When Meghan Markle said yes to Prince Harry on May 19th, 2018, their wedding was not how the world expected it to be. They broke many traditions and made the day about themselves, as it should have been. In the Netflix documentary Harry and Meghan, which went live on December 15, 2022, Meghan talked about a few rules that she broke on her wedding day.
Meghan Expressed Her Love Out Loud
That’s right. Unlike any UK wedding, where brides do not give a speech, Markle went ahead and told the world Prince Harry and her love story. During the last few episodes of the documentary, Markle read a few lines from her speech. In her speech, she told the world how the two lovebirds met for the first time and, over time, fell in love. She called their story a modern fairy tale. She included a few cute incidents and gestures that made her fall head over heels for the royal highness.
King Charles Walked Her Down the Aisle
In an episode of the documentary, the Suits actress also mentioned how her own father could not attend the wedding because of a medical condition, and there was no one to walk her down the aisle. This is when her father-in-law, King Charles, stepped in and walked her halfway down the aisle. She also expressed how important King Charles has been to her.
The Chill Classy Bride
While watching the show, you will also find Markle talking about how chill she was on the big day. She recalls how calm and composed she was before the ceremony. All she wanted was a croissant and to listen to “Going to the Chapel.” If Markle has a secret for the would-be brides to stay this calm on their Day, the world would definitely want to hear about it.
In recent years, modern brides have been slowly veering away from the traditional wedding and the fairytale princess dress. Especially now, during 2020, when weddings and all types of gatherings have had to be scaled back, brides are looking for less ostentatious and more practical solutions. These alternative styles are still stunning and special but can also be used again after the wedding.
Brides today want that pizzazz and a dress that’s fully befitting their personality and individual tastes. This creates a lot of freedom of choice that’s not bound to the traditional silhouettes. As a result, choosing a wedding dress becomes a fun shopping experience rather than a pressure-filled and overwhelming process.
Many designers have seen the same forming need and started creating stunning pieces that combine elegance, glamour, and laid-back fun. This lowers the risk of brides investing in an expensive dress that might not be quite them simply to honor tradition. Of course, the luxurious tulle and taffeta gowns are a thing of the past, but there are simply more fun and fresh designs available that could easily fit in a town hall or beach venue with the same ease.
The Option to Personalize the Dress
A number of contemporary designers are embracing the romance over tradition movement that young brides want. Lines have been released that showcase couture pieces that are more art-focused and break the mold. Continuing to use luxurious satin, chiffon, tulle, and lace, designers are shaking off the “princess vibe” by crafting a-line kaftans, two-piece bridal suits, short and fun dresses for the bride that loves to dance, and much more.
In most cases, a designer is willing to work directly with the bride to help personalize the piece further by adding eye-catching details, changing the color of the fabric, and other customization options. As a result, modern brides can acquire alternative pieces that feel more like an extension of themselves rather than conforming to what they think they should be wearing for such an occasion.