Prince Harry’s wedding to actress Meghan Markle has been the talk of the town since they announced their engagement late last year, and if you are a royal fan you will probably want to steal some ideas from their lavish nuptials.
So when it comes to their wedding venue, what could you use to inspire your Big Day?
Well, last week Kensington Palace revealed details of the May 19th wedding, including the reception location.
Following a service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, guests will attend a lunchtime gathering at St George’s Hall – a reception that is being hosted by the Queen.
An intimate event is taking place later in the evening at Frogmore House, where 200 guests will enjoy a more relaxed affair.
Assuming you don’t have royal blood and can’t make use of Windsor Castle’s grounds, how can you recreate the day for your wedding?
First of all, you could look for a historic building such as a castle to rent in the UK. Frogmore House is a Grade-I listed manor on the Frogmore Estate, originally acquired by George III.
The 18th century building is not often open to the public, although you can visit it between June 5th and 7th this year, shortly after the royal wedding.
Surrounding the beautiful white abode are picturesque gardens and landscaped grounds, so make sure your wedding venue has manicured lawns, a quaint lake and seasonal flowers.
There is also an Indian Kiosk, though you will be hard pressed to find a venue with a similar structure. However, you could look for another focal piece when searching wedding venues that would make eye-catching features in wedding photos. A stone fountain or grand gate are ideal for your album.
If you aren’t familiar with Frogmore House and, unfortunately, didn’t get an invite to the wedding of the year, you can still see what the grounds look like, as the happy couple used the stately home for their engagement photos.
Prince Harry and Meghan issued their 2,000-plus invitations earlier their week, much to the anticipation of people all over the world. It is thought that some famous faces received something special in the post, including Elton John and David Beckham.
Of course, as a Hollywood actress, Markle also has her own list of celebrity pals, including co-stars from Suits. She has also asked her 73-year-old father Thomas Markle Snr to attend her nuptials, despite having divorced her mother when she was six, the Sun reported.
If you are planning a wedding to rival the size of the famous pair, you will need to find yourself a large enough venue to accommodate your huge guest list.
Castles are a good option – particularly if you are trying to emulate the regal nature of Prince Harry and his fiancee’s Big Day – as you can hire these out in their entirety and have sole use of these grand buildings.
Alternatively, other palatial venues include magnificent Italian villas, English country mansions and converted abbeys.