Prince Harry (33) & Meghan Markle (36) will exchange vows at Windsor Castle’s St.George’s Chapel witnessed by their 600 guests on May 19th 2018.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will officiate the service.
Who will attend
Although the couple have remained tight-lipped about their guest list, they have confirmed that they have selected close family, friends and colleagues for the service. The numbers attending will be far less than Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding at Westminster Abbey in 2011, which was attended by 1,900 guests.
Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they wanted their wedding day to be shaped to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations. As previously announced they have also invited 1,200 members of the public from charities and organisations that the couple have close associations with along with 100 students from two local schools. These individuals have been nominated by nine regional Lord Lieutenants offices
The dress code for those attending the ceremony is uniform or morning coat or lounge suit for the men. Ladies have been asked to wear a day dress, with a further stipulation that they must wear a hat.
Who will be making Meghan’s wedding gown? Thus far, the designer of ‘the gown’ is still under wraps although Victoria Beckham, who is attending with her husband David, has denied she is involved.
Speculation would have us believe that Alexander McQueen, Roland Mouret or Erdem have been approached to assist Meghan in designing her perfect wedding gown, although many believe that Ralph & Russo the British fashion designer that created Meghan’s engagement shoot dress has been selected. The worlds eyes are peeled in anticipation, will this information be kept under wraps until the big day?
The was recently announced, New York based Alexi Lubomirski, who was also responsible for the couples endearing engagement photographs, will be responsible for creating the wedding album of the year.
As we have previously reported their wedding cake will be created by East London based Claire Ptak owner of Violet Cakes. The couple have reportedly requested a lemon and elderflower creation decorated with buttercream & fresh seasonal flowers.
Claire is a food writer, food and prop stylist, recipe developer and consultant. Violet is my small bakery based in East London. All of her cakes are baked with organic flour, sugar, milk and eggs. Many of the other ingredients are organic as well, like the Madagascan vanilla pods and pure cane molasses. Limited edition buttercream icings that adorn her cakes change with the seasons.
The florist will be London-based Philippa Craddock, creating floral arrangements of white garden roses, peonies (it is believed that peonies are a personal favourite of Meghans) and foxgloves. Ms Craddock who also has a flower shop in Selfridges in addition to her Fulham store boasts a client base that includes V&A, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Alexander McQueen & Christian Dior. Kensington Palace have revealed that Craddock who is self-taught, will direct a team which includes florists from St. George’s Chapel and Buckingham palace to create the displays at St. George’s Chapel and for St. George’s Hall. Much of the foliage will be locally sourced, taken from the gardens and parkland of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park.
Kensington Palace have advised that ‘Windsor is getting ready to welcome the world to The Royal Wedding on May 19th with bunting, large screens and refreshments across the town.”
They confirmed that there would be large screens to watch the event on both the Long Walk and on Alexandra Gardens.
A number of viewing areas and decorations can also be expected, along with live entertainment from local groups from the area.
Big day running order
The wedding service will begin at 12noon at St George’s Chapel. The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service and The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple make their vows.
At 1pm, following the service, the couple will travel around Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage, providing an opportunity for members of the public to see them and join in with the celebrations. Their carriage will leave Windsor Castle via Castle Hill and process along the High Street and through Windsor Town, returning to Windsor Castle via the Long Walk.
At the castle, there will be a reception in St George’s Hall for the couple and guests from the congregation and that evening, The Prince of Wales will give a private evening reception for close friends and family.
The couple have announced that they wish to forgo any traditional wedding gifts, therefore asking that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion considers making a donation to one of the following causes:
The seven chosen charities are:
CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association)
Crisis – UK based homelessness charity
Myna Mahila Foundation – which empowers women in Mumbai’s urban slums
Scotty’s Little Soldiers – charity for bereaved children of Armed Forces personnel
StreetGames – uses sport to change lives across the UK
Surfers Against Sewage – is a national marine conservation and campaigning charity
The Wilderness Foundation UK – promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature.
Here at Harmony Brides we LOVE a good wedding & wait in anticipation for this fabulous event, 30 days and counting …..