Are you ready for Meghan Markle’s sure-to-be iconic royal wedding dress?
The 36-year-old actress is usually set to marry Prince Harry on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which means we’re less than a month away by seeing the most highly anticipated fashion choice of the year. Given Meghan’s amazing styles so far, royal fans definitely won’t be disappointed.
Not surprisingly, details on the dress have been top secret.
“I expect in which Meghan will go to great lengths to keep her wedding dress designer a secret until the moment in which she emerges by the bridal car,” ET’s royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET in March. “Let’s be honest, This kind of is usually a girl who knows how to keep a secret. She in addition to Harry kept their romance clandestine for months, so she knows how to stay tight-lipped… There’s going to be so much attention on the dress. She’s like every different bride in in which respect, she wants to keep This kind of a secret up until the last minute.”
however of course, there have been plenty of indicators when This kind of comes to Meghan’s fashion tastes. Let’s review everything we know so far about the wedding dress in which will be seen around the earth.
Frontrunners for Meghan’s dress include fashion house Erdem, after the label took its U.K. in addition to international PR in-house earlier This kind of month, prompting some to wonder if they were getting ahead of a huge news story.
Meghan is usually also no stranger to Erdem. The actress wore a tropical print maxi dress by the label when she in addition to Harry attended a wedding in Jamaica last year. Lead designer Erdem Moralıoğlu is usually also Canadian-born — though the label is usually based in London — which could be a sweet nod to Meghan’s home country prior to her move to the United Kingdom.
Another name floating aroud is usually Ralph & Russo, after Meghan wore a show-shopping sheer black gown by the designer for her much talked-about engagement photos with Harry.
Alexander McQueen’s name has also been inside mix. Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton, the British designer at the helm of Alexander McQueen.
In February, Harper’s Bazaar reported in which so many people were betting in which the McQueen label will be the designer of Meghan’s dress in which there was possibly a confidential information leak.
Nicholl offered ET yet another option, which could help endear Meghan to Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
“There’s a lot of speculation in which she might be going for Stewart Parvin, who is usually one one of the queen’s favorite couturiers,” she noted. “This kind of would certainly be fabulous for her to fly the flag for British fashion, however we will have to wait in addition to see. in addition to I think we’ll probably have to wait until the day.”
Judging by Meghan’s bombshell Ralph & Russo engagement dress, we know the actress has no problem going for a bold style. In March, ET spoke with celebrity designer Mark Zunino — who’s friends with Meghan’s close pal, Jessica Mulroney, (who helped pick out her wedding designer in January) — in addition to he offered insight into Meghan’s bridal style.
“[Mulroney] loves fashion in addition to she loves cutting-edge fashion, in addition to I think I can see [with] Meghan, in which excites her as well,” Zunino said. “You know how fashion girls are, you can’t let This kind of go, This kind of’s a part of who you are! I think Meghan’s like in which. I think Jessica feeds in which.”
If her character, Rachel Zane, on Suits is usually any indication, her wedding dress will certainly be romantic in addition to stunning. Meghan’s character wore a princess-line Versailles wedding gown accentuated by a full floor-length tulle skirt by Anne Barge during the season finale of Suits, when she got married to Mike Ross (played by Patrick J. Adams).
however in Meghan’s real-life style, she prefers more tailored silhouettes, often opting for chic sheath dresses in addition to flattering pencil skirts. In a 2016 interview with Glamour, Meghan said her favorite celebrity wedding dress of all time was the late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s iconic Narciso Rodriguez design when she married John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1996, which Meghan described as “everything goals.”
“I hold the luxury of wearing beautiful pieces of clothing every day for work, so my personal style — wedding or not — is usually very pared down in addition to relaxed,” Meghan told Glamour. “Classic in addition to simple is usually the name of the game, perhaps using a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses in which are whimsical or subtly romantic. Delphine Manivet in addition to Christos Costarellos are faves of mine for their uniqueness in addition to beauty. in addition to I will always be a fan of Elie Saab. J. Mendel is usually spectacular as well, especially for more structural designs.”
Nicholl told ET in March in which Meghan will make sure to “tick all the right boxes: traditional, elegant, sophisticated, memorable, in addition to fitting” when This kind of comes to her dress.
“I’m told in which she wants something with lace, in which she wants something with sleeves,” Nicholl said. “Of course she’s dressing for the rather inclement British weather, however more than in which she’s dressing for a very, very important occasion. So I think you will be probably pleasantly surprised for Meghan the ‘rule breaker’ when This kind of comes to This kind of dress.”
“I think she will definitely kind of push the envelope, however I think she’ll be definitely respectful to the royal family in addition to, you know, to the U.K. in general,” Zunino also weighed in to ET. “Nothing will be too exposed. I think she might go a little more form-fitted. She’ll still make the grandness of something, you know, embellished sleeves or a big flounce or something for the magnitude of the cathedral, however I think she’s going to go a little, you know, sexier in not an obvious way. I think she’s gonna redefine princess.”
