It has been ages since we had a royal engagement announcement, so Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just delivered the perfect holiday present to the public! Although the British are understandably a tad bit more excited that the youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana is finally ready to settle down, the fact that his 36-year-old sweetheart happens to be an American actress (well-known for her portrayal of Rachel Zane on the hit TV series Suits that is currently airing its 7th season) is all the more reason for celebration on the other side of the pond, too.
Even though the Palace has already explained that the wedding is set to take place in Spring 2018, an engagement just before the Fall ends automatically leads us to think of winter weddings. So, what if the 33-year-old Prince and Meghan decided to tie the knot tomorrow? These are the basics for a winter wedding – and a few extra tips to make sure you got everything covered.
Match Your Palette
Not everyone dreams of a June wedding: statistics show that 7.8% of couples choose to get married in December, 4.7% prefer January, and February attracts 7% of happy couples. In truth, winter can provide quite a spectacular setting for your special day: think snow, Christmas, and the perfect white and silver palette to go with your dream wedding gown. You don’t need much effort to incorporate these elements into your ceremony; depending on your personal taste, you could build the entire wedding across white and crème hues that match the environment or you could add a splash of playfulness by adding a couple more colors to the mix. Our top choices would be emerald and red: regal hues that go well with the heavy season – and our royal fling inspiration!
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Take Advantage of the Season
Snow could be your worst nightmare or your best friend – it all comes down to your personal taste! If you are more of a person who truly likes it hot, consider traveling to a warmer climate for the wedding: perhaps fly out with a few loved ones to a Caribbean island to say your vows. But, if you picked winter because you dream of walking down the aisle with snowflakes dancing around you, then all the most reason to make it shine! Pick a fitting theme, like Winter Wonderland; take inspiration from our iconic Ice Princess look for your makeup, and do not be shy: arrange for photo shoots in the snow – just make sure you dress warm!
Think of Everyone…
If you do opt for winter, make sure that you think of potential obstacles for the people that will attend the wedding. For example, do not pick that remote, albeit tremendously romantic venue on the mountains: in the case of heavy snowfall, your guests will struggle to make it to the event. Make sure that the people who matter most have warm alternatives in case of really bad weather – get a stylish yet warm white coat to match your wedding dress and make sure that the groom is also equipped with the perfect black long coat to go with his tuxedo.
…Especially your Bridesmaids!
And do take care of your bridesmaids – they are the invisible heroes of your wedding, making sure that everything goes smoothly and that your special day is perfect. After all, it is no coincidence that one of the most popular films of the last decade, Bridesmaids, that made over $200 million at the box office and inspired anything and everything from mason jars to online games like slots with a Bridesmaids theme to hilarious t-shirts and iPhone cases revolves around our best partners in crime. So, make sure that they are comfortable and have the right gear to battle the elements of nature – consider getting them matching white down jackets to go with their dresses, and you will have both happy bridesmaids and stylish photo shoots together on the fluffy snow!
Get in Holidays Mood
We know, we know: summer holidays are the best. But the marvellous thing about winter is that it is packed with holidays and traditions that are connected to family and love: Christmas is the ultimate family get-together holiday, New Year is the perfect symbolism for a fresh start together with your loved ones – and your better half – and don’t even get us started on Valentine’s Day, which is entirely dedicated to celebrating romantic love. Take inspiration from these opportunities and incorporate them into your wedding. You could pick a symbolic date like Valentine’s that will give an extra layer of significance to your ceremony – just make sure that you share your intentions well in advance so that your guests do not have prior arrangements. Or you could think of cute seasonal gifts like Christmas tree ornaments for your guests that will fill their stockings and serve as a stylish reminder of your happy day!
And remember to treat any weather mishaps with a smile and a laugh: let’s be honest, no wedding is complete without something going slightly out of plan! But, in the end, it is all about the person standing in front of you saying “I do” than it is about the perfect ceremony – and you know that better than anyone!