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Anyone else have Royal Wedding fever? It might be because I’m a wedding planner, but I’m really excited to see Meghan Markel’s dress, the decorations and the pomp and circumstances. I love watching couples exchange their vows and the feelings of joy and happiness that surround the event.
Then my mind goes to the details…. WOW, can’t even imagine the amount of detail that goes into Meghan and Harry’s wedding day timeline. In many ways, Meghan and Prince Harry are just like other brides and grooms.
Family dynamics – Almost every couple has some family dynamics to worry about from divorced parents to sibling rivalry to that relative who drinks too much. Unfortunately, Meghan and Harry’s family dramas play out in front of the whole world and get reported in magazines and social media.
Guests lists – Who should they invite and who will be left off the list? You may ask key questions like, have we seen these relatives within the last two years when making your guest list. Meghan and Harry have invited about 600 people to the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel. According to Fox News.com, 2,640 people have been invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle which is a prime location to watch the pair’s arrival and carriage procession.
Food – Most couples worry about buffets or plated meals, and chicken, fish or steak choices. The royal couple will have a wedding breakfast that includes typical English food like crumpets, scones, finger sandwiches and, of course, tea. There will also be mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Cake – They are skipping the traditional fruitcake wedding cake and going with a lemon elderflower cake that incorporates the flavors of spring. It will be topped with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. According to Delish, elderflower has a sweet, slightly herbal, delicate floral flavor (see picture below).
Gift registries – The royal couple have asked for donations to charity in lieu of gifts. Their favorite charities include: Chiva Projects, Crisis, Corporal Scotty, Myna Mahila, Surfers Against Sewage, Street Games and Wilderness UK.
Unlike other couples, there are several things Meghan and Harry don’t have to worry about…
– Will St. George Chapel at Windsor Castle be available on their date?
– The time they can get into the church and reception site to decorate. Actually, they don’t have to worry about decorating.
– Will the photographer capture all of the key moments? If the official photographers don’t someone else will.
– Transportation from the ceremony to the reception, they can borrow one of the queen’s Ascot Landau Carriages.
Be thankful that you don’t have to worry about …
– Your wedding ceremony being broadcast on TV around the world.
– Several million people watching you walk down the aisle
– Security at your wedding.
– Trying to remember your future husband’s many names…his full name is Prince Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor.
– Getting the queen’s formal permission to marry. Under the Succession to the Crown Act and as sixth in line to the throne, Harry must obtain formal permission from the monarch to marry.
If you want to watch the royal wedding, it’s on Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 am Eastern Time. NBC will begin their coverage at 4:30 am Eastern time. ABC will cover the wedding from 5:00 am – 10:00 am. Fox, CNN and CBS will also have coverage the morning of the wedding.
All of this reminds me that everyone, even a prince and princess, put a lot of thought and effort into their wedding and they want it to be special for themselves, their loved ones and their guests. And at the end of the day, they are a couple in love with the dream of a happily ever after. We wish Prince Harry and Meghan Markel all the best!
Cheers and Blue Skies,