The Royal Wedding Report
31 May 2018
Planning a wedding is stressful enough without the eye of the public scrutinizing your every move. It is clear that only a true princess (and her team of experts) is able to pull off a wedding as successfully and as gracefully as Duchess Meghan did on her big day.
There was a lot of controversy surrounding Meghan’s dress on the day. Self-proclaimed fashion experts were weighing in from all over the world either loving or hating her wedding and reception dress.
Many people thought the dresses were a let-down, that they were too plain, but we know that every bride has her own taste and ultimately looks the most beautiful in a dress that compliments both her and her personality.
The rumoured to be £100000, silk-crepe dress was from the famous House of Givenchy, designed by the- fittingly, British- Clare Waight Keller who has been the artistic director of the brand since 2017.
For those of you who don’t know, The House of Givenchy is a big brand in the fashion industry and is known for their classic look. One of the most famous dresses form the brand was designed by founder Hubert Givenchy himself for Audrey Hepburn in her role as Holly Golightly In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, forever setting the trend for the LBD.
Similarly the brand has made history with Meghan’s dress making for an unexpected simple, clean, yet modern, classic look. You don’t dress a princess without being remembered for many years to come!
When they first got together to decide on some ideas for the dress, they both loved the idea of incorporating more detail into her 5m veil (that we are sure will go down in history as the most cleverly designed symbolic tribute to England). Rumour has it that the talented people working on the veil had to wash their hands every 30 minutes to avoid soiling the veil in any way. The veil was fully and purposefully embroidered with silk organza thread motives in the shape of the 53 flowers symbolic to each of the Commonwealth countries. In addition they added a personal touch to the veil by adding the Californian poppy- for Meghan’s hometown- and Winter Sweet which is the flower that blooms outside Harry and Meghan’s Nottingham cottage. Lastly, they added sheaves of wheat to represent love and charity.
She kept the accessories to the minimum, but the one accessory everybody had their eyes on was Queen Elizabeth II’s tiara that adorned Meghan’s head. This was a perfect way to round off the classic look Meghan was going for.
Her reception dress was a lovely addition to the day. Designed by Stella McCartney -another proudly British designer- this designer-princess combination was perfect as they both feel strongly about woman empowerment and sustainable fashion. The gown was more comfortable and accentuated her figure beautifully for the reception where she could relax and enjoy herself after all the nerves from earlier that day.
It wasn’t all that easy though, just like us “commoners” she had to endure many fittings for each dress to ensure that the dress looked perfect. In fact she was rumoured to have had 8 fittings JUST for her wedding gown! She also had to start planning well in advance because her dress took over 500 hours to make. She had to endure family drama and had to rehearse walking down that long aisle with her pageboys beforehand to ensure that there were no hiccups on the big day. These are just some of the things Meghan had to endure to make her wedding day a success.
In the end tough, it was worth it. Meghan stayed true to herself and got what she really wanted at the end of the day.
Some advice for all our brides to be; all the stress is worth it in the end!