Inspire – Design – Style
A Royal Occasion – The Royal Wedding 2018
Written by Becks | May 2018
“Two young people fell in love and we all showed up” Bishop Michael Curry
So many people excitingly gathered together to see the young, royal couple make their vows on Saturday 19th May 2018. From the coverage around the UK and the rest of the world, along with the sound of the almighty cheers from the crowds lining the streets, the royal couple have clearly touched so many lives, and will continue to do so with their relatable personalities and interests. And what a beautiful sight to behold.
Prince Harry & Meghan had carefully chosen every element of their celebration. Each detail holding special significance to the couple and their union. The breathtaking result? Their true love shone through. In the words of Prince Harry “The stars have aligned”.
We take a look at the individual elements the couple chose in keeping with many traditions, but with a subtle contemporary twist to make their perfect day;
- to honour the memory of loved ones.
- reflect their values and personality.
- and to give us an enchanting insight to the royal couple’s love.
The Royal Wedding 2018
Subtly reflected both of their heritages in union. Printed in England by Barnard & Westwood in London, with black American ink on white luxury British paper stock. The invitation featured the three feathered crest of The Prince of Wales printed in gold. The edges of the invitation gold gilded. The invitation wording also provided the suggested dress attire for the royal occasion. You could have a lot of fun with this idea and seamlessly tie it into your theme.
The Groom and his Best Man made their way up the aisle 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. I love this idea for a modern wedding, having the groom make his own entrance to the celebrations.
The Bride entered to the sound of angelic singing, trumpets and strings soaring and orchestrating the acoustics of the St George’s Chapel wonderfully. Whilst the Bridegroom and his Best Man awaited at the front. Prince Charles dutifully and gracefully greeted Meghan part way and accompanied her up the aisle to the front of the Chapel to ‘give her away’ in the absence of her father. Traditionally the Bride would be ‘given away’ as part of the ceremony. With a modern nod to this tradition, the royal couple chose a more personal, informal touch. They instead incorporated the ‘entrance and presenting’ of the Bride to the Groom, into the act of giving away, rather than the traditional spoken declarations. We personally opted for this contemporary twist for our wedding just last year as it felt so much more natural and personal – I’d definitely recommend it.
Understated, sophisticated, pure white, boat-necked gown by British designer Claire Waight Keller. Teamed with a stunning diamond encrusted tiara, ‘something old’ & ‘something borrowed’ from the Royal Collection. The tiara was made in 1932, belonging to Queen Mary.
The silk tulle, monarch-length-veil, (a poignant reflection of the late Princess Diana’s own veil) measuring 5m long. The edges were adorned with delicately embroidered flora designs representing the 53 commonwealth countries.
Hymn & Song Choices
Reflective of their passion, vision and hopes for the future and to “face everything together as a team” (Prince Harry) – true unity.
Full of sentimental significance, with stems even hand picked by Prince Harry himself for his bride’s bouquet at Kensington palace. A true love story! The bouquet was a stunning, simple hand-tied arrangement of beautiful white flowers:
- forget-me-nots; a tribute to the late Princess Diana, her favourite flower.
- sprig of myrtle; a time honoured royal custom dating back to Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840.
- lily of the valley; a symbol of sweetness and the return of happiness.
- astrantia; a symbol of strength, courage and protection.
- astilbe; a symbol of patience and dedication.
- sweet peas; a symbol of blissful pleasure.
The steps and St George’s Chapel were adorned with bountiful, natural floral swags and archways, of green foliage and scented white flora. Beautifully reminiscent of the English countryside and wildflower meadows. The couple, together with florist Philippa Craddock, worked with flowers that were naturally spring blooms, choosing local, seasonal flowers and foliage, including:
- branches of beech, birch and hornbeam
- sweet peas
Here at Paper Buttercup we completely agree and always encourage our couples to take inspiration from the season for real, beautiful authenticity. Not only for the flowers but through all the elements; stationery, food, attire, decorations, favours, cake and more. It creates a true sense of belonging and moment in time – captured in your memories of your day.
Another lovely touch is that the couple donated some of their wedding flowers to local hospices and women’s refuges. Plus they kept the long honoured, royal tradition, of placing the bride’s bouquet on the grave of the unknown warrior at Westminster Abbey. A lovely way to make this tradition part of your own and celebrate the memory of a loved one is to place your wedding flowers on their resting place.
The Order of Ceremony
An A4 booklet containing 21 pages of the complete order of service. Detailing the history of the St George’s Chapel, the wedding party itinerary, music, hymns, prayers, declarations, vows and readings. A charming way to share your love story, to thank everyone involved, and lead your guests through your day. A perfect keepsake that will bring back many memories for you.
The Bride & Groom
The personal contact throughout the ceremony with each other from looks of awe, love, smiles, words of gratitude and support and the gentle caress of Prince Harry’s thumb on Meghan’s hand as they held each other’s hands during the ceremony. These pure moments you truly remember, along with all the beautiful emotions you experienced as part of your day.
In honour and memory of Prince Harry’s mum, Princess Diana, a vacant chair was left for her next to Prince William. There are personal ways you can incorporate the memory of loved ones in your day; from a favourite song choice, flower choice, heirloom, photographs, candles, place setting and more. They can be discreet, little touches but their significance is held in what it personally represents to you.
- the cake – another seasonal and modern choice; ‘Elderflower & Lemon’ made by the royal wedding cake baker, California-raised, Claire Ptak. A lemon sponge cake drizzled with elderflower syrup from the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. Layered with buttercream and lemon curd, and decorated with elderflower swiss meringue buttercream. Beautifully styled with fresh flowers; peonies & roses (for decoration only), served with edible rose petals. Sounds enticingly delicious!
- the wedding breakfast was a feast of canapés with seasonal, British vegetables and flavours including; asparagus with Mozzeralla and sun-blush tomatoes, garden pea & mint, smoked salmon with citrus creme fraiche, Windsor lamb, Rhubarb crumble. See full details here: https://www.royal.uk/lunchtime-reception-0
- the evening reception is said to have been a more informal party, featuring ‘carnival’ theme styled food, including indulgent burgers and candy floss along with Bride & Groom themed cocktails.
A sensational day with so many considered and poignant touches. The enchanting results of beautifully, and personally, setting the scene for your wedding day to incorporate your personality, tastes and love story. I’ve loved reviewing every minute and detail. Congratulations again Prince Harry & Meghan, The Duke & Duchess of Sussex.