With the royal wedding just days away, preparations are in full swing. From the cake to the flowers, venue and guest list; planning a wedding is no mean feat – never mind with the whole world watching. So what can we expect from the most anticipated wedding of the year? Well we’ve done some digging, and here’s what we predict for bride and groom’s big day.
While the official designer of Meghan’s dress won’t be revealed until the big day, rumours have been rife within the fashion industry since the proposal, with a couple of designers taking front runner. Initial bets were placed on Australian designer Ralph and Russo, given that Ms Markle donned one of their designs for her engagement portrait. Their style is opulent and decadent, so we wouldn’t be totally shocked if Meghan decided to wear one of their dresses for the big day.
Should Meghan stay true to her American roots, we reckon she’ll opt for a designer such as the infamous Oscar de la Renta, whose designs were worn for Amal Clooney’s wedding, as well as Kate Bosworth and Allison Williams’.
However we can’t discredit the likes of Alexander McQueen, Jenny Peckham or Stella McCartney who all have ties to previous royal weddings. Although we reckon Meghan will completely put her own stamp on things and we can’t wait to see what she wears.
The pair will tie the knot in St George’s chapel in Windsor with the guest list at a staggering 600. However the pair will host a more (ahem) intimate gathering of just 200 of the couple’s closest friends in Frogmore House following on from the lavish ceremony at St George’s.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have revealed that East London pastry chef, Claire Ptak will be making the cake for the big day. The couple have opted for a lemon and elder-flower cake, with buttercream icing, which will be the first time that a fruit cake will not be the cake of choice for a royal wedding.
We don’t know about you, but we reckon Meghan and Harry’s cake choice sounds much tastier than fruit cake!
We’re very interested to see if Meghan’s bouquet of choice will follow in the footsteps of her soon-to-be sister-in-law, Kate, in a small, detail orientated arrangement, or, if she’ll pay hommage to Prince Harry’s late mother Diane, with a lavish, showstopping bouquet. We hope it’s the latter.
One thing we can put our money on, is myrtle featuring somewhere in the wedding. Since Queen Victoria wed Prince Albert, myrtle has made an appearance in every royal wedding to date. With a strong connection to love and romance, we’re also expecting roses to feature heavily. And, before Meghan (sadly) deleted her Instagram account (in accordance with none of the royals being allowed to partake in social media – sigh), peonies featured heavily on the former Suits actress’ feed. She’s clearly a big fan, and so are we, so we reckon we can expect to see some stunning peonies on the big day.
The Guest List
While the guest list for the ceremony stands at 600, Meghan and Harry will play host to 200 of their closest friends and family at a more intimate venue in Frogmore House after their ceremony at St George’s chapel in Windsor. However of the 200, it seems not everyone will be awarded a plus one – even if they’re married! While it’s common etiquette to invite the attendee’s husband or wife, live-in partner or long-term partner, it’s not uncommon to not invite a boyfriend or girlfriend whom the invitee doesn’t live with.
Chris Ship, royal editor of ITV News claims to have seen six invites sent out by the royal couple, and of the six, one is addressed to the Mr without a mention of his Mrs, and one addressed to a Mrs, again, without mention of her Mr.
The couple are citing “limited space” as the reason for such a cut-throat guest list.
Bookmakers have just this week slashed the odds that Saturday 19th, the big day, will be the hottest day of the year so far! While late last week, we were preparing for a mild, showery day, it seems as though some high pressure is on the way. Fingers crossed!