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Hey Meghan Markle! Here’s how we would plan your Royal Wedding

Dear Meghan,

I realize you have a Royal army of protocol directors, historical curators, celebrity wedding planners and, oh, a finger-waving Monarch “advising” you what a Royal Wedding is and is not, but we have some notes to consider, too. Want to impress the Queen? Here’s how we’d do it.

A Royal Wedding Gown

You’ve chosen your gown, but if you’re having second thoughts or need a second one, how about this foxy number? Assuming bare shoulders are a Royal faux pas, this Sareh Nouri (available in SLC via Bitsy Bridal) breathes the perfect balance of sexy and sophistication with peak-a-boo-lace long sleeves. Plus, a pleated ballgown in an ivory hue makes this frock as iconic as Grace Kelly and Kate Middleton.

Photo by Jacque Lynn. Gown by Bitsy Bridal. Click for full feature.

A Royal Wedding Bouquet

Sure, a white bouquet is all the rage for a Royal Wedding, but dearest Meghan, you’re Hollywood icon. I think you can ditch the stephanotis and Lily of the Valley this time around. May we suggest a pretty pastel bouquet made with springtime favorites? Our favorites include foxgloves, astilbe, ranunculus, peonies, Distant Drum shrub roses, cottage yarrow, blueberries, Sally Holmes heirloom roses, heucherella and spirea foliage.

Photo by Heather Nan. Flowers by Tinge Floral. Click for full feature.

A Royal Wedding Updo

Again, Meghan, you need to go for iconic with a twist. Literally, a twist. The classic chignon never gets old, but this one—with added loops and fresh blooms—flaunts a little more personality.

Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa. Hair by City Style Bar. Click for full feature.

 A Royal Wedding Signature Cocktail

A wedding isn’t a wedding without a Champagne toast. The Royal Wedding is sure to have sparkling wine pouring through the high-brow crowd. But a 2018 wedding isn’t a wedding without one—or even two or three—signature cocktails. Since springtime is all about new life and sunshine, we’re toasting the season with a refreshing lavender and cucumber vodka spritzer. Why not give it a try?

Photo by Linsdey Shaun. Cocktail by Cuisine Unlimited. Click for full feature.

A Royal Wedding Groom’s Cake

The groom’s cake certainly plays in the shadows of the main attraction (we hear you’ve chosen a lemon elderflower pastry), but that doesn’t mean it goes unnoticed. The groom’s second-fiddle status welcomes carte-blanche creativity. Infuse Prince Harry’s dessert with British flare like executive chef Steve Ulibarri of Cuisine Unlimited did here. He transforms a Pimm’s cocktail into a liqueur-spiked vanilla cake layered with cucumber, strawberry and mint buttercream, frosted with orange buttercream and garnished with fresh cucumber, strawberry, orange and mint.

Photo by Adam Finkle. Cake by Cuisine Unlimited. Click for full feature.

Opener image via Forbes

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Val Rasmussen is Editor at Utah Bride & Groom magazine, Assistant Editor at Utah Style & Design magazine, and Contributor to Salt Lake magazine. She can be reached at val@utahbrideandgroom.com or via Instagram @ValerieFRas.

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