Is anyone else feeling a little sad this morning? Post wedding blues are one thing, but post Royal Wedding blues have completely floored us. What a wedding guys! WHAT a wedding!!! As expected, Harry and Meghan's big day was gorgeous to look at, but I don't think any of us realised it would be quite so moving and poignant. There were so many moments from the big day that we loved such as the dress and flowers. There were moments that literally moved the world to tears, it felt like a global celebration of love and there's nothing more magical than that. Here are five things we've taken to heart from the Royal Wedding that we think you, as Brides-to-be, should too...
#1 Make your ceremony personal
It's easy to forget about the ceremony when you're planning a wedding - so often the reception takes priority but Harry and Meghan's beautiful, personal wedding ceremony is a reminder of how important this part of the day is! It is the ACTUAL getting married part, so make sure you're giving it the attention it deserves. Consider your hymns, readings and music, there truly wasn't a dry eye in the house as The Kingdom Gospel Choir sang 'Stand By Me' and Bishop Michael Curry's address will go down in history as a message of hope and positivity not only to our gorgeous couple, but also to the world. Whatever your religious beliefs, the spirituality of a wedding ceremony can't be contained and should absolutely represent both people getting married. Harry and Meghan's ceremony did this and then some. It was incredible.
#2 There will always be family drama
Not even future Princesses get to avoid family drama and poor Meghan probably went through the mill in the run up to her big day. Weddings can bring out the worst in people, so just prepare yourself for it, make sure you're confiding your feelings in your other half and try not to let other peoples issues affect your happiness.
#3 Just be you
Meghan Markle's bridal look was utter perfection - elegant, tailored and minimal and completely true to her everyday style, with a shoulder-framing bateau neckline, simple A-line silhouette, and slim three-quarter sleeves.

Meghan Markle wore a Givenchy Wedding Dress that suited her style and the occasion

Never lose sight of your own style when choosing your dress. I know we don't all have dresses made for us by Claire Waight Keller for Givenchy, but just like Meghan, your wedding dress should make you feel like a million dollars. Claire designed the gown with Meghan's style in mind - modern and fresh. The wedding dress was meant to not only represent Meghan as a person and make her feel incredible, but also reflect the grandness of the occasion. The fabric is a double silk caddy which gives shape and helped to create those gorgeous clean lines. Don't overlook the power of symbolism in making your look completely personal too, the trim of Meghan's 3m wide x 5m long veil was embroidered with the flower of every country in the Commonwealth, along with Wintersweet, which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and the California Poppy, the State flower from Meghan's place of birth, California. Making her veil not only look beautiful, but also a strong statement of the things that are important to her and Harry, a compelling and thought provoking touch.
#4 When it comes to flowers, more is more...
This one, we've always known ;) There is nothing more impactful for a wedding ceremony than a floral arch and the work of Philippa Craddock and her team was just beautiful. You can only imagine the scent those stunning flowers gave off and despite being completely huge, the soft colour palette and wild, organic arrangement style kept them from being ostentatious. Show stopping yet demure - an extremely difficult balance to strike, but Philippa did it! Expect to see this dreamy, natural style of flower arranging at weddings across the land for some time.
#5 A statement car is always a good idea

Meghan Markle chose a second wedding dress for the evening by Stella McCartney

If budget allows, book the car. Harry and Meghan looked like total movie stars when they emerged from their Windsor Castle lunch dressed to the nines and drove into the sunset in an E-Type Jaguar. Meghan wore a slinky halter neck gown from Stella McCartney, along with a stunning aquamarine ring that belonged to Harry's late mother, Princess Diana. Like many moments from the day it'll go down in history and will have made for THE BEST wedding photographs.
But most importantly, Meghan and Harry most definitely had their day, their way. This was a wedding day that reflected the couple's personalities, both as individuals and together. It's a wedding we'll remember forever - magical, inspiration and full of love. Huge congratulations to this gorgeous couple for reminding us what it's all about - love is the way. Images via Getty Images, The Sun and The Telegraph.
Fern Godfrey

Written by Fern Godfrey

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