It has just been announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be married in May 2018 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Boasting the title of the largest and oldest castle in the world, this venue is a fairy-tale wedding dream come true. Although many are speculating that the couple will break with tradition, this choice of venue is very much traditional. Built in the 14th century, other members of the royal family have wed there before, including King Edward VII, who married Princess Alexandra of Denmark at St. George’s in 1863, and Prince Harry’s first cousin, Peter Phillips, who married Autumn Kelly there in 2008. But everyone wants to know–what does the venue mean for the couple’s wedding? What should we expect to see? We have a few ideas on how the venue will impact the couple’s wedding details.
The Guest List Will Be Capped At 800
Unlike the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who wed at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding will be quite small for a royal wedding. The maximum seating limit for St. George’s Chapel is 800, so the couple will need to pare down their guest list to accommodate. That’s a much small number compared to the 2000 person capacity for Westminster Abbey.
There May Be Many Sentimental Touches
Windsor Castle has played a very special role in the royal family over the years. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip spent a lot of time at the castle, and Prince Phillip chose the location to celebrate his 90th birthday. Prince Harry himself was christened there in 1984, when he was three years old. These sentimental moments likely influenced the couple’s decision to get married at the venue. We predict that Prince Harry and Meghan will also participate in other sentimental royal wedding traditions, such as placing the wedding bouquet at the grave of The Unknown Warrior, just as the Queen Mother and Kate Middleton did previously.
There Will Be Minimal Decor
The church’s opulent architecture speaks for itself, and we can’t picture Prince Harry and Meghan wanting the decor to overpower all the beautiful, historic details the venue has to offer. We picture the couple taking a more relaxed route with the decor and keep it on the minimal side. Instead, all eyes will be on the bride, the groom and the bridal party, which brings us to our next prediction.
Meghan’s Dress Will Be As Elegant As The Venue
Getting married at a historic location with so much meaning for the royal family means that Meghan’s dress will likely be beautiful with classic elements to reflect the venue. Toronto-based bridal couture designer Ines Di Santo has come up with a sketch for how she envisions Meghan’s dress looking, and we’re definitely on-board with the gorgeous lace sleeves and boat neckline.