Prince Harry & Meghan Markle: Six Months Until the Big Day

Given the fantastic news that Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are engaged, we decided to halt our weekly countdown planning feature to take a look at all the details we know so far about the upcoming royal wedding… oh the excitement!

Since the news broke on Monday and following the couple’s BBC interview we have been in royal information overload. From the proposal details with Prince Harry popping the question over roast chicken, to the intimate details of how they met and the corgi’s totally approving of Miss Markle, the world has gone into frenzy.

Now that the dust has (somewhat) settled, and we learnt that the wedding could be less than six months away, we look at everything we know so far, and what has still to be organised…

Here’s what we know:

The Date

Kensington Palace has confirmed that the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place in May 2018. No specific date has yet been announced; however some are speculating that it could be later in the month, so as not to clash with the local election, and also to give the Duchess of Cambridge time to recover from the birth of her third child (due in April).  We love a good spring wedding!

 

The Ceremony

It has also been confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan will wed at the beautiful and historic St. George’s Chapel, on the grounds of Windsor Castle. With several royal weddings having taken place there, this gothic style church is the perfect choice for their ‘I Do’s’. It is a smaller and more intimate choice (holding 800) compared to William and Kate’s wedding in Westminster Abbey, (which holds 2,000) in their spring wedding on April 29th, 2011.

 

The Reception

It has been assumed (but is yet to be 100% confirmed) that the reception will be at Windsor Castle, in the same location that just recently, The Queen and Prince Phillip hosted their 70th Anniversary party. It isn’t called the ‘party palace’ for nothing!

 

The Guest List

Whilst we hope there will be several famous faces lining the pews (e.g. Meghan’s good friends Serena Williams, Millie Mackintosh and Suits co-star Patrick J Adams.), the only confirmed guests are members of the Royal family. This of course includes Prince Harry’s immediate family (The Queen, Prince Phillip, William, Kate, children etc) and Meghan’s parents Doria Ragland and dad Tom Markle.

Planning

The Lord Chamberlain’s Office at Buckingham Palace is responsible for organising royal weddings. Under the guidance of Harry’s private secretary, Edward Lane Fox, they will deal with the ceremonial aspects of the day. The Royal Household staff, with their meticulous planning, is skilled at executing smooth ceremonies for royal VIP’s. They will be responsible for sending the invitations, arranging royal carriages and the schedule for the day.

With only six months to go, it will be all hands on deck in the run up to the royal wedding this spring! With everything from the dress, to the honeymoon, cake, rings and bridesmaids still to sort, we can’t wait to hear more details. We make our predictions on what to expect as the royal couple plan their wedding into the New Year…

The Dress

Meghan has previously spoken to Glamour magazine, where she shared some of her favourite wedding dress designers, including Elie Sabb and J. Mendel. Could it be one of these designers? Additionally, speaking to Hello! Magazine, she said:

“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.”

Right now, it’s anyone’s guess which designer she’ll turn to on the big day. After all, they will have big footsteps to follow in, after the Duchess of Cambridge’s incredible Alexander McQueen gown! Regardless of what she chose, we know she’ll be simply stunning.

The Honeymoon

Could they follow suit of Prince William and Kate and chose a secluded island for their post-marital getaway? William and Kate opted for a trip to the Seychelles in 2011, which is home to crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and breathtaking landscapes. Alternatively, Prince Harry and Meghan could opt to return to the place where they fell in love… Botswana in Africa.

 

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