The world has been anxiously waiting to get a glimpse of Meghan Markle’s bridal gown when she married Prince Harry on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel, and Meghan did not disappoint.
Instead of going all out with sequins, beads, embroidery, and all of the bells and whistles you might expect from a five-figure gown worn to marry a prince, Meghan took her inspiration from her own simplistic, sophisticated style and wowed us all with class.
There were a lot of top designer contenders in the months and weeks leading up to the wedding, but in the end, Meghan chose Claire Waight Keller, the first female artistic director of Givenchy, to design her gorgeous dress. Keller was a perfect fit for the new royal because of her “timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanor,” said Kensington Palace.
Stella McCartney, a rumored favorite designer of the bride-to-be, ended up designing the more freeing halter neck gown Meghan wore to her reception.
Meghan reportedly had a hand in collaborating with Keller to create the perfect dress that would suit her personal style and the regal venue. “I think she loved the fact that I was a British designer, and working in a house such as Givenchy which has its roots in a very classical, beautiful style,” Keller told BBC.
In photos, Meghan’s wedding dress looks deceptively simple, but a great deal of time and talent went into its design. She wore a pure white gown with a boat neck and three-quarter length sleeves. The gown is made from a double-bonded silk cady cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza, according to BBC.
Of course, her dress only helped to put a major spotlight on that incredible veil. Meghan wore a 16-foot veil with a blusher that covered her face. The silk tulle veil featured hand-embroidered flowers in organza and threads from each of the 53 counties in the Commonwealth, where Meghan and Harry will focus much of their work now that they are married.
“We had different conversations back and forth and I came up with the idea of maybe representing each of the countries, the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, through their flora and fauna,” Keller told People. “We both loved the story of that. It also meant that single one of those countries also journeyed up the aisle with her. It was a really poetic moment.”
To replicate Meghan’s bridal veil, your best bet is to work with a professional veil designer and have your veil custom made. Luckily, we were able to find a few incredible Meghan Markle bridal gown look-alikes that aren’t going to cost you royal prices.
You'll turn heads just like Meghan did in this crepe long sleeve fit and flare gown. It's lined with Jersey from top to bottom and long sleeves, just like Meghan's gown. However, unlike the royal wedding gown, this one features an elaborately beaded motif on the sheer illusion back shows that the beauty is all in the details.
Romantic bell sleeves, an off-the-shoulder neckline, and a simple elegant design resemble the Givenchy gown Meghan wore during her wedding ceremony. Although it isn’t an exact replica, this dress is classic just like Meghan's. Boning in bodice and princess seams, as well as a super subtle mermaid silhouette showcase curves without clinging to your body.
This clean crepe white gown is both regal and sexy, thanks to a V-neck and three-quarter sleeves with whimsical flounced cuffs, princess seams (which are very Meghan), a column silhouette, and an unexpected front slit.
If you love the sophisticated elegance of a crepe gown but aren’t sure Megan’s long sleeves suit your venue and style, this modern wedding gown is a beautiful compromise. It features an off-the-shoulder fold-over neckline, cap sleeves, and a crossover skirt with pleating and a tulip hem for a fun twist.
Youyougu Wedding Dress ($85)
Meghan’s style is ultra modern and sleek. This two-piece wedding dress pays homage to her three-quarter length sleeves and bateau neckline but boasts a layer of lace for an added romantic element. A simple A-line floor-length white dress in chiffon complements the bodice.
This is a more casual take on Meghan Markle’s floor-length bridal gown, one that stops at the knee and is perfect for a daytime or garden wedding. It has elbow-length sleeves and an off-the-shoulder neckline similar to Meghan’s bateau neckline. Its floral embroidery and appliqué detailing are subtle enough to provide a bit of contrast and texture, without taking away from the simplicity of this pretty dress.
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