Image by Alexi Lubomirski.
“WHAT WILL MEGHAN WEAR?” Is the current question plastered across magazines, billboards, and newspapers, and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t intrigued too! With less than two weeks to go until Meghan and Harry are wed, we have only a few more topics to cover before we watch as their wedding choices are revealed. We already know Meghan and Harry have chosen eco-friendly florals, charitable gifts, and an organic wedding cake, but what about their outfits and rings?
Just like her soon-to-be-sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, Meghan is keeping her dress top secret. We can only assume (and magazines won’t stop referencing her!) that it will be ‘classic and simple’; her usual style when it comes to dress sense. Whatever she chooses will dictate what brides will wear for the next few years; her influential position will have an impact on all bridal trends in a drastic way.
A few ways Meghan can change the history and trajectory of the wedding dress:
- Wear anything but white (white represents a bride’s virginity, so why white if your virginity is long gone? This might seem too brash, but who are we fooling?)
- Choose an ethical wedding dress designer with similar ethics to our LSMM vendors. This includes eco-friendly materials made with natural dyes, fair wages for the makers, and even design twists that mean Meghan could wear her dress at future events!
- Wear her mother’s dress, Harry’s mother’s dress, or borrow from a friend
- Wear one dress for the whole day (it’s not unusual for brides to have several dresses for different parts of the day)
LONDON – JULY 20: A detail of the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, is photographed before it goes on display at Buckingham Palace during the annual summer opening on July 20, 2011 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress featured lace appliqué floral detail and was made of ivory and white satin gazar with a 9ft train. It was worn her wedding day on April 29 to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. (Photo by Lewis Whyld/WPA Pool/ Getty Images)
Meghan has publicly demonstrated her support for ethical fashion, and given the dress will most likely end up in a museum for years to come, it will not go to waste, rather pass on important history and knowledge for future generations. We love waste-free wedding dresses!
Everyone is talking about what Meghan is wearing, but what about Prince Harry? It’s safe to assume Harry will be decked out in his military uniform on the 19th of May. Prince William wore his striking red Irish Guards Mounted Officer’s uniform, meaning Harry will most likely follow suit with his own uniform. If he wears the uniform he’s fought in, and uses it again in the future, perhaps we’ll deem Harry’s wedding outfit as the most sustainable in the history of all groom attire!
On the 27th of November, 2017, Harry bent down on one knee, and proposed to Meghan Markle with a ring he’d designed himself. The custom-made ring was created by the court jewelers Cleave and Company, using one diamond Harry sourced from Botswana, and two smaller stones from Princess Diana’s (his mother) collection. Instilling meaning in the ring far beyond monetary value, is something we encourage couples to consider when thinking about their rings, and our group of sustainable jewellery makers are always happy to work with heirlooms. Although we’d love to sit down with Harry and ask him about where and how he sourced the diamond from Botswana (conflict free and ethically sourced are important when considering your rings), we’re super impressed by his thoughtfulness.
A royal couple’s wedding bands are traditionally made from welsh gold, a tradition dating back to Harry’s great-grandmother in 1923. Whether Meghan and Harry stick to the tradition, is another story. If you’re picking out your wedding band and don’t have any welsh gold lying around… then begin by reading Ruusk’s informative piece around choosing your wedding metal.
The 10-day countdown is here, and we couldn’t be more excited for the happy couple! If you are planning your wedding too, make sure to check out our Mindfully Wed E-guide which will help you plan your wedding with the planet and people in mind.