Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will probably be one of the biggest events in 2018. While fans can’t wait to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom on their big day, Harry and Markle’s wedding will stand in stark contrast to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s massive ceremony in 2011. Here are all the ways that Harry and Markle’s wedding will be different from their royal counterparts.
The most obvious difference between the ceremonies is the venue. William and Kate tied the knot at Westminster Abbey, a royal tradition that stretches back centuries.
Harry and Markle, on the other hand, will exchange vows inside St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the same place where Harry underwent his baptism.
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Along with the location, Harry and Markle’s wedding will take place on a different day of the week. In the past, royal weddings always took place on a weekday so that the public could celebrate with a bank holiday. Harry and Markle, however, plan on tying the knot on a Saturday, with the ceremony starting around lunch time.
Given the change in venue, William’s wedding will also be much smaller than his brother’s. Because William will inherit the throne someday, his wedding featured a whopping 1,900 guests, with 600 of those attending a lunch at Buckingham Palace after the ceremony.
While Harry and Meghan’s wedding will be gorgeous, St. George’s Chapel can only hold 800 people. Following the exchanging of vows, only 300 of the guests will be invited to the reception, most of whom will be close friends and family.
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When William and Kate tied the knot, their first appearance as newlyweds was on a Buckingham Palace balcony, where the two exchanged a sweet kiss in front of a public crowd. Harry and Markle will not get to share the same experience, as their first public appearance will likely be just outside of St. George’s Chapel, which doesn’t have any balconies.
Harry and Markle will have to be selective about who they invite to the wedding, which means their guest list will be entirely different from William and Kate’s.
A handful of celebrities and world leaders attended William and Kate’s wedding, including Sir Elton John and David Beckham, but given Markle’s ties to Hollywood, the celebrity factor might be ramped up this May.
In fact, there’s a good chance that we’ll see a slew of celebrities attend Markle’s wedding, including Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra, Patrick J. Adams, and even Barack and Michelle Obama.
When it comes to the vow ceremony, Markle and Harry are also bucking a few traditions. Like a true millennial, Markle is not going to include the word “obey” in her vows.
For his part, Harry has decided not to wear a ring during the ceremony, though fans will definitely see Markle rock her wedding ring, which is good considering it is worth around the $1 million mark.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding is scheduled to take place on May 19.