Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Plans
All the Ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Will Break Royal Tradition
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are marching to the beat of their own drum! The couple are set to tie the knot on May 19, and even though British royal weddings come with a long list of rules, Meghan and Harry are doing things their way. Not only are they shaking things up with their particular choice of wedding cake, but the former Suits actress will also be breaking tradition with her walk down the aisle. But hey, you know what they say: rules are meant to be broken, right?
Harry and Meghan will be exchanging "I dos" on Saturday, May 19. While there's no official rule that states that British royals can't tie the knot during the weekend, some of the biggest royal weddings have taken place on weekdays. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip wed on Thursday, Nov. 20, 1947, while Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married on Wednesday, July 29, 1981. Even Prince William and Kate Middleton got married on Friday, April 29, 2011.
From Princess Diana to Kate Middleton, British royals have traditionally opted for a multitiered fruitcake for their weddings over the years. "The bottom is meant for eating at the ceremony, while the middle is to be served after the event," Kylie Carlson of the UK Academy of Wedding and Event Planning told Today in November 2017. "The top tier is then preserved for the couple's first child's christening." Despite years of tradition, Harry and Meghan have chosen a lemon elderflower cake "that will incorporate the bright flavors of Spring" from chef Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery.
The Walk Down the Aisle
While most brides have their fathers walk them down the aisle, Meghan reportedly wants her mom, Doria Ragland, to do the honors. "I've heard that Meghan wants her mother to walk her down the aisle, which would be a sweet moment," a source told Us Weekly. "While they will always be mindful of traditions and the views of their elders, the day is ultimately about them and what they want to do."
The Bridal Party
Most royal brides traditionally do not have adult bridesmaids; instead, they select a chief bridesmaid. Pippa Middleton served as Kate Middleton's when she wed Prince William in 2011, but it looks like Meghan has decided to break the rules and has chosen a maid of honor. While Meghan has yet to officially confirm this, it's possible that she'll ask her friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Meghan is reportedly planning to give Harry a speech at their wedding. Speeches are usually given by the father of the bride, the groom, and the best man, but it seems Meghan may be choosing to speak in place of her father, Thomas. Only time will tell if the reports are true.