The day has finally arrived, it is Harry and Meghan’s wedding day! If you are anything like me, the event has been in your diary for weeks, with the whole night booked out to watch the royal wedding. It is not only because we all have a crush on Prince Harry or that we LOVE Meghan, but we are all waiting for THE dress.
Of course Harry looked very Prince Charming like in the Blues and Royals military uniform, which he was given permission to wear by the Queen. But lets be honest, a wedding is all about the bride and that moment everyone sees her for the first time.
With all the rumours of potential designers for the wedding dress circling around, this designer was not one that was expected. Meghan’s wedding dress was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller by Givenchy, who last year the first female artistic director of the fashion house.
A statement from Kensington Palace said “After meeting Ms. Waight Keller in early 2018, Ms. Markle chose to work with her for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour”.
To stick with royal traditions, the dress is very modest with the mid length sleeves and boat neckline that accentuates her slim waist. The dress is made up of 6 “meticulously placed” seams and a hidden zip, as opposed to silk buttons as previously used for royal weddings.
Although wedding dresses are very costly, we are certain that Meghan’s dress was no way near the £250,000 that Kate Middleton’s wedding dress is rumoured to have cost. As said by royal expert Kate Nicholl “I think it is very unlikely that Meghan would spend more than that and in doing so try and upstage a future queen. I don’t think she’s going to want to get royal life off to a start where she’s criticised for spending something like £400,000 on a wedding dress.”
Meghan chose to represent all 53 countries of the Commonwealth on her veil through floral emblems. The Commonwealth will be a significant part of the upcoming work for the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The 5 metre long veil is made from silk tulle with the hand embroidered flowers made from silk threads and organza. The workers washed their hands every 30 minutes while working on the delicate piece.
Accompanying her veil, Meghan wore Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara which was made in 1932, including the interchangeable broach in the centre that dates back to 1893.
Meghan accessorised her look with Cartier earrings and bracelet.
I would like to also acknowledge the team pulling the look together for Meghan on her special day. Meghan Markle’s hair was styled by Serge Normant in a soft low bun, with her natural make-up look created by long-time friend and make-up artist Daniel Martin.
The bridal bouquet was arranged by florist Philippa Craddock and was inspired by the late Princess Diana. It included jasmine, sprigs of myrtles and flowers picked out by Prince Harry from the gardens at Kensington Palace.
Although her wedding day attire is very detailed and sentimental in her upcoming work, it has been slammed as boring, ill-fitting and plain with many asking “where’s the sparkle markle?”.
Whatever the opinions, we think she looked absolutely stunning and appropriate to begin her next chapter of royalty.