There is no doubt that the nation is completely captivated by Meghan Markle, and that the wedding of the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex was a complete triumph. Everything about their wedding reflected the personalities of this very modern, unassuming and forward-thinking couple.
Needless to say, many of the elements of their wedding theme and style will be copied in the weeks and months ahead, and so today we thought we’d take a look at the wedding trends we can expect to see being used by today’s modern brides around the world…
There will continue to be a nod towards locally grown flowers – and Meghan’s chosen flowers will be increasingly popular – forget-me-nots, lily-of-the-valley, astrantia, astilbe, and white and cream roses and peonies. Bridal ‘posy’ bouquets will be in fashion along with those wonderful white and cream floral arches.
Meghan’s wedding dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy and was dramatically devoid of embellishments. It was far more modest than some fashion journalists had predicated and featured elegant three-quarter length sleeves and a boatneck neckline. Meghan’s stiff satin dress really did appear to be brilliant white, and as such it looked sophisticated and appropriate for a second marriage. Her dress also featured a train, though the length of the train paled in comparison to her 16-foot veil! We’re sure all these design features will be used as a template for modern brides.
The Bridal Party
Meghan cleverly avoided having to choose which friends would be her bridesmaids and ended up with the cutest bridal group when she opted to have ten little ones in tow. Princess Charlotte and Prince George made star appearances, with Charlotte giving the crowds a very regal wave.
Last, but by no means least, the royal couple’s cake featured three layers of lemon sponge that had been drizzled with elderflower syrup, sandwiched together with buttercream and lemon curd. Whilst you may not require quite the scale the royal couple did (200 lemons went into making their cake!), a lemon, elderflower and lemon curd combination is a refreshing taste of spring! The cake was decorated with 150 fresh flowers, mainly British and in season, including peonies and roses.
I look forward to talking with my brides in the weeks and months ahead to see if any of these trends are used, adapted or wholeheartedly embraced in their wedding plans!