The Royal Wedding drew an estimated 29 million viewers from all over the world. When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot it inspired a nation, as well as thousands of brides-to-be.
For those currently planning their own wedding, chances are you were taking notes. The royal wedding offered inspiration on all fronts, from Meghan’s classic and chic bridal ensemble to the unconventional entertainment that captured everyone’s hearts. Here we explore how you can create your very own royal wedding. Every bride and groom should feel like a princess and prince on their big day.
Keep your wedding attire simple
Sometimes keeping things simple is better. Although many may be tempted to go big and bold with their wedding dress choice, Meghan Markle taught us that an understated look is just as beautiful. As well as letting your bridal beauty speak for itself, a simpler wedding gown gives you the opportunity to up the ante with your choice of accessories. Add some sparkle to your attire with layered necklaces, make a statement with bold earrings, or personalise your look with an embroidered veil just like the Duchess of Sussex. For those looking beyond bridal jewellery, The Knot offers some great advice:
“Looking for a super-simple way to add a bit of personality to your wedding dress (and help create the illusion of curves)? Add a belt or sash. Just because your dress doesn’t come with one, doesn’t mean it won’t look great—a fashionable fastener is an easy way to customize your gown and change its look without having to make expensive alterations. And whether you go with a classic satin sash or metallic leather belt, it will give your dress an instant upgrade. The key to choosing the right waist-cincher is to find one that works with your body type.”
Take inspiration from the season
The season in which you plan to marry can provide all the inspiration you need to create a wedding day to remember. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle used their spring wedding day to influence their style and catering choices. The couple opted for a lemon elderflower cake decorated with branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, and white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves, all of which were picked from the Crown Estate and Windsor Park in the days before the wedding.
Spring is synonymous with a number of flower varieties, which means that as well as marrying at one of the most beautiful times of the year, you can buy locally grown, seasonal blooms to complement your wedding palette.
Embrace classic wedding transport
Kate and William travelled in style on their wedding day, and Harry and Meghan followed suit. In fact, the entire day was a who’s who of classic cars, with Meghan kicking off proceedings by arriving in a Rolls-Royce Phantom. The Queen and Prince Philip also arrived in expected regal fashion in the State Bentley, whilst the Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan’s close friends, six bridesmaids and four pageboys all arrived in three vintage Daimlers. After the ceremony the newlyweds greeted crowds from their horse drawn carriage and later travelled to their evening reception in a more modern Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero car.
Your choice of wedding transportation doesn’t have to be so varied (and expensive!) but can provide the perfect accompaniment to your wider wedding theme.
Host your wedding at Clearwell
No royal wedding would be complete without the castle, and here at Clearwell, we provide a setting fit for a king or queen. Our magnificent castle, complete with a picturesque portcullis and turrets, offers an historic interior and exterior. We also have 20 acres of grounds to explore, meaning you have all the space and inspiration you need to host a picture perfect, fairy-tale wedding.
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