When actress Meghan Markle stepped into Prince Harry’s life, it set the world speculating about their relationship. There were lots of gossip flying around about them. People were intrigued. It’s not every day a prince dates an actress. However, you can’t dictate to love and tell it who to give your heart to.
Megan confirmed her feelings by saying, “We’re a couple,” she added. “We’re in love. I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time.”
During a TV interview, Prince Harry said, “Beautiful” Ms Markle “just tripped and fell into my life”.
Fast forward a few months, Prince Harry got down on one knee and popped the question to Meghan earlier this month. Apparently, he did this while they were cooking the Sunday roast at his home in Kensington Palace. How romantic.
Not surprisingly, the release of their wedding engagement has hit the headlines. It’s sure to be the most talked about topic till they get married next spring. The date is yet to be confirmed.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has stated that the couple hopes to get married in a church. They are keen to say their vows to God in a religious ceremony.
What lessons can you take away from Prince Harry and Meghan if you’re planning to get married?
Take the time to get to know your future partner. Spend less time trying to impress with expensive dates and acts that you can’t keep up with into the future of the relationship. Instead, strip everything back and really get to know your significant other.
Once you know, don’t waste time. Prince Harry proposed to Meghan less than two years after they met. And the wedding date is set for less than a year away. Long courtship and engagements may work for some people, but once you know you’ve met the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, don’t delay. Why not pop the question?
Use the list below as a guide to get you started planning for your big day…
1 – Set the date because everything else will revolve around this.
2 – Choose your venue. This should include the place of marriage, followed by where you will hold the reception party. The royal couple van choose between St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey or St Paul’s Cathedral. They need to think of a big venue because of the number of people who will be attending.
3 – Sort out your guest list. But keep the numbers within your wedding budget. If you’ve got lots of money to spend like the royals, you can afford to invite as many friends and family members as you like.
4 – Choose your best man and bridesmaids. These should be people close to you and your fiancé. They’re likely to pull out all the stops and help you with the wedding planning. In addition, they will know your likes and dislikes.
5 – Think about your wedding dress. Will you have it designed, purchased from a bridal shop or a large department store? Then again, depending on your budget it might be more affordable to hire a wedding dress. After all, if you’re not sentimental, you won’t mind not keeping it.
6 – Organise your wedding invites. If you’re creative, you could design your own, get them printed and either hand deliver or post them. There are many companies online such as Smile Box where you can download free wedding invitation templates.
7 – Time to consider the wedding cake and flowers. Shop around for the best flowers for you and your bridesmaids. Think colour scheme as well to make sure the blooms match your choice of colours for the wedding. And wedding cakes should be carefully chosen from a professional cake maker. You want to make sure it tastes as good as it looks.
8 – Don’t forget the honeymoon. This is where you kick off the start of married life together. Your honeymoon will have memories that will last a lifetime. Plan this together with your intended husband. Good preparation is key to making sure everything is in place to accommodate you, especially if travelling abroad.
So, there you have it. Plan your wedding along with the royals, Prince Harry and Meghan, and feel like a royal yourself. Keep an eye on the news or read the newspapers for the latest updates on the unfolding wedding of a royal, modern generation.