With the royal wedding drawing closer, it’s time for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to tackle some of their most important to-dos. That includes the special requests they have for their big day.
Ahead, we uncover some surprising requests the royal couple have for the big day, including what type of wine they’ll serve (page 3) and the one special request Prince Harry has for the reception (page 10).
1. No fruit cake
Despite royal family tradition, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be serving fruit cake at their wedding reception (that we know of). Instead, the bride and groom have decided on a fresh lemon and elderflower cake, topped with buttercream and fresh, colorful flowers.
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2. Claire Ptak will be making the cake
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen pastry chef, Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery Cafe to create their dream wedding cake.
Much like Meghan, Ptak is a California-native living in London. But, that’s not the only thing the two have in common. In fact, Ptak and Meghan have known each other for quite some time, as Meghan once interviewed her for for former lifestyle blog, The Tig.
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3. Tignanello wine
There’s a good chance the soon-to-be newlyweds will serve Tignanello wine at their reception, as Meghan is reportedly a big fan. She even named her former lifestyle blog — The Tig — after the red wine.
Next: Let the public watch!
4. They actually want people to spectate
One of the most surprising reasons for the procession? Aside from being tradition, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle actually want people to spectate. The town of Windsor is rather small, and, according to the family’s website, it’s important to them that more people will have the opportunity to come together and “enjoy the atmosphere on this special day.”
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5. Meghan’s wedding dress
When it comes to her royal wedding dress, Meghan knows exactly what she wants. The royal bride-to-be has already selected a designer and insists on a dress that is simple and elegant with whimsical features (similar to that of her engagement dress).
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6. The queen chooses the tiara
Married life means you’re officially allowed to wear a tiara, starting on your wedding day. That said, the queen picks out which tiara you get to wear on your wedding day.
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7. A different wedding venue
Even though his brother (and parents) got married at Westminster Abbey in London, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle probably wanted something a little different for their big day. That is why the bride and groom decided to host their wedding outside of London at the queen’s favorite weekend getaway, Windsor Castle.
The couple’s ceremony will take place at St. George’s Chapel, and the reception will be at Windsor Castle.
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8. Prince Harry designed the ring himself
Perhaps one of the most romantic aspects of Meghan Markle’s engagement ring? Prince Harry put a tremendous amount of thought into it and designed the ring himself, ensuring it was a true representation of both the couple and the royal family. Featuring three diamonds — two from Pincess Diana’s collection — on a gold band, the royal engagement ring is both modern and elegant.
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9. Jewelry experts can’t put a price on the ring
Because of the ring’s uniqueness — and tie to Princess Diana — jewelry experts are unable to put a price on Meghan Markle’s engagement ring. But the monetary value combined with the sentimental value might make the ring priceless.
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10. Prince Harry wants Ed Sheeran to perform at the wedding
Who knew Prince Harry was an Ed Sheeran fan? According the E! News, sources close to the couple say Harry has asked the singer-songwriter to perform a couple of songs at their wedding reception — including the couple’s first dance song.
Next: The one request the couple had regarding the public’s involvement on their big day
11. A carriage ride
Despite St. George’s Chapel being located in the same vicinity as their wedding venue, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have insisted on taking a carriage ride through the town of Windsor after they say “I do.” The reason? They want to include the public as much as possible and feel a carriage ride through the crowds is the best way to do so.
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12. St. George’s Hall
While there’s no telling who requested it, the royal bride and groom will celebrate their nuptials in St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle. The reception will take place at lunchtime. And a more intimate celebration with family and close friends will follow.
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