There’s no doubt about it, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, nailed her wedding ensemble. She looked absolutely stunning from head to toe and gave the world some serious bridal envy on the morning of May 19. But, good news! If you’re dying to steal Meghan Markle’s wedding look, it isn’t too tough to replicate. We’ve hashed out everything so you can look like a total royal on your big day, too.
Here’s how to get Meghan Markle’s wedding look.
The ceremony dress
For the ceremony, Meghan Markle wore a timeless, pure white Givenchy wedding dress designed by Clare Waight Keller, the brand’s current artistic director. It featured an a-line silhouette, three-quarter length sleeves, a bateau neckline and was made of double-bonded silk cady with a triple silk organza underskirt. While you probably won’t be able to afford to hire the head of a luxury fashion brand to design your gown, you can steal the Duchess of Sussex’s style with these budget-friendly looks by Pronovias, Valerio Luna, Justin Alexander, Rosa Clara and La Sposa (or get something custom made).
A key element of Meghan Markle’s wedding look was her bridal veil - an elegant creation that extended far beyond the train of her wedding dress (it was a whopping 5 metres long). The accessory was embroidered with floral detailing which represented the 53 countries of the commonwealth as well as Wintersweet and California poppies, which are the bride’s favourite flowers. We suggest stealing the idea of personalizing your veil by getting it embroidered with your favourite blooms, a sweet message from your S.O. or something that brought the two of you together.
The veil wasn’t the bride’s only accessory! She also sported Queen Mary’s stunning jewel-encrusted bandeau tiara, which is covered in diamonds and platinum and features a detachable diamond brooch in its centre. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to borrow any crown jewels from the Queen’s collection, but you can order something more affordable made of sterling silver and cubic zirconia (or other semi-precious gems).
Meghan Markle’s wedding look featured jewellery that was simple and stunning. She wore round diamond stud earrings and a diamond bracelet by Cartier, which added some extra sparkle to her look. Follow her lead and choose minimalist pieces that don’t steal the focus away from your bridal glow (that should be the most dazzling part of your look).
Unlike her new sister-in-law, Meghan Markle opted for an effortless updo for her wedding day. Her brown locks were parted in the centre, tucked behind her ears and tied into a loose chignon. The Duchess’ hair stylist, Serge Normant, claims it only took 45 minutes, so it’s definitely worth asking your hairstylist to recreate it. All they’ll need is a blow dryer, a round brush, an iron, a bit of mousse and a couple of bobby pins.
Meghan Markle didn’t go full-blown Kardashian glam on her wedding day, but she also didn’t go au naturel. She wore sheer foundation that let her freckles show through, a slightly smoky eye look and a light pink lip. She also rocked neutral tan-toned nails, a favourite in the bridal world. This look is easy to mimic for most makeup artists and there’s a good chance you could pull it off yourself after watching a few YouTube videos.
The reception dress
If you weren’t head-over-heels with Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, you may want to steal the style of her reception dress. She wore a pure white Stella McCartney gown with a halter neck, open back and flowier silhouette to her reception, which may suit boho brides a little better. Brands like Lillian West, Rosa Clara and Colet have similar designs in their collections, so you can get her look for less.