Meghan Markle might have married Prince Harry in one of the most simple wedding dresses the royal family has ever seen, but that’s not what matters. Instead of going all out with a big puffy princess dress, the duchess kept things classy — and true to her personal style — with subtle tributes to her beliefs and new family heritage.
Discover the real meaning behind Meghan Markle’s wedding gown (page 5) and veil (page 8), plus the strict royal wedding dress rule she did not care to follow (page 11), ahead.
1. Meghan Markle’s Givenchy wedding dress
- Meghan fooled fashion experts and went with a dress by Givenchy.
On her wedding day, Meghan surprised fashion experts by walking down the aisle in a dress designed by Givenchy.
Prior to the big day, many speculated she would wear Ralph and Russo — aka, her engagement dress designer — Erdem, Alexander McQueen, or Stella McCartney.
Next: Some were surprised by this detail.
2. Her dress was white
- Meghan followed royal family rules and wore all white on her wedding day.
Despite having been previously married, Meghan stuck to royal family tradition and wore all white on her wedding day. This came as a surprise to some, but the royal is a fan of classic style and we can’t think of anything more classic than sticking to deep-rooted traditions.
Next: A modern detail
3. The sleeves
- Meghan’s three-quarter length sleeves added a touch of modernity to her dress.
There’s no doubt that Meghan has helped make the royal family more modern, and her wedding dress is an excellent example of her efforts. Instead of a traditional long-sleeved dress, the royal opted for three-quarter length sleeves.
Next: Her dress requirements.
4. Her dream wedding dress
- Meghan wanted a dress that was simple, classy, and elegant with a structural design.
There’s no doubt the royal wore her dream wedding dress. According to royal reporter, Omid Scobie Meghan was adamant about having a dress that was simple, classy, and elegant.
In addition to these design details, Meghan once told Glamour Magazine that she prefers more structural designs, which was also reflected in her Givenchy gown.
Next: The real meaning behind Meghan Markle’s royal wedding dress.
5. The designer
- Givenchy’s first female artistic director, Clare Waight Keller designed Meghan’s wedding gown.
Leave it up to Meghan to add a feminist touch to her royal wedding day. A big reason why the Duchess of Sussex might have selected Givenchy to design her dress is because of the fashion house’s artistic director.
Not only is Clare Waight Keller British, she’s also Givenchy’s first-ever female artistic director.
Next: Another reason why she asked Clare Waight Keller to design her dress.
6. Elegant and relaxed style
- Meghan chose Clare Waight Keller for her elegant and relaxed designs.
For her wedding gown, Meghan wanted something true to her personal style. She chose Clare Waight Keller to design her dress because of her elegant and relaxed aesthetic.
Next: This was not so feminist of her …
7. Her veil
- Meghan’s veil was made of silk tulle and 16 feet long.
Perhaps the one surprising thing about her wedding day look was her veil. Despite her feminist views, the royal wore a 16 foot white cathedral veil made of silk tulle.
Fun fact: Her white veil was so delicate that the seamstresses had to wash their hands every 30 minutes while embroidering it.
Next: The real meaning behind her veil.
8. A tribute to her new country
- Meghan’s veil featured embroidered flowers from every Commonwealth country.
Meghan’s wedding dress may have been all about simplicity, but her veil could not have been more opposite. The stunning 16-foot cathedral veil featured hand-embroidered flowers — in organza and threads — from all 53 Commonwealth countries.
Next: How she honored her roots.
9. The California poppy
- Markle paid tribute to her home state of California by including the California poppy on her veil.
In addition to the Commonwealth flowers, Meghan also requested that the California poppy be featured in the details of her veil as a way to pay homage to her home state.
Meghan also honored her new home with embroidered Wintersweet flowers, which grow at Kensington Palace.
Next: Her something borrowed
10. Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara
- The queen loaned her Queen Mary’s Diamond bandeau Tiara for her wedding day.
Meghan didn’t have to worry about her something borrowed on her big day — the queen had her covered with Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara.
Created in 1932, the tiara features a stunning brooch in the center that was given to Queen Mary — who was a princess at the time — in 1893.
Fun fact: The center jewel can be swapped out. In the past, it featured a sapphire center stone, but Markle went with a diamond for her wedding day.
Next: Her dress broke this royal wedding rule.
11. No lace
- Despite royal family tradition, Meghan didn’t wear lace.
With the exception of her embroidered veil, Meghan didn’t wear lace on her wedding day — a tradition all royal brides are supposed to follow.
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