Saturday is the big day when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say “I do” and while the modern couple has been known to break a few rules, there are some traditions that must be respected. So we’re ready for the fascinators - those lovely little hats - and the fancy carriage, and here is what else we can expect to see at the royal wedding this weekend.
Couple’s attire - All eyes will be on the bride and her gown, which we don’t know anything about yet. As for the groom, Harry is expected to wear a “low-key” morning suit, instead of the traditional military uniform.
Tiny royals - We’ll get to see Prince George and Princess Charlotte in the wedding party, along with a few other children near and dear to the couple’s hearts.
Sweet scents - Floris London, a favorite of the Royal Family, is said to be creating a “warm and citrusy” custom scent for the couple.
Elaborate headgear - British custom dictates that women wear headpieces with feathers, fake butterflies and such to royal weddings, which makes for excellent people watching.
Bride-first procession - Unlike typical American weddings, the bride heads down the aisle first in British ceremonies, after all, she is the star of the show. Her bridesmaids will be right behind her and no, Meghan’s bestie Priyanka Chopra isn’t one of them.
Sprig of myrtle - All the royal brides since Queen Victoria have carried a wedding bouquet with a sprig of the plant myrtle, which is a symbol of love and marriage.
Live music - According to Kensington Palace, there will be live music and a choir led by the St. George’s Chapel music director.
Horse-drawn carriage - All royal brides don’t arrive at the wedding the same way, Diana chose the historic Glass Coach and Kate came in a Rolls Royce. But the post-nuptials ride out is usually the same. The newlyweds will take the carriage around the town of Windsor, practicing their royal waves along the way.
No bouquet toss - If you were lucky enough to be one of the 2,640 commoners who scored an invitation to the Windsor Castle grounds, don’t get pushy thinking you might catch Meghan’s wedding bouquet. It’s become royal tradition for the bride to place her bouquet on the grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey.
Shellfish ban - No one will be noshing on shrimp or lobster at the reception because the royal family avoids shellfish and rare meat to steer clear of food poisoning risks.
Rebellious cake - Harry and Meghan know that no one really wants to eat fruitcake, which has been served at royal weddings for centuries. So they bucked the tradition and went with a modern lemon elderflower cake instead.
Meghan’s toast - We won’t get to see it on TV, but the bride is breaking tradition and is expected to be giving her own toast at her wedding reception.
Source: Washington Post