Just like Kate Middleton before her in 2011, Meghan Markle will influence bridal trends for years to come. From her simple and timeless dress, to her show-stopping veil and carefully-selected flowers, nothing has gone unnoticed by the world's media – and other brides to be. Here are five simple ways you can replicate royalty:
Meghan’s wedding dress was designed by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller and is rumoured to have cost around £300,000. We have something incredibly similar in store, which won't cost as much as a house, and it's already drawing lots of attention. Justin Alexander’s 8936 is a long-sleeve fit and flare gown that is beautifully pure and classic at the front, but has an elaborately-beaded motif on the sheer illusion back. You'll feel like a princess in it.
At 16ft long and featuring flora and fauna from 53 Commonwealth countries, Meghan's veil was arguably more elaborate than her dress. Veils add the finishing touch to any bridal look – and are often the thing that make mums cry. From the simplest of finishes to ornate lace trims, we have a vast selection at Fleur de Lys Bridal. As for length, the choice is yours.
A lot of effort went into Meghan's small bouquet and each flower symbolised something different. It's not an obvious way to do something meaningful, which makes it all the nicer. Meghan incorporated the following on her big day: lily of the valley, which symbolises happiness and sweetness; forget me nots, which were reportedly one of Princess Diana's favourite flowers; astilbe to indicate patience and dedication; astrantia, which is a symbol of courage, strength and protection; and myrtle, which has become a royal tradition. Meghan's bouquet was placed on the tomb of the unknown warrior at Westminster Abbey the day after the wedding. Rather than tossing your bouquet, maybe consider leaving it on the grave of a loved one who you wish could have been at your wedding.
Meghan's epic veil was held in place by Queen Mary's stunning diamond bandeau tiara and was lent to her by the Queen. Something old and borrowed doesn't get much better than that! While we don't have our hands on the the crown jewels, we do have a beautiful and carefully-chosen selection of tiaras and hairpieces to complement every type of bride and every type of dress. We stock a wide range of veils, tiaras and jewellery because we know how they can pull a look together beautifully. As the saying goes, the devil is in the detail.
Meghan chose to keep it simple on her big day. Freckles? She showed them. Lips? She glossed over them – literally. For a fresh-faced glow that looks good in photographs (a crucial detail, believe it or not) try Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Flawless Filter. You can wear it instead of foundation, under it or even on top of it. Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation is another wonder product that gives flawless results. As for your eyes, consider individually applied false lashes. The Ruby Rooms in Royston do the best we've come across. Bobbi Brown's tutorials on smokey eyes will help you to complete the look. If you're hiring a make-up artist then sit back, relax and channel your inner duchess.