The search is off and Meghan Markle has reportedly appointed her wedding dress designer and chosen the dress for her highly-anticipated royal wedding in England. While it is unlikely that the styles will be revealed until Markle arrives at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on May 19 2018, the rumor mill is working overtime. The top contenders to date?

Ralph & Russo: The Extravagant Show-Stoppers

Australian duo and real life couple, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, are renowned for their extravagant couture designs and have recently launched a ready-to-wear collection. Markle selected a $75,000 Ralph and Russo dress for her engagement session with Prince Harry which became an instant Instagram sensation. Now, according to reports in the Daily Mail, they are rumored to be Markle’s chosen dressmakers.

Kensington Palace is notoriously secretive about all things wedding, so we will have to wait and see!

May 19, 2018 Update – And the Bride Wore…

Givenchy.

While Ralph & Russo made headlines with their feathery engagement dress and the all-but-confirmed rumors of a wedding gown valued at 100,000 British pounds, it was Claire Waight Keller’s white boat-neck creation from the House of Givenchy that turned heads at the Windsor Castle ceremony.

According to the BBC, Markle chose Keller for her “timeless” aesthetic. It does seem fitting that a world-renowned British designer, approved by Kensington Palace, created the masterpiece for this latest royal wedding.

Royal Influence on Destination Weddings

Of course, the wedding world is heavily influenced by celebrity weddings, so it will be interesting to see how Markle’s gown, and the royal wedding itself, influence nuptials well into the 2019 season and beyond.

Will demand for destination weddings in England grow in response? We are already seeing couples changing focus from Caribbean beach weddings to luxury events with a different twist. Great Britain and Europe are hot, up-and-coming markets for couples from all over the world. Meghan and Harry’s fairytale romance, fresh and genuine nature, and international fame will likely entice couples to consider holding their own luxury destination weddings in England.

Destination Wedding Venues in London and Greater England

If you dream of a wedding royal-style, there are so many venue options available in London and throughout England. Historic castles, English country estates with manicured gardens and a variety of contemporary sites offer everything you could possibly want.

Invite your guests to explore one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world between wedding events. They can shop at Harrod’s, catch a Broadway show, watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, or walk the somber halls of the Tower of England. History buffs, party animals and Anglophiles will have more to do than time, and you will enjoy complete relaxation while our expert destination wedding planners create a custom luxury event just for you.

Wedding Venues in Europe

If England appeals, you might also consider hosting a destination wedding in France, Portugal or Italy. Where do you envision your perfect ceremony – a private Italianate villa, a chateau in the Loire Valley, or in a seaside resort on the Mediterranean?

Not sure where to start planning a destination wedding? Our award-winning wedding designers are standing by to offer a hand. Contact us today!