How to Plan Your Wedding Like Meghan Markle (and Prince Harry!)

Your wedding is the one day you really do get to be a princess, though for Meghan Markle, it’s also the day she will actually become a royal. In the lead up to the Royal wedding on May 19th at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, we steal some wedding inspiration from the Duchess-in waiting, miss Meghan Markle.

Is it too late to send her a little white book…?

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So, while you and Meghan (and Harry) are planning your wedding in harmony, how can you emulate the glamorous couple, and plan your wedding like Meghan Markle is?

DIY Wedding!

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are be surrounded by palace staff, their Royal spokesperson reveals they’re planning much of the wedding themselves.

Meghan Markle has many talents: actress, travel pro, and lifestyle expert (she wrote the now-defunct blog The Tig) and she is actually a keen calligrapher, a talent that may come in handy for her own nuptials:

“I used to be a calligrapher for weddings and events — that was my side job while I was auditioning.”

While Meghan & Harry have access to any wedding stationery designer in the world, perhaps she’ll be putting pen to paper herself. Meghan actually did the wedding stationery for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton. We expect beautiful thank you notes!

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Meghan & Harry’s Engagement Shoot

While many brides choose to wear the traditional white for their engagement photos, Meghan instead opted to wear gorgeous black Couture evening gown designed by Ralph & Russo. The couple chose the beautiful Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace as the backdrop for their shoot.

An engagement photoshoot is not a mandatory requirement for getting married, however, it’s a lovely way of capturing your very special moment, get accustomed to having a photographer around, and also ensure you feel comfortable with your wedding photographer, as well as having a beautiful keepsake that you will be able to look back at in years to come.

Steal Meghan’s Engagement Shoot style: Bardot $133Willow $189, Lyra $199, Mon Cherie $235 (all Asos Sale).

Dress like Meghan Markle: The Bridal Gown

Meghan’s Maid of Honour is likely to be her BFF stylist, Jessica Mulroney. When not dressing Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie, she actually styles bridalwear so would be the perfect choice to help Meghan pick out her dream wedding dress. Perhaps she’ll read Choosing a gown for your body shape…

Meghan once said minimalist white gown worn by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy in 1996 was her favourite celebrity wedding dress, and:

Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic.

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Their 800 Guest Wedding Venue!

When booking your wedding venue, naturally you have to take into consideration the size of your guest list. Compared to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding at Westminster Abbey (with around 1,900 guests), Prince Harry and Meghan are having a much more intimate wedding at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel.

While I don’t expect many of you will be getting married in a castle (at least in New Zealand), there are many beautiful Chapels to choose from here. Rumour has it that Queen Elizabeth II will be buried at the Chapel, but you could instead choose a Chapel Liz has visited in NZ, such as St Andrew’s Gisborne, or St. John’s Rotorua.

 

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Deciding on a venue is often your first big expense when it comes to planning your wedding, so make sure you give some thought to your budget when selecting your venue. If you need help with the venue, subscribe and grab the venue selection offer in your welcome email.

Their Glamorous Guests!

It’s no secret that the Suits actress is friends with some pretty big names in Hollywood. It is reported that her Suits co-stars and her close friends Serena Williams, Misha Nonoo, and Priyanka Chopra are to be on the guest list, along with a few of Prince Harry’s army comrades from his time in Afghanistan. Rumour also has it that the Obama’s have been invited after becoming close with Harry at the Invictus Games.

Want to give your wedding a touch of glamour, without all the glitz and glam of Hollywood Royalty and actual Royalty? Encourage your guests to dress up for the occasion with a black tie event – see also Decoding Wedding Dress Codes.

Possibly like yourselves, Harry and Meghan will have to be selective about their guest list as the Royal Family demand guests that are expected to be at the wedding. Be sure to keep in mind how many guests you want/can fit at your wedding venue and make sure you have started your wedding budget to be aware of how much money you’ll be able to allocate to each guest to cover things like food, drink and hireage.

Prince Harry’s Involvement

Although Meghan and Prince Harry have a little assistance in planning their wedding from the Lord Chamberlain’s Office and the groom’s private secretary, both Meghan and Harry also have a say regarding their big day.

Harry was also in charge of designing Meghan’s beautiful engagement ring! The ring was designed to incorporate some of Princess Diana’s diamonds, as well as the centre stone being a diamond from Botswana, one of Harrys favourite places. Harry designed the ring to match Megan’s style – how adorable!

Harry is said to be asking his older brother Prince William to be his best man, just as he was at William’s wedding, and rumour has it that Prince William is set to organise Harry’s bachelor party. Of course we know the famed ‘naughty prince’ won’t be having a stag-do à la The Hangover to commemorate his final moments of being a bachelor, it is expected he will have a small gathering with friends prior to saying ‘I do’.

If your husband-to-be needs a little encouragement to get involved, let him know that even the Prince himself is organising his own wedding!

Meghan’s Support for Woman’s Rights

Meghan Markle has made quiet the name for herself when it comes to being an activist for woman’s rights. She is an avid charity activist, leaving us wondering – will Meghan Markle make royal history and have a feminist wedding? Undoubtedly, the majority of the ceremony will be carried out in traditional royal fashion, however, will Meghan incorporate any feminist traits into her ceremony too.

The Royal HONEYMOON!

The easiest way to plan your wedding like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may be to have a honeymoon at home in New Zealand!

While Africa is a favourite of the couple (their first holiday was to Botswana), a Kiwi honeymoon would provide just the privacy the newlyweds will surely seek post wedding. They’ll miss NZ’s summer, but as their 2017 ski-trip to Norway shows, they’re keen snow-bunnies and could comfortably spend a week in Queenstown next Winter!

P.S. I have a spare bed too…

Now that you’ve got a little insight into Ms Markle is planning her wedding, make sure you keep on track with the wedding planning index, and subscribe to be the first to know more about the Royal wedding.

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