The day we’ve been waiting for is almost here! The Royal Wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will take place on May 19th, 2018 at St. George’s Chapel, followed by a reception at Windsor Castle! Since before their engagement, we’ve been dreaming of what their wedding would like — especially the flowers! Here’s everything we’ve predicted and can expect from the Royal Wedding!
UPDATE 4/2/18: It has been announced that Philippa Craddock will be the florist for the ceremony and reception.
Philippa Craddock, a florist to many high profile clients, has been confirmed as the florist for the Royal Wedding. Known for creating her designs around flowers that are in season, it is expected that wedding will include locally sourced foliage. As far as Megan’s bouquet, it seems the highly anticipated Peony will definitely make an appearance, along with white Garden Roses, Foxgloves and the traditional Myrtle sprig that has been present in royal wedding bouquets for years.
Meghan and Harry plan on donating the arrangements to charitable organizations after the festivities!
UPDATE 11/27/17: His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle are engaged to be married. The Prince of Wales made this announcement this morning: His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018.
His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle are engaged to be married. The Prince of Wales made this announcement this morning: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course. His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty, The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents. The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.
Every little girl has had the dream that she would grow up and marry a prince, right? Well, we’re predicting that girls (and grown women… and grown men… and everyone) around the world are going to be filled with envy if/when actress Meghan Markle marries Prince Henry of Wales aka Prince Harry. Though there are no hints of even an engagement yet, the couple does seem to be making strides in that direction. While we wait patiently for Harry to put a ring on it, everyone at Blooms by the Box is predicting what the big day will be like. But, most importantly, we’re taking a few guesses at what flowers will be the stars of the show based off royal/royal-ish weddings in recent memory and clues that Meghan and Harry have given us!
Kate Middleton & Prince William’s Wedding
When Kate Middleton married Harry’s older brother, Will, in April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London, the world stopped what it was doing to watch. The decor at Westminster Abbey is not to be touched, but Kate was able to incorporate her modern, classic style despite royal tradition. The young maple trees that lined the aisle paired beautifully paired with the lily of the valley, viburnum, and white lilac bushes to turn the abbey into a fairytale-esque venue.
Kate took a page from Princess Diana’s book, donating all cut flowers to charity while having all the growing vegetation re-planted. She also took after Diana’s style in what she carried down the aisle! Kate’s bouquet resembled both Diana and Queen Elizabeth’s all-white, cascading bouquets on a smaller scale. Kate’s now famous bouquet included lily of the valley, hyacinths, myrtle, and ruscus.
Pippa Middleton & James Matthews’ Wedding
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews had a little more wiggle room in their wedding this May. That’s probably because they’re not technically royals – although they definitely look the part! The enchanted garden-themed ceremony at St Mark’s Church was an hour outside of London – and was every bride’s dream. Garden roses, astilbe, lily of the valley, and hydrangeas in blushes and greens adorning every wall, pillar, and ledge. Pippa’s bouquet looked similar to Kate’s at first glance, but the youngest Middleton sister included hints of blush in hers. Pippa’s bouquet featured peonies, sweet pea, astilbe, freesia, wax flowers, and alchemilla mollis.
An element that it looks like Pippa did copy from Kate? Bringing trees indoors. However, Pippa definitely puts her own spin on these trees at her reception. Instead of green saplings, white blossoming trees were decorated with pink and white roses, spray roses, garden roses, sweet peas, and peonies at the after party. Accented by mini hydrangeas and lots of greenery, these centerpieces were the definition of a romantic, garden-themed wedding centerpiece!
Predictions for Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s Wedding
We have a feeling Meghan and Harry are going to incorporate some of their laid-back, fun personalities into a wedding that is still definitely going to feel royal and glamorous. Think a mixture between Kate and Will/Pippa and James’ styles. We also predict that Meghan and Harry definitely will include elements in tribute to Diana like Kate & Will did. Some things we’re sure of, we know that Meghan will place her bouquet on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier like Kate, Diana, and Elizabeth did. Also, Harry has followed in Diana’s footsteps with his dedication to charitable work, and Meghan shares this same passion. This means that they’ll be thinking about not letting anything go to waste after their big day, asking for charitable donations in lieu of wedding gifts, and incorporating philanthropic work into their honeymoon.
The last thing that we know for certain is this: Meghan loves flowers so that flowers will play a HUGE roll in the big day. If you take a look at her Instagram, you’ll see peonies constantly – so we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Meghan steered clear of the classic all-white bridal bouquet and went for a simple bunch of hot pink peonies! They will go for a lush, garden feeling with regal accents for the ceremony. In addition to peonies, the reception that follows will be overflowing with hydrangeas, tulips, lisianthus, lilacs, roses, and eucalyptus!
Everyone at Blooms by the Box is on the edge of their seats, waiting to see how the next royal wedding turns out! Which of these weddings, between Will and Kate’s, Pippa and James’, or (hopefully) Meghan and Harry’s, is more your style? Let us know in the comments below!