We’re all on the edge of our seats counting down until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day on May 19th! The Royal Wedding isn’t practically a holiday, it actually is one - in past years, it’s been considered a bank holiday for English citizens. Although it’s unconfirmed if that’s one of the traditions that Prince Harry and Meghan will be including in their wedding festivities, we have the run-down on all the other quirky and exciting traditions you’ll be sure to see on their big day!
TIME AND PLACE
Most British weddings take place around noon on a weekday. Prince Harry and Meghan will be breaking this tradition by wedding on Saturday, May 19th, but their time frame is still in line with tradition - there will be a ceremony at noon, followed by a “wedding breakfast” with nearly 600 guests. Later on - after their first public kiss as a married couple at Buckingham Palace - there will be an evening reception for 200 of their closest friends and family.
In recent years, larger venues have been more popular for royal weddings because of their huge guest lists. Prince William and Kate Middleton had their ceremony at Westminster Abbey because of their whopping 1,900 person guest list! But because Prince Harry is more distanced from the throne, their guest list is less politician-heavy and a lot more personal. They’ll be wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, a smaller (if you can count 600 people as a “small” wedding!) but gorgeous venue.
Royal wedding traditions aren’t always old or boring, either - they can actually super romantic! For centuries, every bouquet has featured a sprig of myrtle, known as the “herb of love.” This has been a tradition since Queen Victoria’s wedding back in 1840. The exact bush that the myrtle is picked from has been safely protected and kept up with over the years, and we can expect to see some in Meghan’s bouquet next month.
Another major tradition? Every wedding band since 1923 has been made with the same Welsh gold! Prince William is the only royal family member that didn't follow through on this one since he isn't "a jewelry guy."
Even though it’s traditionally expected for the bride’s family to pay for the wedding, the royal family has it covered. They’ll be seated on the right side of the church, as always, but the difference between royals and Meghan’s American guests will be clear: all of the English women will be wearing glamorous fascinators, another timeless royal tradition!