy the tradition. What matters is just that you do it – honor your family and other relationships by repeating actions and routines that tie us to the past.

That’s our takeaway from the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. (Well, that plus: we should wear more hats in the USA!)