With 6000 guests, 30000 flowers, worldwide telecast, the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was unlike no other. Meghan, Hollywood actress and now Duchess of Sussex, joining England’s royalty with her non-royal blood and American bi-racial background will be remembered for centuries to come.
And, just like the 29 million people who tuned in to the live broadcast of the wedding in Windsor Castle, the Wedding Kultura team had a delightful afternoon of champagne and fascinators to not only watch history in the making, but to do the obvious—to scrutinize and be awed by every single detail of the extravagant event, from guest outfits to goody bags!
Here are our takeaways from the magical day:
Simplicity can be divine.
One of the most anticipated part of the ceremony was the bride’s entrance as people have been dying to see what Meghan’s wedding dress would be. After months of speculation, we saw her step out of the bridal car in a Givenchy dress with an almost translucent veil delicately embroidered with flowers. “Modern, elegant, timeless, and appropriate” was how Megan wanted it as shared by designer Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director at the house of Givenchy. And true enough, without so much drama, Meghan managed to look every bit like a true princess in a boatneck, sculpt waist, slim three-quarter length sleeves dress. We wouldn’t be surprised if we’ll be seeing more clean lines and less embellishments in wedding dresses in the coming seasons!
Your second dress can be as stunning as your first.
After the ceremony, the new duchess changed into another white ensemble. This time, it was a sexy Stella McCartney dress which featured a high halter neckline and an open back. Now that’s how you dress for a party.
You can wear sneakers beneath your long dress.
Leave it to celebrity guest Serena Williams to show you how to be comfortable while still looking elegant. For the reception, she traded her high pumps from the ceremony with a pair of sneakers. She revealed in an Instagram video that she usually does this when wearing long dresses.
Princesses can be low key if they want to.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York are known for their wide collection of fabulous and outrageous fascinators. However, the two decided to keep it simple for the royal wedding. They both had more subdued headpieces that matched well with their powder blue and emerald green dresses respectively. And speaking of low key, Duchess Kate Middleton, whose wedding got us mesmerized just seven years ago, managed to be somewhat invisible so as not to steal the spotlight from the bride. She appeared in a very light yellow, close to cream dress which she had worn twice before. Nonetheless, she still looked gorgeous as ever.
Little girls can be great bridesmaids.
Here’s another trend that we can anticipate: little girls as bridesmaids. Prince Harry’s bride opted to have kids instead of her girlfriends as her squad for her special day. The royal family’s goddaughters and nieces, including Princess Charlotte, wore Givenchy and Aquazzura, while helping the bride with her bouquet. If Meghan can pull this off, maybe we can too?
The royal wedding gave back.
It has been reported that, instead of receiving presents, the couple had requested their guests to donate to their chosen charities, including a national marine conservation charity and a charity that gives support to young people living with HIV across the U.K. and Ireland. As for the lavish flowers, it had been said that these were donated to hospitals the next day to bring joy to patients. Now that’s regally sweet!
Blind dates can go well, after all.
By now it’s already a common knowledge that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were set up by a friend to have a blind date in July 2016. Misha Nonoo was reportedly the mysterious matchmaker and the reason why we all have witnessed a fairy tale coming true. So the next time a friend offers to arrange a date for you, maybe this time you can give it a shot.
Prince Harry should be the patron saint of grooms.
Have you seen how he looked at his bride? Seriously, we’ll just leave this here.
What other things did you get from the royal wedding? Tell us in the comments below!