Chances are, if Meghan Markle likes it, so do we – whether it’s the clothes she wears, her favorite wine or her jewelry. Maybe it’s her sensitivity to LA, but there is an inherent accessibility to the Duchess of Sussex, even when it comes to her royal wedding. From her elegant invitations to the best wedding favor ever, we’ve highlighted the royal wedding tips every couple should steal for their nuptials, below.
Design a personalized engagement ring
Harry designed a personalized diamond ring with court jewelers Cleave and Company, combining a diamond with two smaller stones from Princess Diana’s collection. But you don’t need to have contact with the queen to design a personalized ring. Many independent jewelers will work with you on a unique piece, as will auction houses like Christie’s and Sotheby’s, provided you buy the original jewelry from them, of course.
Go for simple invitations
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Make no mistake, we love a bespoke painterly invitation, but there is something to be said for a minimal and elegant version. Harry and Meghan have followed the royal tradition by using the Barnard & Westwood stationery, which holds a royal warrant. Similar to William and Kate’s invitations, they featured text and a gold stamp of the Prince of Wales’s three-feather badge. To create your own fancy invitations, Smythson also has a royal warrant and Minted offers both letterpress and foil invitations to achieve the same look.
Request a wedding reading
Harry’s aunt and Diana’s older sister Baroness Jane Fellowes read the Song of Songs at the church ceremony, partly as a tribute to Diana. It can be difficult to choose how to honor your loved ones at your wedding. On the one hand, you might want them to feel present in some form or another, on the other hand, it can add emotion to an already overwhelming day. Choosing someone as a representative to give a reading at the ceremony can be a sweet and special moment.
Assemble a sentimental bouquet
Meghan’s bouquet was another detail referencing Diana and royal tradition. In addition to sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia, her all-white bouquet included forget-me-nots, which was Diana’s favorite flower, and a sprig of myrtle, which is part of all of them. royal bouquets from Daughter of Queen Victoria, wedding of Princess Victoria.
Pick an unexpected wedding cake
It’s not uncommon to forgo a wedding cake in favor of a different dessert, but there can be a lot of creativity in a seemingly simple cake. Royal wedding cakes are usually fruit cakes, but Meghan and Harry had a lemon elderflower cake created by Claire Ptak, a pastry chef who owns the London-based Violet Cakes bakery. It may not sound too wild for American readers, but it came as a shock to mainstream Brits.
Decorate with a floral arch
From an Indian wedding to a Jewish chuppah, a floral arch is an adaptable piece of decor that is always beautiful. Royal florist Philippa Craddock has incorporated seasonal local flowers with lots of greenery, including beech, birch and hornbeam branches, as well as white garden roses, foxgloves and peonies to create lush and romantic arrangements. Flowers were offered after the ceremony.
Give the wedding favor that people Truly Want to
At the after-party, Meghan and Harry gave guests a thoughtful and fun favor: slippers! Encourage guests to swing their hips and keep the dance floor in shape (trust us, they’ll appreciate these commemorative candles much more).
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