The wedding of the year is closely approaching and the words on everyone’s lips are Prince Harry and Meghan Markel! While we eagerly await for the details of their big day to unfold, we are looking at American customs that have crept into our quientessential British weddings and wonder what ones Miss Markle might bring to her Royal Wedding.

American customs and trends are more popular now than ever before. Brides want unique and personalised wedding touches throughout their memorable day so incorporating traditions from a multitude of countries is a popular practise. Will Meghan Markle follow suit? 

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Paula Rooney Floral Design | Spotlight | The Royal Wedding | Prince Harry and Meghan Markle


Save the Date 

The ring is on your finger and planning is underway. You would like to tell your guests about your special day ahead so we now have adopted the American custom of sending ‘save the date’ cards to those we would like to invite. We are sure with, or without, a ‘save the date’ invitation guests would not miss the opportunity to attend the wedding of the year!

The ceremony 

In America, the Groom faces the congregation to watch his Bride walk down the aisle while in Britain the Groom faces away and waits until his Bride arrives at the altar to take his first glance. Will Prince Harry follow British tradition and wait for his soon-to-be-wife at the altar or watch her grace St. George’s Chapel?

Step & Repeat  

A wedding celebration is one of the most important in a couple’s life and in America they have glamorized the ‘step and repeat’ tradition of creating unique and personalized backdrops for weddings. This creative touch has become the norm, not only at British weddings, but for all events. 


The giving of wedding favours, as they are formally known today, is a popular worldwide token of appreciation from the married couple. Like most things originating from America, British bridal parties have caught on to this and in recent years went above and beyond with variations of favours. What will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gift their royal guests?

Escort cards  

Escort cards have become a modern approach to table planning at a wedding. A trend that started in America has now crossed the ocean to Britain. They are great ice-breakers at weddings as guests usually ask others where they are sitting with the escort card in hand. Wouldn’t we all love to be a fly on the wall for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s evening reception?

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The Dress

The princess-to-be’s wedding dress is one of the highest commissioned fashion designs of the year. There had been rumours regarding who she has selected for her gown; with an allegiance to British designers Erdem and Antonio Beradi who she has dawned for previous social occasions. Fashion design label Ralph & Russo are also strong front runners in the wedding dress race as Meghan wore their design for her engagement photo shoot. 

The Flowers 

Our friend, Philipa Craddock, has been chosen as the Royal Florist. Philippa will be designing the floral arrangements for both St.George’s Chapel ceremony and Windsor Castle reception. Paula predicts that Meghan will be sticking with tradition and injecting English garden roses, foxgloves and peonies while incorporating seasonal cherry and apple blossom to her floral creations. The strong and unforgettable scent of the latter combination will be one fit for royalty!

The Cake

California born, Claire Ptak, of London’s Violet Bakery is the Royal Baker whipping up Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s cake for the auspicious occasion. Violet Bakery gave us some behind the scenes instagram clips this week with a shot of glorious crates of lemons which read ‘And so it begins’. Kensington Palace announced earlier this year that the royal couple’s wedding cake would be lemon elderflower flavouring. 

Paula Rooney Floral Design | Spotlight | The Royal Wedding | Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Paula Rooney Floral Design | Spotlight | The Royal Wedding | Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

I am very excited to see what British traditions the royal couple will incorporate on Saturday. I, especially, hope to see lots of British flowers; I predict Meghan will select from an abundance of English garden roses, foxgloves and peonies while seasonal cherry and apple blossom will also reign high.


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