There’s nothing like a wedding to bring people together, and a royal wedding has the power to bring an entire nation together. Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement last year, there’s been a buzz of excitement in the air at our award-winning wedding venue. Whilst the hopes of an extra bank holiday were quickly dashed, there’s no denying that May 19th will be one of the biggest celebrations of the year. As the day draws closer, we thought we’d focus on royal wedding predictions and take a look at what we can expect from the big day…
With a high-profile guest list and maximised security, it’s no surprise that privacy will play a pivotal role in the big day. While Harry and Meghan would no doubt have picked our exclusive wedding venue if they were having a Welsh wedding, rather than taking advantage of our acres of land to hide from the prying eyes of the press, their reception will actually take place at Frogmore House in the grounds of Windsor Park. As the 17th-century house is steeped in royal history, we can understand why Meghan and Harry have chosen it for their intimate evening reception. The elegant country house features a swish whisky bar for their guests to enjoy and its own flower room, which will act as an enviable backdrop for wedding photos. We suppose it’s the next best thing to Oldwalls…
The dress debate
Meghan’s wedding dress is arguably the most talked-about detail of the big day. The designer has been sworn to secrecy, but it’s likely that Meghan will opt for a British designer. There’s speculation that we could be treated to another exquisite Alexander McQueen creation, with Meghan following in the footsteps of her soon to be sister-in-law, Kate Middleton. However, Meghan did give Glamour readers an idea of her perfect wedding dress in an interview a few years back, saying, “Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic.”
One thing is for sure, with Meghan’s enviable style and a penchant for chic silhouettes, it’s safe to assume that she’s going to look breathtakingly beautiful and effortlessly elegant. We can’t wait to see how her dress influences the fashion choices of our future brides at Oldwalls.
Meghan’s engagement ring is a sight to behold in itself. Designed by Prince Harry himself and with stones from Diana’s private collection, the engagement ring will be a hard act to follow. However, with the help of Welsh gold, it might just be doable. All royal wedding rings are traditionally made from gold nuggets from Clogau St David’s mine, and it’s expected that Meghan will follow suit. It’s a tradition that was started by The Queen Mother on her wedding day in 1923, and as the Prince of Wales, it’s highly likely that Harry will honour the tradition. If only he could have picked a Welsh wedding venue to follow suit!
Not exactly a royal wedding prediction, although it’s worth noting that by having their wedding on a Saturday, Prince Harry and Meghan have already broken tradition. Plus, the wedding doesn’t have to follow the same strict protocol as that of William and Kate’s, so there’s room for Harry and Meghan to have a little fun with their big day plans. As such, it’ll be interesting to see a more relaxed royal wedding and to see how Meghan and Harry are able to inject their personalities into the day. Considering Prince Harry’s reputation as the party boy of the royal family, it’s sure to be a royal wedding like no other!
The people’s wedding
There’s no denying that Prince Harry and Meghan’s relationship has captured the hearts of the public, so it’s befitting that the couple has invited 1,200 members of the public to the grounds of Windsor Castle. The couple is also said to be making a carriage ride through Windsor town centre so they can greet as many people as possible. Whatever happens, May 19th looks set to take shape as not just a royal wedding but also a wedding of the people.
To celebrate the people’s wedding, our sister venue, Fairyhill, has an exciting royal invitation of its own for those inspired by the upcoming royal nuptials. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media channels for more information. What’s more, Oldwalls will be open this Sunday 20th May between 12pm-5pm for appointments so you can get inspired by the royal wedding and book a fabulous one of your own.
If you’re looking for a wedding venue that’s fit for royalty, why not book a private tour for this Sunday?