Our royal wedding rundown - and the best new trend in weddings WE LOVE thanks to that romantic old red head Prince Harry.

We honestly thought this day would never come.

We've been beyond excited to check out Meghan and Harry's wedding in all its regal, romantic glory - and now that we have - we need to, well, share.

Missed all the action? Fancy a replay? Keen to drill down into all the divine details...? You've come to the right place.

First things first....THAT DRESS

It was everything we expected of the divine Ms Markle...and more.  

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Royal Wedding dress

As only a few predicted, Meghan's wedding dress was created by fashion house GIvenchy, achieving the perfect balance between simplicity and sophistication - after all it had to be given the royal nod of approval by Her Majesty.

And the verdict?

Comfortable is exactlly what we thought. If a wedding dress ever looked comfortable to wear it was Meghan Markle's, but that doesn't mean we don't like....no...WE LOVED IT!!!

The boat neck, the sleeves, the fabric, and especially the Queen Mary’s Filigree tiara that Queen Elizabeth loaned Meghan Markle for the day.

The fabric was not as plain as it appeared, and every little detail about the gown was indeed intentional.

The designer Claire Waight Keller said it was an "exclusive double bonded silk cady". 

A statement from Givenchy said the fabric was...

"Perfect for the round sculptural look required, the silk cady has a soft matt lustre whilst the bonding process and pure white colour chosen by Ms. Markle and Ms. Waight Keller bring a fresh modernity to the dress," the statement continued.

Hair & Make-up

As for Meghan's wedding make-up, let's face it - it was flawless.

Meghans wedding makeup

Sure, it doesn't hurt that she'd look radiant in rags, but with a natural glow, hint of blush, glossy nude lip and perfectly groomed brows, her look was chic, understated, and befitting our new fave member of the House of Windsor.

Her relaxed up-do kept all eyes on the dress, and let her tiara do the talking.

The Ring

As royal tradition dictates, Meghan's wedding ring has been made from pure Welsh gold from the Clogau St David's Gold Mine.

The question now is whether Harry will wear his....(William doesn't wear a wedding ring, and Charles wears a discreet version on his pinkie)

The Tiara

According to Kengsinton Palace, the bandeau, which is made of diamonds and platinum, is formed as a flexible band of 11 sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds.

The centre is set with a detachable brooch of 10 brilliant diamonds”. 

The Tiara

The tiara was made in 1932, with the centre brooch dating from 1893.

The Prince

The princes

Let's not forget the dapper Prince Harry and his best man, brother William, who both looked super sharp in their military attire.

Can't say we blame Meghan for falling for a man in uniform...

The Ceremony

Held at St George's Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle, some 600+ people watched the couple say ‘I Do' during an hour-long ceremony officiated by the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

royal wedding ceremony harry and meghan

More than 2500 charity workers, local school children, wounded soldiers and community champions were treated to a bird's eye view of the couple coming and going from within the walls of Windsor Castle - and were among the first to congratulate the newlyweds.

Prince William stood by Harry as his best man, while Meghan eschewed bridesmaids in favour of a cute crew of page boys and girls, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte front and centre.

Following the ceremony, Harry and Meghan went old-school and climbed into an open horse and carriage for a two-mile cruise through the town of Windsor, where they were greeted by around 200,000 well-wishers (and plenty of paparazzi!)

Prince Harry's military regiments were also involved, with Household Cavalry troopers lining the chapel stairway and members of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, the Royal Marines, the 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, RAF Honington and The Royal Gurkha Rifles all in prominent positions in and around the castle precinct.

The Flowers

the royal wedding flowers

High-society florist Philippa Craddock was the creative mastermind behind all things floral on the day and surprisingly Prince Harry was too.

Hot new trend? We think YES!...

The day before their wedding, Prince Harry picked several flowers from the couple's private garden at their home at Kensington Palace. He gave the handpicked blooms to florist Philippa Craddock to be added to Meghan's bespoke bridal bouquet

the royal bridal bouquet

The perfect bouquet paid tribute to Princess Diana with Philippa including Forget-Me-Nots, that was Diana’s favorite flowers, sweet peas, lily of the valley and myrtle.Philippa used flowers and plants that are naturally blooming whereever possible, including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, white garden roses, foxgloves, and peonies.

After the wedding, the flowers will be shared with charitable organizations.

The Wedding Breakfast - so British - we'd call it the first reception

Now sadly there were no TV cameras to capture the traditional ‘Wedding Breakfast' in all its glory after the carriage procession, so we'll have to just share what we've been told...

Guests made their way from the Chapel to St George's Hall, where the first, and most formal, of their two receptions was hosted by the Queen, cocktail-style, with stand-up canapes and drinks in the largest room in the castle.

Formal speeches would have been given, and the cake would have been cut during this part of proceedings.

Let Them Eat ...Cake (and Canapes)

When it came to the wedding cake, the couple went a touch rogue, scrapping the traditional fruit cake for a spring-inspired lemon and elderflower creation decorated with butter cream and fresh flowers by pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of the Violet Bakery in Hackney.

royal wedding cake harry and meghan

As for the rest of the menu, the couple planned it themselves, together with the royal chef Mark Flanagan and external catering company Table Talk, who also dished up delights at Wills and Kate's wedding.

Fresh seasonal fare and locally-grown veggies were the stars of the menu.

And then there was ... The Evening Reception

In contrast to the formal afternoon affair, the evening reception for a mere 200 of Harry and Meghan's nearest and dearest was hosted by Prince Charles in a marquee at royal residence, Frogmore House, just south of Windsor Castle in Windsor Home Park.- and the location for the happy couple's engagement snaps last November. 

Celeb guests Serena Williams, the Beckhams and Meghan's cast members from the hit show Suits.

Meghan changed into her second wedding dress for the day, something a little less traditional that was designed by Harry's pal Stella McCartney in a shapley halter neck style that flattered her figure and achieved the perfect balance between sophisticated and sexy. 

reception dress

Prince Harry spoke and best man Prince William had everyone in tears with his heartfelt speech to his brother. 

Meghan spoke as every modern bride does these day and the pair kicked up their heels and hit the dance floor with their nearest and dearest - with Whitney Houston featuring heavily on the playlist!

Where did they send the Bill?

To the Queen it seems, with an official statement confirming the Royal Family would pay for the church service, music, flowers, decorations and the reception. Guess that means Meghan got stuck with the bill for her dress....?

And now for...The Honeymoon

Paparazzi worldwide (plus nosy wedding junkies like us) will be frantically trying to follow the couple on honeymoon, wherever that may be, the bookmakers' money is on Africa.

Renowned for protecting its VIP visitors' privacy, the serious money is on Namibia, and more specifically, the deluxe Hoanib Valley Camp; while Botswana, where the couple spent several days early on in their courtship, is another strong bet.

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