With the Royal Wedding only a few days away, it’s time to wade through all the excitement and finally get down to the fun part… Our final predictions. We thought we’d share today our last predictions for Royal Wedding style before we see the great reveal on Saturday morning at St. George’s Chapel.
We’re still torn on the million dollar question – who will design Meghan Markle’s wedding dress? While all the betting money is on Ralph & Russo, and they would make a stunning gown, they’re not a done deal. Even though Harry was seen spotted at their Headquarters… Even though they tweeted a photo at the Royal College of Needlework… They still aren’t a lock. So if it’s not them, who might it be? At this point, we think the top contenders left would be Stella McCartney (Meghan has worn their pieces before, they have a strong corporate ethos in sustainability which would appeal to Meghan and Stella makes gorgeous designs), Erdem (Meghan has a close relationship with the Montreal-born British designer, it would be a nice nod to the Commonwealth and the early days of the royal romance but his designs are not always traditional), Roland Mouret (a good friend of Meghan’s who has appeared on her social media accounts who might possibly be considered British since he moved back to London in 2016), Alexander McQueen (Yes, likely a no because of their design of Kate’s dress, but Kate’s dress was very romantic and their line also has an edgier, modern side that Meghan likes) or possibly Emilia Wickstead (who would need to really step out of their comfort zone for Meghan, but she has worn them recently)
Our dark horse pick is Antonio Berardi, the designer of the polo dress that Meghan wore when watching Harry last summer. He has a bridal line and the styles are very Meghan, but it’s a smaller shop and we are not entirely convinced.
There will also be two dresses that Meghan will wear on her wedding day. The dress that will forever be associated with the Royal Wedding, the ceremony dress, is the most talked about one. It will be the more traditional dress, with elements like a train and detailing which Meghan might not have otherwise selected (remember, her ideal wedding dress that she shared awhile back was Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s which could not be more simple). We see the evening reception dress as being the dress that will best capture Meghan’s style as it’s for a less traditional affair with a lot of the couple’s personality infused into it – and we see this for that dress as well.
What we are sure of is what we think the dress itself will encapsulate. As we shared with Vanity Fair, we’re quite sure about the aesthetic of the dress.
“We’re envisioning seeing a combination of Meghan Markle and HRH Meghan—a mix of Meghan’s love of minimalist lines and aesthetic coupled with the traditional requirements that go into the dress of a royal bride. We’re expecting to see a train, a creamy off-white color and some extremely intricate needlework that go into the bespoke gown, regardless of who the designer might be.”
Here’s an area where our Editors are divided. Christine is envisioning a pair of bespoke Manolo Blahnik shoes for Meghan to walk down the aisle in, custom designed to work perfectly with her dress. She even has a pair that she think would be a great starting point for Meghan, the LaLa Bride.
Amanda has slightly different thoughts – thinking that the shoe might be one area where Meghan can retain a little more Meghan Markle in her step at such a traditionally styled day and that she might choose a pair of shoes from a designer she knows and loves, like Aquazzura. If you don’t believe that Meghan loves their shoes, check out some of the pairs she’s worn in our archives – including the pair she wore at the engagement photocall. While still thinking a bespoke pair would be in the works if it’s the case, a pair based off of this design (definitely not thinking white!) could work…
Or, perhaps a pair based on the Linda 105, a strappy number. These would provide a little less stability for those precarious steps up to St. George’s Chapel, but if anyone has the experience of walking in heels with ease and grace, it’s Meghan Markle!
An area both Amanda & Christine agree on – that Meghan will in fact wear a tiara. We speculated on all the picks for tiaras several weeks ago on the blog, but our top pick remains of a tiara that we’d love to see Meghan wear on Saturday… and for years to come… The Strathmore Rose tiara.
Why do we love this as a tiara choice for Meghan? The first and most prominent reason is that the tiara hasn’t been in use since the 1930s. This is important since the Queen (the “owner” of the tiara) has not worn the tiara, and she typically does not lend out tiaras that she’s worn, in fact tennis to lend a tiara long-term to a female member of the family – meaning that this tiara could be “Meghan’s” tiara going forward if it’s selected. Additionally, because the tiara belonged to the Queen Mother, a beloved member of the Royal Family, it’s one that will likely come back around within the royal family. Lastly, we think that this tiara also very much ties into Meghan’s aesthetic and love of flowers.
The Hair & Make-Up
The one thing we know for sure about Meghan’s hair and make-up is that it will be classic, minimal and emphasizing the bride’s natural beauty. Let’s talk about the hair first. While the Editors disagree about the hair’s final style (Christine votes up, Amanda down – for the record), we all agree that the style will be perfectly tailored to match with the choice of tiara, choice of dress and overall look that Meghan is striving for. Plus, with hair that styles this gorgeously, can you go wrong? We might actually be both right in combination with a half up/half down combination like we saw from Meghan’s future sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Make-up is one area that we’re confident will reflect her natural beauty (she often spoke of her desire to show her natural freckles, for example) and emphasize her best features. There are rumours back and forth about if the make-up will be done professionally or not. Charlotte Tilbury has been been hush-hush whispered as doing the bride’s makeup for her big day (Meghan loves several of the British artists’ products) but there are also rumours that Meghan’s friends will step in and help her. She’s a natural beauty, knows what she likes and knows how to shine on the red carpet. We’re confident her look will be resplendent no matter what route she takes.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the big day – what are your predictions? Make them below, in the comments, and don’t forget to add them into our Royal Wedding Pool!