May 18th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Prepare to hoist up the Union Jack, gather round the TV and don your finest hat, for the royal wedding is upon us and anticipation for what’s to come is at fever pitch!
Since Harry and Meghan’s engagement was announced back in November, details of their big day have gradually been revealed or leaked to the press, but one element that has remained a closely guarded secret is what Ms Markle’s dress will look like.
Speculation of the designer has been rife, with bets placed on the likes of Alexander McQueen, Stewart Parvin, Erdem and Victoria Beckham, plus favourite, Ralph & Russo, with the Daily Mail reporting that the London-based couture house have crafted a £100,000 gown for the bride-to-be.
It’s also been said that Meghan will follow in future sister-in-law Kate’s footsteps by having two dresses; one for the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and a second to change into for the evening reception at Frogmore House so that she can party the night away without sartorial restrictions.
But still we don’t know what style that main significant dress will be – the shape, fabric, detailing, length of the train etc – until the proceedings are broadcast to billions of viewers around the world this Saturday. What we do know, however, is that Meghan’s choice of dress will have a big impact on shaping future bridal trends, just as Kate Middleton’s iconic long-sleeve lace gown did back in April 2011.
So, sharing in the excitement and spirit of the Harry and Meghan’s impending nuptials, we’re giving our thoughts on what the LA-born actress will wear for her biggest moment in the spotlight to date!
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While there’s a lot of talk about Meghan being the one to break the royal mould and put her own style in-line with tradition when it comes to design preferences, I believe such a high-profile wedding still calls for a classic gown. I’m therefore gravitating towards a safe A-line creation that cinches in at the waist, though I don’t see it being as large, ‘princess-ey’ or fussy as Kate’s.
Another impacting factor has to be the venue, while Meghan has said her personal style is “very pared down and relaxed”, the gown will need to hold its own against the grand setting of St George’s and also be a suitable and respectful choice for such a building. Furthermore, it’s reported that the Queen must approve Meghan’s gown, and so surely we can safely rule out any plunging necklines, thigh-high leg splits or Berta-style transparent panels. We can only imagine Prince Philip’s face!
So, I’m thinking clean cut and classic, yes, in rich luxurious, possibly silk fabric but with a level of detailing in jewels/beading – this is a royal wedding after all!
Sleeve and neckline-wise I think a thicker strap or off-shoulder design, with a gracious rather than deep-cut v. Or perhaps even a high-collared racer-neck design that would tick both elegant and contemporary boxes.
I’m expecting beautiful corsetry in the top half to accentuate Markle’s stunning figure and then flaring out and over the hips and legs to the floor for a hint of a fairy tale skirt.
The detailing I doubt would be blingy, so I’m drawn to more muted colour embellishment that will blend with the dress for just the right amount of sparkle and regality.
All in all as a bride-to-be soon to embark on the dress hunt myself, I can’t imagine the pressure on Meghan and those around her to create the perfect dress for such a stately occasion but I’m hoping Ms Markle brings some of that Hollywood sparkle and sass to Saturday’s proceedings.
The big day is nearly upon us, and there’s only one thing this bridal editor is bothered about… I’m not bothered who will walk Meghan down the aisle, couldn’t give a hoot what her (horrible) sister said next and I’m not even tallying up the bridesmaid and pageboy count. I want to see the dress. I want wow, I want romance and, most of all please Ms Markle, I want FASHION.
There’s a big difference between this dress and Kate’s – and that’s that whilst I was expecting K Middy to play it classic and classy, with Meghan, I’m looking for more fashionable form, and a nod to her Hollywood heritage. She’s also done it once before, in a simple chiffon sheath with a beautiful bejewelled waistline. I actually loved her first, beachy wedding dress, but the pomp and ceremony of Windsor calls for something a bit more structured, a bit more statement.
The bridal fashion part of my job – the styling for UNVEILED Magazine creative shoots, viewing of new collections and trend predicting – is without question, my very favourite part of my job here at Brides Up North, and as such, I’ve had some time and quite a lot of inclination to ponder what our future Duchess should choose.
Yeah, I know the odds are on a classic cut and heavy beading, probably lashings of lace and tulle… but my prediction (or wish list!) is a little more specific. if I were Meghan, I’d go for a simple yet sexy silhouette. I think she’d look sensational in something super slinky. Maybe an off the shoulder silk number, with long sleeves and a soft figure hugging bodice, tapering down to either a bit of a fishtail or a super long, soft, silky train. Clean lines, drama in the structure. A thoroughly modern, sexy princess. No A-lines please!
So pass the flags, I’m ready for Meghan’s moment. Just don’t let me down Ms Markle.
November 27th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Rumours have been rife, and now it’s official – there’s another royal wedding on the horizon, and we at Brides at North HQ are so excited we could quite literally burst into a shower of confetti!
After months of speculation, Clarence House has today confirmed the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged. And who can blame Harry for putting a ring on the finely polished finger of the American actress? Seriously hot bride-to-be alert! But let’s not forget, Harry too has earnt himself serious heart-throb status in recent years, and so we spare a thought for those mourning the news that one of the UK’s most desirable bachelors is now officially off the market!
News of the engagement spread like wild-fire with politicians, religious figures and celebrities from around the world keen to express their congratulations and echo the well wishes of the royal family and Miss Markle’s parents.
It’s reported that the loved-up couple, who met 16-months ago through mutual friends, got engaged in London earlier this month and that they’re set to marry in Spring 2018 – which means we won’t have to wait too long for the big day to arrive. Hurrah!
In the meantime, there’s no doubt speculation will go up a gear as industry professionals (like us!) and royal family fans (again, us!), will forecast, predict and propose just what their celebrations might entail; from the venue and guestlist to Meghan’s hotly-anticipated gown – everything is up for debate and discussion, as of now!
Details of the ring are already circulating, with US Weekly reporting that Harry commissioned the band to be made out of a diamond brooch worn by Princess Diana. And bets are already being taken as to precisely where and when the big day will be, Westminster Abbey in May 2018 hotly favoured.
Following the official announcement, the newly-engaged couple will move in together at Kensington Palace, with Wills and Kate as neighbours, giving Meghan plenty of opportunity to exchange wedding tips and advice with The Duchess of Cambridge following her and Wills’ nuptials in April 2011.
For us, and many other ladies and fashion-fans out there, the element we are most excited about is the dress! It’s been said that Meghan is already on the hunt for a royal-worthy dress that is “classic and simple” but with a hint of Hollywood glamour. There are bets being taken for the design house that will produce such a gown with Alexandra McQueen, who created Kate’s dress in the running. But, whatever she decides we’re expecting it to result in a surge of replica’s just as Kate’s iconic lace-sleeved dress did seven years previously.
We’ve already had a glimpse of what Meghan will look like as a bride, when she donned a gown during her role as Rachel Zane in hit TV series Suits, though allegedly Meghan said the pretty A-line detailed gown wasn’t to her personal taste. With her amazing figure, dark brunette hair and L.A. beauty, there’s many a wedding dress design that we can see her easily rocking, but if we were placing our money anywhere it would be on a simple, yet luxurious plain silk design.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on all the developments and brining you a full post on our dream dress predictions for Meghan soon, so be sure to watch this space for more royal wedding chatter! The excitement is at fever pitch here!
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