It’s the most talked-about and photographed wedding of 2018: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot on Saturday 19th May.
Meghan’s bouquet had a secret detail
The elegant bouquet included some flowers handpicked by Prince Harry the day before the wedding. The bespoke bouquet, designed by renowned florist Philippa Craddock, included forget-me-nots to honour Princess Diana, along with sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe and jasmine. It also included myrtle, as is customary in Royal bridal bouquets.
The wedding flowers weren’t wasted
The flowers from the wedding arrangements, including white garden roses and peonies, were donated to charities the following day.
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Their ceremony was so different from William and Kate’s
Harry and Meghan’s ceremony may have looked grand and traditional, but by Royal standards, it was anything but. For starters, unlike the Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan walked down the first half of the aisle accompanied only by her mini bridesmaids and page boys. Harry and Meghan then included all kinds of personal elements, from the gospel choir to the address by Most Reverend Michael Curry.
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Meghan chose only British dress designers (sort of)
Her first dress may have come from French fashion house Givenchy, but it was created by their their artistic director Clare Waight Keller, a leading British designer. Her second dress was Stella McCartney.
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Their wedding food is making us seriously hungry
At the first reception guests tucked into savoury canapés including grilled English asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian ham, croquette of confit Windsor lamb and garden pea wanna cotta. There was also bowl food, featuring delights such as slow-roasted pork belly, pea and mint risotto and fricassee of free-range chicken with mushrooms and leeks. If guests still had room, they could then enjoy sweet canapés like orange creme brûlée tartlets and champagne and pistachio macaroons.
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They had a cool drink-cake match-up
They served champagne at the first reception, but it’s the soft drink option that really got our attention: an apple and elderflower cocktail, made using the same elderflower syrup as was used in their wedding cake.
Elton John sang Circle of Life
Kensington Palace confirmed that the singer performed at the lunchtime reception. According to The Daily Mail, the songs he performed were Your Song, I’m Still Standing, Tiny Dancer and Circle of Life.
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They had a second reception… with a shrinking guest list
Usually, couples have a more limited guest list during the day then invite more people to the evening. Harry and Meghan turned this on its head! There were 600 guests at the lunchtime reception, hosted by the Queen. For their evening festivities, the couple invited 200 to join them at Frogmore House for an event hosted by Prince Charles. Controversially, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, wasn’t invited to the evening party.
Meghan made a speech
Meghan bucked Royal tradition and made her own speech, apparently thanking Prince Charles.
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Idris Elba showed off his DJ skills
The British actor took to the decks at one point, according to The Daily Telegraph. We really want to know what he played…
Meghan and Harry didn’t have a first dance
According to The Evening Standard, the DJ (presumably the professional, not Idris, but who knows?) played I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston and everyone took to the dance floor, rather than the customary first dance.
There was beer pong
This isn’t the wedding entertainment we’d expected, but The Sun reported that Serena Williams was “playing beer pong like it was tennis” at the reception. We bet Harry and Meghan joined in.
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There was a Royal dance-off
James Corden acted as compere for the evening, and according to the Daily Express he organised a dance-off between Harry, William and Prince Charles. Yes, you read that right.
The reception was scented by Diptyque
Luxe French perfumer Diptyque apparently fragranced the day. We wonder if this means their famous scented candles were scattered around the venue.
There were slippers
In case guests got sore feet, the couple provided slippers at the reception.
The table names were quirky
According to Jania Gavankar, who was a guest at the wedding, the tables poked names at Meghan and Harry’s heritage differences, with Jania revealing the tables were called “potato, potato, tomato, tomato, oregano, oregano. It was so sweet. There were so many nods to the beautiful mashup of two cultures.”
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