Hosting Your 'Royal' Wedding
With the highly-anticipated royal wedding less than two months away, inspiration is swirling on social media for soon-to-be brides and grooms who are looking to wed like a royal. If you haven’t yet received your invitation to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, fear not. We can make all your fairytale dreams come true and Mark-le your momentous matrimony! The best way to do so is to incorporate these key details to create your own Meghan & Harry inspired nuptials.
1. First thing's first. You'll need to send invites to all the dames and gents on your guest list. Selecting a perfectly-themed invite from Tocci Calligraphy will get the jolly job done.
2. Host your guests at a historic venue.
As commoners we may not have access to Windsor Castle for the big day, however, you can still find an ornate church or grand estate to say your vows. If you're working with a tighter budget, we recommend doing things up with decor. It is easy to create an elaborate and elegant space inspired by the palatial surroundings of the royal family.
3. Get a grand gown.
Floor-sweeping gowns with detailed trains are a must for any princess or princess-to-be. Dresses historically worn by royals always feature lace and a dramatic train. With the last two Windsor weddings it seemed the longer the train, the better. Kate Middleton's train was 9 feet long and Princess Diana's was a stunning 25 feet in length!!
4. Don't forget to don your tiara.
Go full-on royal with a sparkly crown. After all, no princess bride's ensemble is complete without a dazzling tiara! Add it to a draping veil, Juliet veil or even wear it solo. There is some speculation as to which tiara Megan will select...will it be the famed Spencer tiara worn by both Princess Diana and Kate Middleton or will she choose from the royal jewels instead?
5. Establish a dress code.
The bigger the fascinator, the better. Tell your guests to channel Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie circa 2011. Obviously they will need a proper hat to complete their look. Can you even imagine what the Queen would say if she spotted you without one? Make this a dress-code must on your invites for added fun and photo-ops.
6. Create a charming carriage procession.
While your wedding may not draw thousands of onlookers, a horse-drawn carriage ride would add a royal touch to your special day. Post-vows, go for a carriage ride and spread the love with passersby. For an added touch, reveal a royal wave as you trot through the town.
7. Host a daytime celebration.
While many weddings tend to occur in the late afternoon or evenings, the royal family traditionally will say their "I Do's" earlier in the day. Not only does this allow you to take advantage of the longer daylight hours which provides more natural light for your photographer, but you will likely save a little money too, as your venue will require less in the way of specialty lighting, less decor as you can incorporate your natural surroundings if you have an event that is held both indoors as well as out, and lighter menu offerings such as a brunch or lunch, which tends to be less costly.
8. Select a Spring-themed cake.
For Meghan and Harry, a lemon and elderflower cake is their top choice. This confectionary delicacy will be covered in buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. As is royal tradition, however, the Queen will mail a piece with the thank you note to all attendees. While this is a lovely tradition, don't make your guests wait...let them eat cake! Be sure to make your wedding cake stand out with bright blooms and buttercream and perhaps even a tiara of its own.
9. Serve the Queen's own drop scone recipe.
The Queen made Scotch pancakes for President Dwight Eisenhower in 1960. Apparently the President and First Lady were such fans The first couple were such fans of the griddle cakes that the Queen sent them her personal recipe, following their return to the States. We suggest that you have your caterer pair the the sweet dish with fruit salad, and scones, or go full-English breakfast with eggs, sausage, bacon, beans, tomatoes, fried bread, and black and white pudding.
Take your cues from Meghan Markle herself. Given that she loves peonies. She posted this photo on Instagram in 2017. We expect to see the blooms in St. George's Chapel on her wedding day. If fresh flowers aren't your thing, you can always go all out with British themed bunting.
11. Add royal flair to your affair.
Surprise your guests with a royal-themed photo booth. This painted chalkboard sign will come in handy for some must-like Instagram party pics with your BFFs. You can even add princely crowns and tiaras for an additional dose of pagentry.
12. Can't forget the corgis!
A low-maintenance balloon version, of course. Because she wasn’t lucky enough already, Meghan also gets to play with the Queen’s corgis. (True fact: The pups love Meghan!) You may not be able to pet these princely pups, but at least you can decorate your bash with balloons that bare their visage. If balloons aren't your thing, then perhaps a gift to your future husband and his lucky lads...also featuring the Queen's famed doggos, this tie is an excellent outfit choice for all your dapper gent. They can even wear it to the office afterwards.
So, send invites off to all your favorite lords and ladies, noting the dapper dress code, of course, and get ready for a bloody good time!