Advice & Planning

12 Ways to Make the Royal Wedding Your Own

Can royal weddings happen more often? Less than a week ago, we finally witnessed Meghan Markle—and her much anticipated wedding gown—ascend the steps of St. George’s Chapel. She chose Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy to design her boatneck dress and that 16.5 foot veil which draped over her “something borrowed,” a the filigree bandeau tiara from the Queen herself. She carried a traditional dainty bouquet as she walked gracefully solo through a stunning, overgrown floral arch, which complimented her simplistic sophistication with an undeniable “wow” factor. From the darling page boys and bridesmaids that processed behind the bride, to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s “first kiss,” to a reception wardrobe change worthy of a James Bond movie, the royal wedding lived up to every expectation. It blended modern sensibility with British formality, and we cannot wait to see how these trends emerge into the Dallas wedding scene. Pulling from past D Weddings brides, we put together 12 ways you can incorporate the royal wedding into your own special day.

1. Look Like Yourself 

Without a single ounce of lace or embellishment, Meghan’s dress was elegant and minimalistic. Opt for the “less is more” approach to let yourself—instead of what you’re wearing—be the focus.

2. Stick with Tradition  

If you’re going to sport a veil, you might as well go big—you can’t go wrong wearing it draped over your face and long past the tip of your train. 

3. Exchange Vows Early 

Say ‘I do’ by noon so you and your guests can spend the entire day celebrating together.

4. The More the Merrier 

Don’t limit your young pack of darlings who will toss the petals, carry the rings, and even tend to the veil. 

5. Minimal Bouquet 

We love a big bridal bouquet, but Meghan’s petite arrangement of forget-me-nots, sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, and astrantia gave us sensible consideration for down-sizing.

6. Show-Stopping Entrance 

You might not have hundreds of thousands of people waiting on your ceremony arrival, but your ceremony entrance is your guests’ first impression. Dress up the corridors to create a magical entrance and a grand exit.

7. Heavenly Voices

Whether in a church or a garden, there is something heavenly about an acapella choir singing in unison.

8. Mantle-Worthy Portraits

Despite all the hustle and bustle of wedding day, make time for portraits surrounded by the loved ones who matter most.

9. Quick Wardrobe Change

When it’s time to party, slip into something ready for the the dance floor.

10. Make It Personal

A signature concoction makes cocktail hour feel so personal. A cheeky name doesn’t hurt, either. Royal wedding guests toasted with a ginger and rum cocktail called “When Harry Met Meghan” at Frogmore House.

11. Don’t Forget the Works 

Bring everyone together with a firework display and spark a magical moment.

12. Speedy Getaway

Wave goodbye to guests and zip away into forever in a vintage sports car or family heirloom.

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