Nicholl told ET in which Meghan doesn’t want to upstage her future sister-in-law Kate’s memorable, long-sleeve Alexander McQueen wedding dress, which cost a whopping $434,000.
“There have been reports in which [Meghan’s] considering spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on a wedding dress. I think in which’s incredibly unlikely,” Nicholl mused. “Kate Middleton’s dress cost 150,000 pounds. This kind of was her parents, Carol in addition to Michael Middleton, who paid for in which bill. I think This kind of was very unlikely in which Meghan would certainly spend more than in which in addition to in doing so try in addition to upstage a future queen.”
“I think Meghan is usually very sensible,” she added. “She understands what the perception will be of This kind of gown. I don’t think she’s going to want to get royal life off to a start where she’s criticized for spending something like 400,000 pounds on a wedding dress. I just dont think This kind of will happen.”
Still, Zunino estimates in which the dress will cost “at least $100,000 or more.”
“You know, [This kind of will cost] $100,000 to $300,000, because she’s going to showcase everyone: herself, her family, his family, the country, our country, Canada. She’s representing everything,” he explained.
Her First Wedding Dress:
Meghan clearly likes to keep things simple.
The actress married producer Trevor Engelson back in 2011 on a beach in Jamaica wearing a bohemian-style strapless dress. The no-frills choice featured an embellished belt, however no intricate lace or train.
How Many Dresses:
According to Vanity Fair, the bride-to-be will have not one, however two royal wedding dresses.
Sources close to the former Suits star reportedly told the outlet in which both dresses will be custom-made. The first is usually “an elaborate yet traditional bridal gown” for the ceremony in addition to reception, in addition to the second is usually “a glamorous, more sophisticated” gown she’ll change into for the evening to “party the night away” with less restriction.
“This kind of wedding will be one of the biggest events of the year, so why not celebrate This kind of with as many fabulous gowns as possible,” wedding dress designer Caroline Castigliano told the magazine. “I am fully expecting This kind of wedding to follow the same format as Kate [Middleton]’s, using a wedding gown for the day in addition to an evening gown, too.”
Women’s Wear Daily had a few designers sketch what they would certainly create if tasked with designing Meghan’s royal wedding dress. Below are a few incredible ideas.
Who’s Helping Her:
In January, a sourcetold ET in which Meghan had her first fitting for her wedding dress at Kensington Palace with Mulroney, who flew in by Toronto to help her friend with wedding planning. Mulroney is usually a top stylist, her high-profile clients including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.
She also regularly helps brides-to-be say “yes” to the dress (in addition to “#YesToTheJess”) as a consultant for the Canadian outpost of Kleinfeld’s, a well-known fresh York-based bridal boutique.
The close friends already worked together when they picked out her Suits character, Rachel’s, wedding dress.
Hair & Makeup:
ET has learned in which Meghan is usually required to use hairstylist Miguel Perez, who is usually Amal Clooney’s go-to London hairdresser, for her wedding day.
“Yes, I do Meghan’s hair,” Miguel reportedly told The Mail last week. “I do Amal’s, in addition to Meghan is usually friends with her. I also do George [Clooney]’s, I do the whole family. Amal put Meghan in addition to me together when she moved here [to London]. I do her coloring, her cut in addition to her styling.”
Perez said he in addition to Meghan have already discussed her all-important wedding ‘do.
“We have talked about This kind of [the wedding] in addition to we have a plan,” he said. “I can’t say any more, however we know what we’re doing.”
Though Meghan is usually a big fan of keeping her hair down or rocking a messy bun, the brunette beauty also looked gorgeous rocking a classic wedding updo as her Suits character, Rachel.
As for her makeup, don’t expect anything to be caked on. ET recently spoke with one of her former makeup artists, Spencer Barnes, who opened up about Meghan’s beauty philosophy.
“I don’t think she’s a person who naturally wants or needs or feels like she has to put on a lot,” Barnes said. “She’s softly defined, in addition to in which’s when she shines her brightest in addition to looks her best. When you’re seeing freckles, in addition to you’re seeing some of the natural qualities of skin, This kind of’s a Great indicator in which there’s very little on there!”
“She loves beautiful skin, to start with, in addition to she has the most gorgeous complexion,” he added. “This kind of’s in which soft caramel. Her mixed heritage makes her an exotic beauty of beauties. Her chocolate eyes, the way her eyes light up when she smiles, I love her smile, her teeth in addition to her lips. in addition to then her perfect brows.”
In fact, Barnes said This kind of will be Meghan’s glowing skin in which will most likely be front in addition to center.
“Whenever I’d work with her, she’d like to highlight her fresh, radiant skin,” he shared. “We’d do a very glowing, fresh-faced skin. We’d use earthy tones, colors in which enhanced her natural beauty, rather than a lot of obvious coloring choices, like purple, green or blue. We’d stick with earthy tones — peaches, golds, browns — a lot of rich, warm tones in addition to in which truly flattered her. This kind of helped her just look radiant in addition to fresh.”
Watch the video below for more on Meghan’s wedding dress, in addition to keep up with all of ET’s coverage of the royal wedding right here as we count down to May 19.