What will Meghan Markle’s wedding dress be like?
Let’s be honest, one of the most important aspects of any wedding is the bride’s dress.
It’s been the question everyone has been wondering since Harry and Meghan got engaged: What will Meghan’s dress look like?
Well, Meghan will reportedly follow in her soon-to-be sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge’s footsteps and wear two gowns – one for the ceremony and one for the evening reception at Frogmore House.
It’s been rumoured that she will have a traditional dress for the ceremony and daytime reception, and a glamorous, more sophisticated gown for the evening.
Even though the design of the dress is being kept a top secret, Markle previously revealed what her perfect wedding gown would be like.
In March 2016, before she and Harry had even met, Meghan told Glamour magazine: “I have the luxury of wearing beautiful pieces of clothing every day for work, so my personal style—wedding or not—is very pared down and relaxed.
“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.”
However, we won’t actually know what Meghan’s dress looks like until the wedding day.
Who is designing Meghan’s dress?
Rumours about which designer will be designing the most talked-about dress of the year has been rife ever since Harry and Meghan’s engagement was announced in November 2017.
Markle has reportedly chose a designer and had her first fitting at Kensington Palace in January 2018.
But which designer could she have chosen?
Ralph and Russo
Ralph and Russo is potentially one of the favourites to design Meghan’s wedding dress.
The British designers created the stunning, and pricey, gown Meghan wore in the couple’s official engagement photos in December 2017.
Behind the gorgeous designs is couple Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo. They specialise in dresses decked out in feathers, crystals and ruffles.
Another designer that has been under speculation is Meghan’s BFF Roland Mouret. In February, the French designer’s comments raised suspicion.
“I don’t want to say,” he told Women’s Wear Daily when asked if he was the one designing her gown. “No comment. It’s… there is no comment on that. She’s a friend. And that’s… I can’t say.”
Alexander McQueen was behind Duchess Kate’s traditional wedding gown. Some fans believe this British label could be behind Meghan’s dress too.
In December 2017, Israeli designer Inbal Dror told TMZ she was contacted by the royal family about possibly designing Markle’s gown.
The outlet obtained three sketches of three different dresses that Dror sent to Kensington Palace.
All three were apparently long sleeved and “body-hugging.”
Who will design Meghan’s shoes?
It’s hard to predict which shoes Meghan will wear on her wedding day, especially given we don’t even know what her dress looks like.
The chances are we will have to wait until the wedding day to see what she chooses.
But, in the meantime, there is some speculation surrounding certain designers.
Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton designed Duchess Kate’s white lace pumps for her wedding in 2011, so she could be doing the same for Meghan.
Sarah Flint is one of Meghan’s favourite shoe designers and she wore a pair of the designer’s flats for her first public outing with Prince Harry, at the Invictus Games in September 2017.
In March, Flint unveiled a limited-edition Bridal collection of pumps and flats which would be perfect for the bride-to-be.
Aruna Seth is another likely choice as she has close ties with the royal family.
The British designer has dressed Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Duchess Kate in the past. She also dressed Pippa Middleton for her sister Kate’s wedding day in 2011.
Which tiara will Meghan wear?
It hasn’t been confirmed which tiara Meghan will wear on the big day but it won’t be the Cartier Halo tiara that Duchess Kate wore in 2011, because it will be on display at the National Gallery of Australia until June 22.
One tiara that could be an option is late Princess Diana’s The Spencer Tiara.
Markle’s engagement ring features two small diamonds from Diana’s personal jewellery collection, so wearing Diana’s wedding tiara could be another way the couple chooses to honour her legacy.
What will Prince Harry wear?
Just like Meghan, Prince Harry’s attire for his wedding day is being kept under wraps.
Many have speculated that Harry will follow in his older brother Prince William’s footsteps and wear uniform. William wore the red Irish Guards Mounted Officer’s uniform for his wedding.
But, according to royal commentator and former Army officer Alastair Bruce, we might not to see Harry in uniform when he ties the knot with Meghan.
Bruce told Cosmopolitan: “As Prince Harry is no longer a serving officer in the Armed Forces, it is unlikely he will wear a uniform. However, he could, if he wishes, as he holds a special position as a Member of the Royal Family.”
Alastair said the couple’s chosen location, St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, makes it more likely Harry will choose to wear a morning suit instead.
But, if Harry does opt for a uniform, Alastair described what he could possibly go for.
“If he wears a uniform it would probably be that of Captain in the Blues and Royals, part of the Household Cavalry Regiment, which was his uniform while serving,” he said.
“With this, he often selects the Army Air Corps light blue beret because he was an Apache helicopter pilot, memorably during his service in Afghanistan.”
What is the dress code for guests?
The dress code for Harry and Meghan’s guests was revealed on the invitations.
And guests can breathe a sigh of relief because they don’t have to follow a strict or fussy dress code.
The dress code requests an “uniform, morning suit or lounge suit” for men, and a “day dress with hat” for women.
If you’re wondering what exactly a lounge suit is, it’s simply a suit worn with a shirt and tie.
A morning suit is slightly more formal and is traditional for men to wear at weddings and formal events in the presence of the Queen.
It involves a black or grey coat, a double or single-breasted waistcoat, polished shoes, a handkerchief in the breast pocket and a top hat.
Meanwhile, a day dress for women is ideally knee length and reasonably formal.