Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is almost here and we've been fantasizing about how the big day will go down. So far, we know that the couple will ride through the streets on a horse-drawn carriage after exchanging vows at St. George’s Chapel on May 19. Until we can tune into the event at 7 a.m. EST/ 4 a.m. PST to view all the rest of the magical details, we’ve asked wedding expert David Tutera to share his vision for the upcoming ceremony.
For the invites, I picture classic heavy stock invites with silver beveled edges. The font would be classic script in a darker silver to coordinate with the dove gray seen throughout the ceremony and reception. A slight, hand-painted design of flowers by a family or local artist would have the effect of a Monet piece of art. This art would be simple and appear along the corners of the invite to frame it out.
Attire: the Gown + Veil
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My design for Meghan's wedding gown is based on several elements. A princess cut A-line will create a visually longer torso for her figure, making it the perfect silhouette for her stature of 5'6." Meghan is also a modern-day princess with impeccable taste. The asymmetrical design adds flair and movement for an artistic approach to this fairy-tale wedding, while diamond-white shantung is an elegant fabric and color that will look stunning against her radiant skin tone. Very simple pearl details along the neckline and in the center of the structural design are elegant finishing touches. As for the veil, this blusher diamond version is thinly trimmed in smaller pearls along the front. The veil will fall just a few inches beyond the gown's hem line along the back.
Attire: Prince Harry's Suit
I imagine Harry in black pants, a white shirt, and a handsome midnight blue tuxedo jacket with black lapels and a simple silver pocket square (he may also opt for a dove gray or black tie versus a bow tie). The look will be more modern and young in style.
Attire: Bridesmaids Fashion
Following the overall color scheme of the wedding, I imagine the bridesmaids dresses to be dove gray with slight steel lavender undertones. The full-length dresses would feature halter tops encrusted in silver pewter, pearls, and stones that look more modern. This would replace the inclusion of a necklace, however the earrings on the girls would be large clusters of pewter diamonds and clear stones.
Attire: Groomsmen Fashion
The groomsmen will wear dove gray suits with blue pocket squares to coordinate with Harry. Shirts will be white and trousers gray. I do not see them wearing morning suits and would like them in traditional lapel suit jackets. They would also wear clusters of lavender and lilies of the valley as boutonnieres.
Ceremony Details: Flowers
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May is a stunning time of year for flowers. The wedding will be all about bringing the outdoors in, and creating an ethereal look that truly takes your breath away. I envision flowers in white and dove gray with touches of lavender. Blooms could include lavender sweet peas, garden roses in white and peach, large soft peach peonies, baby's breath, ranunculus, and lilies of the valley. These are all delicate flowers that create a romantic, soft look to this grand setting. Lambs ear (to drop into the soft dove gray) would be dripping in English ivy — tucked but not cascading. We might also see tucks of olive foliage, which has a great color and finish. Note: No pink will be in this wedding.
Ceremony Details: Music
Classical, romantic, and calm will be the undertone of the music.
Reception Details: Décor
Classic and grand yet modern and clean will be the overall view — not a lot of dripping crystals, but stunning candles of various sizes and modern-day glass candelabras à la Baccarat.
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Reception Details: Table Settings