Royal Wedding Predictions

It doesn't take a fortune teller to predict that the royal wedding between Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will be the event of 2018. I mean, variations on Kate Middleton's dress from 2011 are still being walked down the aisle today. But at the moment, apart from the large-scale event it's sure to be, we know next to nothing about the upcoming nuptials.
 Luckily, there are a lot of hints out there, if you know where to look. Let's start with what we know:

What We Do KnowOn November 28th, Kensington Palace announced that the wedding would take place in May 19, 2018. We also know it will take place at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, and that the Royal Family is footing the bill.
 Often, as with William and Kate, royals are wed at Westminster Abbey. It isn't unheard of for a royal wedding to be held in St. George's Chapel, however. Prince Edward, the groom's uncle, married his wife Sophie there in 1999. As for the guest list, we know the Queen will be in attendance, and can assume Prince Charles and Prince William will be there, as well. William and Kate are expecting their next child in April, so Kate's attendance will likely hinge on the timing of the littlest royal's birth date. We know that Meghan Markle will be baptized and confirmed in the Church of England prior to the big day, and will become a British citizen. Apart from that, we honestly don't know a lot!

What Tradition Tells UsThankfully, the Brits (especially the royal Brits) love their traditions. As a result, we can make some educated guesses about what will happen this time around. There will most likely be a bachelor and bachelorette party. In the UK, these are referred to as Stag and Hen parties. William and Kate each had a very secret party before their wedding, so we can assume the latest couple will follow suit. As for the wedding party, British Royal brides usually have younger bridesmaids, generally not older than 12. We saw a departure from that with Kate's sister Pippa joining her ranks - maybe Meghan's American influence will bring even older bridesmaids to the party, so to speak.Pageboys - the British equivalent of our ushers - are similarly youthful on the groom's side. The Best Man, however, can be any age. We're guessing Prince Harry will return the favor bestowed upon him by his older brother and have William stand up with him.

The Guest ListGuests at a Royal Wedding tend to be foreign heads of state, various dignitaries, and celebrities. As Prince Harry is close with the Obamas, it's a safe bet to assume they'll be in attendance. Meghan's friend group is dotted with celebrities - watch for actresses Abigail Spencer, and Priyanka Chopra, Suits co-star Sarah Rafferty, TV Producer Lindsay Jill Roth, tennis star Serena Williams, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie (Markle and Mrs. Gregoire-Trudeau share a stylist).

TransportationWhile it's tradition for Royals to arrive at church in some form of horse-drawn carriage, recent marriages have seen a shift to another kind of horsepower. While William and Kate left the church in the same horse-drawn carriage as Charles and Diana, their arrival and departure from the festivities were in a Rolls Royce and an Aston Martin, respectively. With an American bride, we might see a continuation of the new automotive tradition, but the couple may opt to include more traditional elements to appease those already shocked that the Prince is marrying an American - and a divorcee! My guess is that, given Harry's close relationship with his late mother, we'll see Charles and Diana's carriage ride once more.

The BouquetSince Queen Victoria's wedding in 1840, all Royal wedding bouquets have contained a sprig of myrtle, symbolizing love and hope. Keep an eye out for lily of the valley, as well. In addition to symbolizing a long and happy marriage, the flower was carried at many royal weddings, including that of Harry's parents. 

Finally - The Dress!While this detail will remain a BIG secret until Meghan steps out of the car or carriage, she did drop some hints in a Glamour Magazine interview. According to Markle, "Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist."
 Some of her favorite wedding dress designers include Delphine Manivet, Christos Costarellos, Ellie Saab, and J. Mendel. Rumor has it, however, that she's considering Amanda Wakeley and Catherine Walker, two of Diana's favorite designers. She may also look to Kate Middleton's dress designer, Jenny Packham, or longtime friend Misha Nonoo. Regardless of who designs it, there is one thing that's a safe bet - Meghan will look stunning coming down the aisle.
 So there you have it - everything we know and want to know about the upcoming Royal Wedding! Do you have any predictions? Let us know in the comments!  


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