How would YOU fashion the royal wedding?
22 Jan 2018
Wedding businesses and brides-to-be share their predictions for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: SJ Illustrations)
Set to take place on Saturday, 19th May at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been the topic on everyone's lips since the royal engagement was announced. As we all eagerly anticipate how the wedding will look, a handful of wedding suppliers and brides-to-be share their predictions for all the main components of the big day and detail how you can recreate the regal look.
There can be few more stunning locations to celebrate a wedding than The Royal Chapel at Windsor, but Oxfordshire’s Blenheim Palace comes very close.
Emma Rogers, sales and events manager at Blenheim Palace, says: "Built in the 18th century to honour the military victories of the First Duke of Marlborough, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, this UNESCO World Heritage Site provides a unique historic backdrop for truly special occasions. Blenheim Palace is the only non-royal and non-episcopal building in the UK to hold the title of ‘Palace’, earning its own unique sense of regality. As befits a real-life Palace, guests can host their celebrations in the magnificent State rooms that have hosted royalty and celebrity guests for many years."
All eyes will be on Meghan's chosen dress come the big day. Will she opt for something that is timeless and elegant or more contemporary and chic? Undoubtedly, the bride-to-be will keep us guessing right up until the date, but here two brides-to-be share their predictions.
Sophie Elliott is getting married in May 2018 in Norfolk and says: "I think Meghan’s dress will utilise sheer fabric and lace, and will be quite form-fitting – a modern dress for a modern princess."
In contrast, Caroline Prince, who is eloping with her fiancé to the Rocky Mountains in Banff, Canada this May, says: "I predict the dress will be an ivory or champagne ball gown, not pure white at least. I think it will have an element of sparkle on it, displaying crystals and diamonds."
The photographs of the royal wedding will be shared and celebrated for years to come, but all photographers set to capture the big day should have one focus in mind.
Moritz Schmittat of Moritz Schmittat Photography advises: “Even though Megan and Harry’s wedding will be the most anticipated and followed wedding of the year, they are still simply two young people in love with each other. For me, as a professional wedding photographer, it’s more important than anything to capture their love, how they really are together. My mantra is: emotions come first, setting comes second. However, a royal wedding offers plenty of opportunities to combine these two elements - an intimate and personal moment in a grand and truly royal setting. In the picture below you can see a couple that just got married in the Houses of Parliament. For this picture I asked them to simply forget where they are and to forget that there were more than 100 tourists standing behind me looking at them. I asked them to simply be together and enjoy themselves."
While Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's 9ft wedding cake will take some beating, Prince Harry and Meghan's cake will surely be a masterpiece to behold.
Bride-to-be Karen Turner - marrying in Norfolk in May 2018, says: "I predict it will have a modern twist, perhaps several tiers but each one unique with unusual flavours and decorated to represent different areas of their lives. I wonder if there will be a novelty cake topper?"
The much anticipated arrivals of the bride- and groom-to-be will send the world into a frenzy as spectators yearn to get a first glimpse of the couple. But how will they choose to arrive in style? Kevin Kitteridge, director of Norfolk-based Silverline Limousines & Wedding Cars, details how Silverline would ensure the bride, groom and royal wedding party get to the church on time...
"Over the years the royals have predominantly used their own fleet of vehicles for their weddings but we feel here at Silverline we could offer alternative transport. Harry, William and the groom's party would arrive first at St George's Chapel in our stretched Hummer. The Queen and Prince Phillip would be chauffeured in a regal Daimler limousine which has been a favourite choice among the Royals for many years. For Meghan and the bridal party, we would offer our 1920s style Landaulette, a fabulous wedding car with a very swift up and down roof. After the ceremony, we would whisk the newlyweds off in our Beauford roadster for a spin around the Windsor Castle grounds before returning them safely to enjoy their reception at St George's Hall."
Meghan's yellow gold trilogy engagement ring was hailed a perfect choice, but how will the wedding rings shape up?
Chris Ellis, managing director of family-run jewellers Dipples in Norwich, says: "With such a perfectly classically styled engagement ring, my personal choice would be an uncomplicated, highly polished wedding band to complement and not detract from Meghan’s three diamond ring. Keeping with tradition, I would also have the ring made out of Welsh Gold, which also happens to be quite rare and precious, just like a royal wedding."
Florist Sam Garner who is tying the knot in May 2018 in Stock, Essex, says: "I think Meghan Markle's bridal bouquet will have a sprig of Myrtle, an evergreen shrub, which is the emblem of matrimony. It symbolises love and hope and has been used in royal brides' bouquets since the 19th century which will pay respect and tribute to the royals.
"I also think that she will have Lily of the Valley included in the bouquet to pay homage to Princess Diana; this also symbolises marital happiness. In tradition, royal wedding bouquets are white, green and neutral. In the past few royal weddings, the florist has been Shane Connolly who has a natural style and only uses British blooms. So my prediction is that they will keep with this trend but will change slightly and have more modern flowers. I think she will include some of her own favourite flowers in the bouquet; she is a big fan of peonies, which will be in season so this will express her personality well.
"While Kate had a small, simple bouquet in contrast to Diana's large cascading bouquet, I think she will go in the middle and have a loose, natural hand-tied style."