Two Royal Weddings in the last decade ~ how thrilling!

With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s grand event on the way, we are obsessed with all the exciting details! Because everything bridal is our passion, we thought you might find the info we discovered as fascinating as we have!  So, her are some of our royal wedding musings…

The Beginning

One of the first questions we ask our brides is “How did you meet your fiancé and how did he propose?” How did Meghan meet her prince?  Pop Sugar reported that Miss Markle, an actress/model, had been filming for her most recent episode of “Suits” in Toronto (May 2016) and was introduced to the prince through a mutual friend. Prince Harry was in Toronto launching the third season of the Invictus Games, that he had created.  Wikipedia tells us that ‘Invictus’ is Latin for ‘unconquered’ and is an international, paralympic-style, multi-sport event, in which injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans take part in sports challenges.
It was just 16 months later that their connection became compelling enough for Prince Harry to pop the question!

The Proposal

While Markle has been mostly recognized and criticized for her extreme casualness, reporters weren’t shocked when they learned how Harry proposed. The couple reported in an interview, that they were trying to roast a chicken when Harry got down on one knee and asked the magical question. Meghan said. “It was so sweet and natural and very romantic.”  Prince Harry designed the beautiful engagement ring himself, which has a large diamond from Botswana in the center and two smaller stones from Princess Diana on each side.

The Dress

The designer of Meghan’s wedding gown is still unknown. However, the dress itself has been reported to cost a whopping $546,000+. Rumors state that it is likely to be designed by the one and only Alexander McQueen, who is also known to have designed Kate Middleton’s (AKA the Duchess of Cambridge) dress in 2011.  Perhaps Meghan’s dream dress will be similar to the one she wore as her character Rachel in ‘Suits’?

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The Royal Wedding

The couple has set their wedding date for May 19th at St. Georges Hall within Windsor Castle. Town  & Country reported that approximately 600 guests have been invited to the ceremony and then lunch, which is being hosted by the Queen.  Kensington Palace also shared that “later that evening, around 200 guests are being invited to the reception at Frogmore House given by The Prince of Wales.”  Other vendors that have been selected:

Claire Ptak – Wedding Cake

  • A Lemon Elderflower cake frosted with spring themed colors.

Philippa Craddock – Floral Designer

  • While details are still scarce about many aspects of the Royal Wedding, there is one thing we know for certain: the bride’s bouquet will feature myrtle, as it’s tradition for every royal bouquet to include the evergreen shrub. Additional flowers at the wedding will include white garden roses, foxgloves and peonies. The blooms will be donated to charity following the celebration.

The couple’s wedding over all, has been estimated to cost over $44.9 million. Prince William and Kate’s wedding was reported to have been $20 million less, and we thought that wedding was amazing! As May is just around the corner, we cannot wait to get a look inside the royal wedding, as it will definitely be an affair replicated by many future brides!

The Royal Marriage

What will the couple’s last name be? Like other descendants of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Harry’s surname is Mountbatten-Windsor.  Meghan’s new name by marriage, according to the Official Royal Website, and Town & Country Magazine, could be Rachel Meghan Mountbatten Windsor (Rachel being her given name at birth). Royals rarely use their surname, but rather their title, along with their first name.  The Queen will likely grant Harry a royal dukedom on his wedding day — giving Harry and Meghan the titles Duke and Duchess, likely of Sussex. Sources at Newsweek state that the title of Princess is traditionally used for heirs born into the family. Being married into the family, Meghan will most likely be called Duchess Meghan of Sussex.

Congratulations to the royal couple to be, Harry and Meghan, the future Duke & Duchess!