The Royal Feeling: How to Incorporate Pieces of the Duchess of Sussex's Look into Your Big Day

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.

The Hair

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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.

The Makeup

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!  


The Dress

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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!


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.

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The Flowers

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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.


The Shoes

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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.


The Jewelry

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.

Royal Wedding Traditions You Should Know Before the Big Day

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

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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.

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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.


WEDDING DETAILS

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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."

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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!