Inspiration from the Royal Wedding

Kensington Palace

In exactly one month, royal enthusiasts across the globe will all be gathered around our various televisions, cell phones, and tablets to witness the royal wedding of Prince Harry to actress Megan Markle. The royal wedding is a trending topic around the world and setting precedents for future weddings to come. Here are a few simple ways to take inspiration from Harry & Megan and incorporate it into your own special day.

Elegant invites

The invitations to the royal wedding "follow many years of royal tradition." Elegant and simple, "each invite has been printed in gold and black, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge." Does your family have a tradition or even a family crest? Take a cue from the royals displaying "the three-feathered badge of the Prince of Wales" at the center of the invite.

Gifts are out, Donations are in.

Reportedly, Harry & Megan "would like to forgo any traditional wedding presents in favor of donations to the following causes: CHIVA, Crisis, the Myna Mahila Foundation, Scotty's Little Soldiers, StreetGames, Surfers against Sewage and The Wilderness Foundation UK." If you find yourself in a position where wedding gifts are unwanted or unneeded for your wedding day opt to share the love and generosity of others by asking your guests to donate to some of your favorite charities as a wedding present.

Tasty Cake

For the royal wedding a scrumptious "lemon elderflower bake that will incorporate the bright flavors of spring." Think outside the box, there's more to a wedding cake than traditional chocolate or vanilla. Choose flavors that you love or that have a tradition of being in your family.

Meaningful Floral

The royal flowers garnishing Winsdor Castle include "branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, and white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves from the gardens and parkland of the Crown Estate and Windsor Park." The highlight of these being white garden roses reportedly from the new White Garden at Kensington Palace that was created in honor and memory of the late Princess Diana.  Find a unique way to honor those you love who could not be present at your wedding celebrations but are present in your hearts. Whether it be flowers or a song, or even the food, honoring those your love and lost makes the day even more special.

Stylish Send-Off

Let's admit it, what bride hasn't thought about a carriage ride to or from their wedding venue at least once in their life? After exchanging vows Prince Harry and Megan "will undertake a carriage procession from St George's Chapel through Windsor town returning to Windsor Castle." You may not have crowds of adoring fans lining the streets like Megan and Harry but you can still create your own magical send off with your family and friends.

And most importantly enjoy your day and those you love.

“This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom,” Jason Knauf, Prince Harry's communications secretary, has said. “The couple, of course, want the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family."

Quotes from British Vogue

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