It is no longer news that the whole world can’t wait to witness Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s tie the knot. The royal wedding is scheduled to hold on Saturday, May 19, 2o18 at the St. Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Meghan Markle became engaged to Prince Harry on November 27, 2017, and ever since the public has been anticipating the couple’s wedding.
Meghan and Harry’s wedding is sure going to be different from Kate Middleton and Prince Williams’ and here’s everything you need to know about the wedding of the moment.
1. THE WEDDING VENUE
Unlike Prince William and Kate Middleton who got married at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be wed in Windsor Castle.
2. THE WEDDING DRESS
Following in the footsteps of her soon-to-be sister-in-law, Markle will reportedly wear two gowns, one to the ceremony, and one to the reception.
The plan is for her to change after the ceremony so that she can party the night away in something glamorous and less restrictive. Meghan has reportedly picked a wedding dress designer, and fittings have begun at Kensington Palace.
Although there are not many details about the wedding dresses, there is the talk of some lace and sleeves and Meghan has been working very closely with the designer who has been sworn to secrecy. We’ll just have to wait until the wedding day to see what they have in store.
3. THE BRIDAL PARTY
The bride made it easy for herself when it came to a bridal party, and decided to forgo a maid of honor. Her bridesmaids will all be children, including, as per British tradition, and they’ll be accompanied by page boys.
There’ll be 10 bridesmaids and page boys including Prince George and his sister, Princess Charlotte. The other kids are godchildren of Harry and Meghan.
4. THE WEDDING CAKE
Harry and Meghan have also chosen a cake designer, Claire Ptak of Violet Cakes, will be making the couples lemon-elderflower wedding cake.
5. THE BOUQUET
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, designed by London-based florist Philippa Craddock. The blooms will be donated to charity following the celebration.
6. THE GUESTS
Invitations have been posted to 600 lucky guests, with a select 200 close friends invited to an after party at Frogmore House, in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The couple does not have an official list of political leaders on the guest list, which means neither Prime Minister Theresa May or US President Donald Trump will be going, and former US President Barack Obama has also missed out.
Meghan’s Dad, Thomas Markle Snr had been intending to travel from his Mexico home to the UK to meet his future son-in-law for the first time, as well as the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. He was also intending to walk Ms. Markle down the aisle on Saturday, meeting her at the chapel’s west door after her drive to the ceremony with her mother.
But after disclosures about his alleged dealings with the paparazzi and reports he suffered a heart attack earlier this month, the 73-year-old said on Monday he would avoid the ceremony for fear of embarrassing his daughter.
7. WHO FOOTS THE BILL?
Tradition may suggest the bride’s family pay for the wedding expenses, but the Royals will be picking up the tab for Meghan and Harry’s celebration. “As was the case with the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Family will pay for the core aspects of the wedding, such as the church service, the associated music, flowers, decorations, and the reception afterward” reads a statement from Kensington Palace.