Posted on: 22 May 2018
Unless you have gone for an extended period without watching television, going online or reading a newspaper, you probably know that May 2018 was the magical month when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle. The eyes of the world were watching, although aside from the UK, the marriage was arguably of more significance to Australia and other Commonwealth countries where Harry could theoretically still become head of state. Admittedly, he gets bumped further down the line of succession with each child that Prince William and Kate Middleton welcome into the world, but it was still a ceremonious day. While your own day might be comparably more subdued that that of Harry and Meghan (and Oprah probably isn't on your guest list either), there are still a few pieces of inspiration from the royal wedding that could be applied to your own big day.
Your own budget might not stretch to a bespoke Givenchy wedding dress, but there is no reason why you can't opt for a custom made wedding dress and custom formal wear for the big day. It makes the day more special to think that these clothes have been made just for you, to symbolise this momentous day. Meghan's dress also included a personal, symbolic touch with the addition of 53 floral symbols on the veil representing all the countries of the Commonwealth. You could add your own personal touch to a custom made dress, and this is something that isn't possible when you buy a pre-made dress.
The actual ceremony was arguably a break with tradition, thanks to the addition of The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, who conducted the service. Curry cut through the potential formality of the day with the use of phrases such as, 'We gotta get y'all married'. The service was also imbued with relevant quotes and life advice that were presumably important to the couple. Your own service could go down the same road, featuring items that are important to you and your partner, and formality isn't necessary. Of course, you could also hire a marriage celebrant for a personalised service, if a religious ceremony isn't important to you.
It could be suggested that an invitation to your wedding ceremony also includes an invitation to your wedding reception. However, you could follow in Harry and Meghan's footsteps and separate these events. While some 600 people went to the ceremony and the post-nuptial lunch, there were only 200 guests for the official reception later in the evening. You might have friends, family members and colleagues who you would love to have at your ceremony but not necessarily at the reception. This allows you to limit the event to those who are truly your nearest and dearest and also keeps your costs down. Some diplomatic wording might be required on your wedding invitations to kindly and clearly stipulate that some guests have only been invited to the ceremony.Share