What a day! On May 19th, 2018, Meghan Markle walked the steps at St. George’s chapel in Windsor to meet her adoring husband at the altar to say ‘I do’ in front of 18 million people worldwide. The bride wore a Givenchy gown and a 16 foot long veil to meet Prince Charles for her walk down the aisle. Women the world over swooned at the epic Cinderella-ness of it all. And while the fairytale played out, it was hard not to watch with a rising royal fever and a bit of bridal envy.
For those with a case of Disney dreams, Meghan’s fantasy bridal look can be recreated without the million dollar wedding budget. Here’s how to get Meghan’s dream dress and accessories for much less.
On her wedding day the Duchess of Sussex wore the 1932 Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara. The art deco piece was borrowed from Queen Elizabeth’s private collection and features a detachable center brooch comprised of 10 diamonds. The platinum tiara is also interlaced with ovals and pavé diamonds. It’s been reported that Meghan made a private visit to Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace to select her sparkling headpiece for the day. Get a nearly identical replica of Meghan’s tiara on Etsy or shop the style on Amazon (shown).
The duchess opted for her Cartier white gold and diamond Galanterie studs for her big day. She has worn the stunning round earrings made of 18k white gold for numerous royal engagement including an Invictus Games reception as well as a Christmas luncheon with the royal family, Meghan has donned the sparklers on at least seven different occasions including her wedding day.
Givenchy Wedding Dress
While Meghan’s dress was a byproduct of the Givenchy fashion house and a result of the imagination and collaboration between Clare Waight Keller and Meghan herself, the custom dress reportedly costing in the six-figures is a bespoke piece and not for resale. A similar style from Meghan’s other dress designer, Stella McCartney, has features of Meghan’s wedding gown sans bateau neckline.
For her wedding day, Meghan wore her Trilogy engagement ring designed by Prince Harry. She also received her Welsh gold wedding band on the day of the nuptials. Meghan’s custom engagement ring features a trio of large diamonds set on a gold band made by the Queen’s jeweler Cleave and Company. The stunning ring worth an estimated $500,000 to one million (with the royal provenance) has one large cushion cut diamond sourced from Botswana which is flanked by two smaller stones from Princess Diana’s collection.
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Can you say drama? Meghan’s wedding veil actually took longer to create than her wedding gown and embroiderers spent 500 hours making sure the veil’s intricate flowers and symbolic crops of wheat were perfect. Not only did these gifted artisans spend countless hours crafting the stunning lacy headpiece but they washed their hands every 30 minutes during construction ensuring that the the veil was a flawless masterpiece. Featured on the 16-foot train were two of Meghan’s favorite flowers including wintersweet and California Poppy plus 53 individual flowers representing the Commonwealth countries.