Do you have a feeling that Meghan Markle will surprise us with her choice of wedding dress(es)? After all, most of the royal wedding details that have been revealed so far — like her father-in-law-to-be Prince Charles walking her down the aisle, and no “giving away” of the bride – have been less than traditional. Here are some ways that the most talked about wedding dress of the year might be different…
Meghan might wear a non-white wedding gown. Being a second time bride, there’s really no reason for her to not rock a white or ivory wedding dress, but she can also elect to wear any of the amazing variety colors that wedding gowns now come in. Blush? Gold? Silver? Something blue? Something ombre? Something mixed? The possibilities are endless!
Her wedding dress might not be a ball gown. While her Suits character Rachel Zane wore a gorgeous Anne Barge ball gown, for her upcoming nuptials to Prince Harry, she might opt for something less voluminous, like a sleeker mermaid or sheath, or something in between, like a fit and flare or modified A-line silhouette.
Ms. Markle's wedding dress could be risquer than expected. If her sheer black Ralph & Russo engagement gown is of any indication, sexy sheer or illusion bodices and glamorous designs are a go. At least, we think, for the second gown after the official ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
She might bring strapless back. While a long sleeve wedding dress is a likely choice, she could go with a strapless gown or one with delicate off-the-shoulder straps -- with a long sleeved shrug or lace jacket on for the church ceremony, of course. Leading us to the next point...
The main wedding dress could be a two-piece that reveals a second look. What could be better than two wedding dresses (cue the Alexander McQueen gowns worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton)? How about three wedding gowns (or even a pant suit)?
She might go all out with the bling. While we love love love delicate lace wedding dresses, have you seen royal weddings around the world? They are blessed with pearl-encrusted, gold-embroidered, bejeweled gowns that are the stuff of fairy tales. When else can you do more is more if not during on your own royal bash?
Or she could go for something simple and minimal.
The ceremony will be held at the intimate St George's Chapel (which seats 800 vs the Abbey's 2000) and Meghan has stated that she loves a classic, pared down look. Could this be a hint that she’ll forgo the lace and beading and instead go for a clean number with minimal embellishments, à la Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden? A Phoebe Philo designed wedding dress, perhaps?
She could rock a trend-setting bridal detail.
Everyone expects Meghan's look to be timeless and classic, but there are so many beautiful in-trend details that she can incorporate into her look. We associate a super long cathedral or royal train with royalty, so what could be more regal than a cape? Or how about a removable overskirt? Or perhaps, something with a bohemian twist, like flutter sleeves?
She could be inspired by “something old”, and make it fresh again
A vintage-inspired detail might steal the spotlight. Think the elegant high neckline or cummerbund (oh, and juliet cap) of Grace Kelly’s iconic wedding day look, the short sleeves of the Queen Mother’s wedding gown, the numerous seed pearl embellishments adorning Queen Elizabeth’s gown, or dare we say it...Princess Diana’s super-puffy puff sleeves.
The royal wedding dress might not be designed by a British designer.
Not likely, but Israeli designer Inbal Dror was asked to sketch some designs for Ms. Markle, so...