Countdown to the Royal Wedding: Everything You Need to Know About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Nuptials
The royal wedding is fast approaching. (Squee!) Whether you’re flying to London to experience Meghan and Harry mania IRL or watching from the comfort of your living room, here’s everything you need to know about their May 19 nuptials. Hint: You may want to adjust your sleep schedule now.
The couple opted for gold-and-black invites handcrafted by Barnard & Westwood. In accordance with royal tradition, the invites feature the feathered badge of the Prince of Wales in gold stamped ink. They also pay tribute to Markle’s American heritage by featuring U.S.-made ink on an English card. As they say, it’s all in the details.
When it comes to the royal wedding, Markle’s planning mantra is definitely go big or go home. So it comes as no surprise that the royal-to-be reportedly plans to wear two custom designer gowns on her big day: one for the ceremony and one for the evening reception. Still no word on which designer has been bestowed the honor.
Although it’s not clear which wedding tiara Markle will rock, she’s definitely got options. Between the Queen Mother’s flower-crown-esque Strathmore Rose Tiara, Princess Diana’s halo-like Spencer Tiara or (our fave) the Queen Mother’s Cartier Bracelet Bandeau, the odds are ever in Markle’s favor.
THE WEDDING PARTY
It’s widely expected that Prince William will return the favor and serve as his brother’s best man. Markle’s side of the wedding party, however, is still up for debate. Her pals, tennis star Serena Williams, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra, designer Misha Nonoo and bridal stylist Jessica Mulroney are reportedly on the bridesmaid short list.
In addition to the royal family, Harry and Meg invited a staggering 2,640 members of the public to their Windsor Castle wedding. Of course, not everyone will get to dance the night away with the newlyweds, but a royal wedding invite is a royal wedding invite.
Alexi is a well-known portrait photographer, and photographed Prince Harry and Ms. Markle last year at Frogmore House, Windsor, to mark the news of their engagement. pic.twitter.com/p42g8QRjmY? Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 13, 2018
THE SIGNATURE SCENT
What would a royal wedding be without a signature scent? Thanks to royal scent crafter Floris London, the couple’s wedding will smell like bergamot, orange blossom, ginger and green tea. Divine.
The wedding service will begin at 12noon at St George's Chapel. The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service and The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple make their vows. pic.twitter.com/dTS56fy22c? Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 12, 2018
The ceremony will commence at 12 p.m. London time at St. George’s Chapel, with the Archbishop of Canterbury officiating and the Dean of Windsor conducting the service. Noon is a lovely time for a wedding, but for those of us residing stateside, that means rising at the early hour of 4 a.m. PT or 7 a.m. ET to catch it on CBS or PBS. NBC will begin its royal wedding coverage at 4:30 a.m. PT / 7:30 a.m. ET. Totally worth it.
At 1pm the couple, now married, will undertake a Carriage Procession from St George's Chapel through Windsor Town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. pic.twitter.com/Lw6RaqY0p5? Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 12, 2018
THE CHARIOT RIDE
After tying the knot, the prince and his duchess will ride along the streets of London in a horse-drawn carriage. Ah, so romantic.
Following the service, there will be a reception at St George's Hall for the couple and the guests from the congregation. pic.twitter.com/t6P95lJyZC? Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 12, 2018
THE DAYTIME RECEPTION
While Prince Harry and Markle galavant around London, guests will head over to St. George’s Hall to pop Champagne and fete the happy couple.
Later that evening, The Prince of Wales will give a private evening reception for the couple and their close friends and family. pic.twitter.com/zT1EXdacnC? Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 12, 2018
As the royal wedding draws to a close, Harry, Meghan and their guests will indulge in a lemon elderflower cake from London’s Violet Bakery.
The Bridesmaids & Page Boys
The royal couple will be joined by a hoard of bridesmaids and page boys, including Prince Harry’s niece and nephew, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince George, 4; goddaughters of Prince Harry, Florence van Cutsem, 3, and Zalie Warren, 2; goddaughters of Markle, Remi Litt, 6, and Rylan Litt, 7; Markle’s BFF’s kids, Ivy Mulroney, 4, Brian Mulroney, 7, and John Mulroney, 7; and godson of Prince Harry, Jasper Dyer, 6. Phew, that’s a lot.
Post-nuptials, the couple will honeymoon in a place close to their hearts—Africa. They reportedly plan to stay on a luxury campsite in Kaokoland, Namibia, that costs a cool $660 per person per night. Harry and Meghan fell in love during a three-week trip to Botswana, so it makes sense they’d return to the scene of the crime budding romance.
We’ll be waiting on those royal babies, guys.