Most would agree that Meghan Markle looked absolutely stunning for her wedding to Prince Harry earlier this month. There will be an undeniable upswing in simple but elegant - dare we say regal - brides in the upcoming months as a nod to Meghan’s look. Lucky for brides looking to follow her look, there are some really easy ways to break it down and replicate! Today, we’re going step by step to help you achieve that perfect royal look.
We love that Meghan broke the stereotype of hair down for a royal wedding. Even more so because it’s so different from her usual day-to-day perfect blowout. Her loose chignon was beautiful beyond words and we see a lot of brides opting for this look in the future. With a modern part to give the look a more modern feel, this is easily duplicated by any bride-to-be.
Meghan kept her makeup very natural and effortless looking. We love that her freckles were clearly visible! To mimic this look for yourself, you really only need a few products. While we can’t say for sure, it appears Meghan really only has some subtle lip color, a healthy dose of mascara, and a touch of blush. Plus perfect brows!
So, most brides this season won’t be rocking a custom made Givenchy dress… but that’s okay! This dress was all about clean lines and accentuating Meghan’s features. We love the low neckline that framed her shoulders so nicely. The dress featured three quarter length sleeves, which is a much more modern spin that we absolutely loved! The fabric was a matte, so no shine here, in a stunning pure white shade that really popped against her gorgeous skin. While some thought the dress was underwhelming, we loved it, especially as the real statement was the veil!
Most everyday brides won’t be having a 16.5 foot long veil either. This veil was definitely the star of the day and we love trying to find ways to copy this look in a more reasonable budget. This work of art was made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza. The symbolism behind it is probably our favorite part - a flower representing each of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth, plus her home of California and new home of Kensington Palace. To create a similar look for your own big day, there are so many beautiful and budget-friendly veils featuring floral embroidery around the trim. We would suggest something like this or coming up with something meaningful of your own to lend to your selection.
Can you believe that Prince Harry himself picked many of the flowers for Meghan’s bouquet from their private garden himself? SWOON! The bouquet included forget-me-nots (an ode to his mother, the late Princess Diana), sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia, and a sprig of myrtle (a royal tradition). Not only are many of these florals easily accessible, but the all-white bouquet is also very easy to duplicate! Therefore, creating a similar, simple royal bouquet should be no problem for any brides-to-be looking to have a look like this one.
We just barely caught the slightest glimpse of Meghan’s shoes on the big day. From statements released by the palace, we know that they were custom made white satin pointed pumps, also by Givenchy. This look is so easily attainable for the everyday bride! No need for them to be Givenchy or custom, finding a nice white satin pointed toe pump should be a piece of cake if this is the part of the look you want to mimic.
We’ll take a peek at the ring in a minute, but first, let’s talk about Meghan’s earrings and bracelet. A simple pair of round diamond earrings and a matching bracelet were created by Cartier according to the palace. This look is super easy to replicate. As for the rings, both Meghan’s engagement ring and wedding band were created by Cleave and Company. Her simple band is made of Welsh gold. This matches her stunning engagement ring, which is also yellow gold and contains a large cushion cut diamond with side stones pulled from Princess Diana’s jewelry collection. The main stone was sourced by Harry from Botswana, a country close to both Harry and Meghan’s hearts.
We’re so happy for the beautiful couple and can’t wait to see all the good they do for the world! You can visit the Royal website for even more details on the looks for the big day.