We asked a selection of leading bridalwear designers to share with us what kind of wedding dress they’d love to see Meghan Markle wear at her spring 2018 wedding to Prince Harry...
The news of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement has had the whole Bridal Buyer team cheering – we’re so excited for another royal wedding and we cannot wait to see what Meghan will choose to walk down the aisle with.
We adored Kate Middleton’s elegant Alexander McQueen wedding dress, and discussed the idea of the Pippa effect in the bridal industry following her summer 2017 wedding, but now all eyes are on Meghan Markle.
She definitely represents something new in the monarchy - the American TV actress is half-Jewish, mixed race, divorced and hasn’t been shy to speak up on the issues faced by women today. But we never expected rebellious Prince Harry to go for someone bland. After meeting on a blind date in 2016, the couple became engaged in late November 2017, with Harry proposing using a ring he’d designed himself that incorporated some of his late mother’s diamonds, as well as a large central stone from Botswana, where they first went on holiday together.
We asked a range of wedding dress brands and designers what they’d love to see the future Princess Henry of Wales wear…
Scottish bridal brand Christie Couture specialise in timeless, classic wedding dress designs – ideal for a princess. Designer Lesley Christie explains why she picked out their CC113 creation: “This dress in our collection is classic Grace Kelly, and she was the last American actress to marry her Prince Charming.”
The full satin skirt is so regal, and the lace top keeps it traditional, but adds a daring flash of the shoulders. We also adore that cute bow detailing at the waist – and we bet Prince Harry would too!
Find out more about Christie Couture.
Will Meghan Markle go for a British bridal brand, like Coco Amore, to reference her new ties to the British monarchy, or will she go American?
If she goes for a Brit brand like Coco Amore, designer Coco Alexandre would like to see her work the lovely lace Madison dress from their latest collection: “Meghan Markle will be the new fashion icon of the royals this coming spring. With her unconventional touch, she will grace the aisle with an on-trend gown with a chic touch. Many royals have opted for a timeless look with coverage, but we think Meghan will (respectfully!) break the mould by pushing boundaries in a fitted sleek gown or one with intricate back detail.”
Find details for Coco Amore in the Bridal Buyer directory.
The team behind Grace Philips put forward their Vanessa wedding dress – a long sleeved satin beauty that manages to tick both traditional and unconventional off the list. It’s traditional in that it provides the coverage required at a royal wedding, but the glittering details around the cuffs, waist and collar take this gown to the next level. All Meghan will need is a tiara and she’s got herself a royal-worthy wedding look.
Whilst satin is definitely increasing in popularity, it would be foolish to rule out lace – favoured by plenty of royals on their wedding day, it’s likely Meghan will incorporate the gorgeous fabric into her bridal look.
Founder of House of Mooshki, Vikki McCarthy-Wright, would love to see Meghan wear their Alice dress for her spring wedding to Prince Harry. It’s got a classic full skirt and irresistible lace applique, as well as a subtly daring illusion neckline. If Meghan wants to make her own mark and avoid comparisons to Kate and Pippa, whilst remaining traditional, this could be the gown for her.
What do you think Meghan Markle will wear? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below!