The Ring

The 2018 Royal Wedding

The 2018 Royal Wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot on May 19, 2018, which was on a Saturday thereby going contrary to the tradition, as Royal weddings usually take place on weekdays. The royal wedding invitations were made by Barnard Westwood, and they were printed in black and gold and then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the rim. The wedding took place in Saint George's Chapel that is located at Windsor Castle at around 12 pm, and it made Prince Harry and Meghan Markle be the sixteenth royal couple to hold their bridal ceremony in that venue since 1863.

The wedding cake was made by Claire Ptak who works at Violet Bakery, and the couple's wedding bands were made by Cleave and Company. Meghan Markle's wedding band was shaped from a piece of Welsh Gold that was given by her majesty the Queen while Prince Harry's wedding band was created from platinum with a textured finish. After the couple exchanged their vows, they undertook a carriage procession starting from St. George's Chapel through Windsor town and returning to Windsor Castle.

Wedding Dress

Meghan Markle's wedding gown was exquisite, and it was designed by Clare Waight Keller who works for Givenchy Couture. It was a silk cady gown that was floor-length and featured a triple silk organza underskirt and a bateau neckline. The designer also added a cathedral-length, five meter-long veil that was trimmed with lace depicting flora from each of the fifty-three Commonwealth states. The veil was then held in place by Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara that was made in 1932. The tiara's bandeau is made from diamonds and platinum and forms flexible bands of seven sections while the center brooch dates back to 1893.

Color Palette

The 2018 royal wedding had an elegant flower display, and the floral design was created by Philippa Craddock. The florist used flowers and plants that are naturally blooming including branches of birch, hornbeam, and beech. The arrangement involved foxgloves, peonies, and white garden roses.

Unique Details

Some of the unique details about the royal wedding are that they cannot take place without the Queen's consent and this year, her majesty the Queen signed off on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding with a handwritten note that is referred to as the "instrument of Consent." This essential note was printed on vellum, and it included the UK's flowers which are thistle, rose & shamrock, it also included the red dragon of Wales. The rose flower represented the United States while poppies represented California, where Meghan Markle was born and raised.

Another unique detail about 2018 royal wedding is that the menu followed the seasonal local ethos with artichokes, asparagus, peas, and broad beans. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge was Prince Harry's best man, and the roles of best bridesmaid and page boy were played by Prince George and Princess Charlotte alongside eight other kids. They include Jasper Dyer, Rylan & Remi Litt, Florence van Cutsem, Ivy, Brian, John, and Zalie Warren. The couple also decided to donate their wedding flowers to charity and urged everyone who would have like to present them with gifts to instead give donations to Crisis which is a UK based homelessness charity, CHIVA, Scotty's Little Soldiers, Myna Mahila Foundation, SteetGames, and The Wilderness Foundation UK.