No, you can’t get married at St. George’s Chapel or wear Queen Mary’s diamond tiara, as Meghan Markle did. And it’s safe to say you won’t have George Clooney pouring tequila cocktails behind the bar (as was rumored to have happened at the royal reception!), but there are plenty of sweet details from the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that you can steal for your own big day. Here, five ways to make your RiverCrest wedding regal.
1. Serve late-night snacks.
It’s been reported that the royal couple served burgers and cotton candy (“candyfloss”) late in their reception. A post-dessert snack is always a welcome surprise for late-night partiers who might have worked up an appetite on the dance floor. A great option: soft pretzels, which you can pre-package in customized bags (with your new monogram, perhaps?) for easy, on-the-go noshing.
2. Choose an unexpected cake flavor.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke from tradition when it came to choosing their wedding cake, opting for a lemon elderflower confection instead of fruitcake, which is typically served at royal weddings. Follow suit and consider flavors other than chocolate or vanilla for your big-day dessert.
3. Incorporate meaningful flowers into your bouquet.
Since the wedding of Queen Victoria in 1840, royal brides have always included a sprig of myrtle in their wedding bouquets. You can do the same (myrtle actually symbolizes love, so it’s a fitting flower for your wedding day!) or ask women in your family—mother, sister, grandmother—for any specific flowers that were in their bouquets and start a family floral tradition of your own.
4. Get a portrait of your entire family.
Get inspired by this portrait of the royal family (it’s tradition for royals to have a photo of the entire clan taken at each wedding) and make sure your photographer snaps a shot of your extended family—not just the immediate bridal party. You’ll end up treasuring the shot, especially as your family grows.
5. Have a special musical moment at your ceremony.
Who can forget the gospel choir’s beautiful rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” at the royal wedding? Or that cello performance? While the first-dance song gets most of the attention, your ceremony is also a great opportunity to weave in meaningful music in an interesting way, like a string quartet performing an instrumental version of a favorite song.