4 Royal Wedding Trends to Try
words by // Eve Green
photo // KensingtonRoyal/Twitter
If you’re like us, royal wedding watching is a sport. Who didn’t look forward to the big day, predicting who would attend, anticipating what the dress would look like, and then waking up early for the official festivities. The bridal gown reveal and spotting the A-list celebrities in attendance was just half the fun. The royal wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry was classic while simultaneously throwing many old traditions aside for a more modern, multicultural ceremony. How will the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex influence all the weddings to come? We’ve analyzed all things royal wedding and compiled our 4 Royal Wedding Trends to Try! Consider these inspirational royal wedding elements that we predict will become popular for future weddings.
Florals and Foliage
A wedding ceremony at the historic St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle requires little decoration but we were stunned by the garden inspired display of florals and foliage flanking the entrance and interior of St. George’s Chapel. According to House Beautiful, an arch of white garden roses greeted all those who entered the chapel while foliage, roses, white peonies, and other white blooms adorned the front of the organ loft. There were also two large arrangements either side of the High Altar. Foxglove, with branches of beech, birch, and hornbeam, were also featured in the church’s exterior decor. Many flowers, like the white garden roses placed amongst the foliage and forget-me-nots in Meghan’s bouquet were favorites of Diana, and were selected in remembrance of the late Princess. The florals, full of symbolism, made for an ethereal and elegant display. We fully expect to see at upcoming weddings that couples will embrace greenery and classic white florals inspired by the royal wedding in their ceremony and reception decor.
The Bridal Dress
Perhaps the crowning moment all royal wedding enthusiasts waited for was when Meghan arrived at the chapel and revealed her effortlessly chic Givenchy gown with major Audrey Hepburn vibes. The minimalist gown was noticeably free of any beading, lace, or adornments. Meghan opted for a simple silk gown with a boat neckline and three-quarter length sleeves, and a train. The classic aesthetic featured sleek modern lines, perfect for a modern royal like Meghan. Her 16-foot veil cascading from a diamond tiara was hand embroidered with a variety of floral embellishments, each floral chosen for its special meaning to the bride and groom. After Kate Middleton stunned the world with a Grace Kelly inspired long-sleeved lace gown, it wasn’t long before brides began to embrace that traditional and demure look. We predict brides will soon be emulating the sleek and simplistic aesthetic of Meghan’s bridal attire.
Noticeably missing from Meghan’s bridal look was a full face of heavy makeup, choosing instead to highlight her glowing complexion with a minimum of cosmetics. Her effervescent and natural look showed off Meghan’s true beauty, even allowing her freckles to shine through. A delicate smokey eye, just enough foundation to even out skin tone, and a light blush and pink lip enhanced Meghan’s look without hiding her natural beauty. Meghan took the minimalist route with her jewelry as well, wearing diamond stud earrings and a delicate diamond bracelet. While some brides prefer a full face of makeup for their wedding day, Meghan reminds us that embracing your natural beauty is always on trend.
Part of what stood out to us the most during the royal wedding was the unique and personalized touches Meghan and Harry incorporated into the ceremony. Hearing the non-traditional “Stand by Me” sung by a gospel choir gave us all the feels. While there will always be a place for tradition in wedding ceremonies, Meghan and Harry proved that in even the most historic and conservative of settings, it’s important for a couple to make the ceremony their very own.
When we think of the royal wedding we think sleek minimalism, less is more, au-naturel, and of course, we can’t forget those breathtaking floral archways. It’s clear to see that this historic wedding will be influencing future weddings across the world for a long time to come.