Guide to Creating Your Royal Themed Wedding (2022)

Welcome to our guide to royal themed weddings!

With all the buzz around British royalty nuptials in recent years, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding happening in just a few short weeks, you may be wondering how to add a little majesty into your own wedding day.

To help make sure your wedding is fit for a king and queen, we’ve rounded up several elegant wedding trends to help you royally impress your guests!


What is a Royal Wedding Style?

No expense is spared for a royal wedding. Ultra long bridal veil trains the length of an entire cathedral come to mind, as do copious amounts of floral arrangements and pomp and ceremony.

Lavish yet elegant wedding decor is the hallmark of a royal wedding.


The theme is best represented by rich gold accents, delicate scrollwork, and dashes of rich shades like royal blue or amethyst.

Dripping arrangements of pure white and blush flowers are best off-set by the powerful gold accenture. It’s easy to dip into cliche in the decor with rhinestones, glitter and eye-catching accents, but a good royal theme will be as understated as it is beautiful.


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Decor

Lavish yet elegant wedding decor is the hallmark of a royal wedding. This theme is best represented by rich gold accents, delicate scrollwork and dashes of rich shades like royal blue or amethyst. Dripping arrangements of pure white and blush flowers are best off-set by the powerful gold accenture. It’s easy to dip into cliche in the decor with rhinestones, glitter and eye-catching accents, but a good royal theme will be as understated as it is beautiful. Choose an appropriate venue and use the setting to your full advantage. Keep in mind, finding a grand staircase is a must!





Royal Wedding Stationery Inspiration

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Tasteful and elegant wedding stationery is important to carry your royal theme from the beginning of the day to the end.

Don’t be too tempted to include all sorts of fancy embellishments, ribbons, rhinestones and extras on your royal themed wedding invites. Recall the invitations of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (and those of Prince William and Kate Middleton). Both were tasteful, heavy white linen, that used embossing printing technique with a tasteful crest and simple black typeface.

An elegant and chic understated invitation will serve well, with gold detailing and soaring font. Royalty is about classiness after all!

Wedding stationery should follow the same vein as wedding invitations to keep the theme cohesive. If you’ve chosen gold accents, cream linen paper and black script, then make sure that programs, place cards, table cards, and menu cards also follow suit!


Bride

Many brides dream about walking down the aisle in a princess-like gown! There’s no place more appropriate than a royal-themed wedding. Take a few tips from Kate Middleton, Pippa Middleton, and Meghan Markle when selecting the perfect royal dress.

In general, members of the royal family and representatives are held to a pretty high standard on their wedding day. One thing you may notice is that royal brides wear sleeves on their wedding gowns. Kate Middleton had a gorgeous gown with sheer lacy sleeves reaching to her wrists, while her sister Pippa later wore a wedding dress with elegant cap sleeves to cover her shoulders.

For a truly elegant and royal look, we recommend skipping the strapless ball gowns and finding a sleek wedding gown with sleeves, or an elegant bolero to pair with your dress.

A princess wedding dress is also a wonderful time for a full skirt with a dramatic train. While this type of dress may be a bit much for other simpler weddings, a royal themed wedding is made for bigger and better. You will be a vision moving down the aisle, and later whirling around the dance floor in a cloud of tulle.


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Royal Bridal Accessories

Brides of royalty nearly always don a diamond encrustedtiara on loan from the crown jewel vault, and accessorise with a dramatic cathedral length veil to complete the look.

However, when it comes to us common folk desiring the same look, be careful of normal “tiaras” that can sometimes cheapen the overall look. Try to find a tiara that will lay closer to your head and offers a beautiful touch of(Swarovski) crystals. In other words, a tiara that doesn’t completely screampageant queen. Remember we are trying to achieve classy not trashy.

A dramatic longbridal veil plays a big role in royal weddings. Remember Princess Diana’s veil? It was as long as the twenty-five-foot train on her gown. Now that is a lot of tulle! Achieve a similar dramatic look by choosing a chapel or cathedral length veil for yourself.


Groom

When it comes to Royal wedding dress codes for men, as you will note on the invite it specifies,“Uniform, Morning Coat, or Lounge Suit.” In short, this means if you have an appropriate uniform, wear it.

Otherwise the groom and groomsmen should be dressed in full Morning Dress Code, which in North American terms means as formally as possibly, in black tuxes with a contrasting waistcoat if possible.


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Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids should match the same formality as the guys. Long formal gowns will do. Your bridesmaids’ attire should also match in a complementary color. If you prefer a deep contrast, dress them in amethyst tones or deep royal blue. If you prefer a paler, classy look, consider shades of grey, rose or blush.


Royal Wedding Floral Inspiration

Looking atpast Royal wedding bouquet trends throughout Europe, all the royal brides seem to follow the same pattern of carrying a white bouquet down the aisle. Unless you are Princess Sofia of Sweden, who carried a beautiful bouquet ofcoral and cream garden roses.

Some of these royal bouquet’s have major history attached to them, and if you would like to add some princess worthy florals to your arrangements, ask your florist about the following flowers:


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  • Austin roses
  • Alabaster
  • Lily of the valley
  • White orchids
  • Calla lilies
  • Hydrangeas
  • Senecio foliage
  • Sweet William
  • Hyacinth
  • Posy of jasmine
  • Clematis
  • Gardenias
  • Stephanotis
  • White primroses
  • Azaleas
  • Spirea
  • Freesia
  • Veronica
  • Ivy
  • Trasdescantia
  • Sprigs of myrtle

When selecting centerpieces for your guest tables, we recommend you choose as much height as possible in each centerpiece. Towering glass vases capped with round arrangements and large sprays will give your guests the feel of elegance and grandeur that a royal wedding requires.

Floral arrangements, accents and bouquets should not have a deconstructed or whimsically put-together look here. Instead, ask your florist to make sure florals appear tightly assembled and shapely for the most elegant look possible.


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Royal Tablescape Inspiration

Crisp white or rich royal blue table linens will offset flatware and place settings nicely. When possible, china flatware should be used, showcased on patterned or gold chargers. We’re loving the use of mathing gold cutlery sets in a lot of real wedding features!

Most wedding supply companies have caught wise to the trend of golden utensils, and renting sets for your big day shouldn’t be too much of a headache.



If you’re indulging in a royalty theme for your wedding, make sure your venue or coordinator sets each place setting in the most formal style possible. By that we mean salad fork, dinner fork, soup spoon, and all the other cutlery options to make Ms. Manners proud.

To really bring home the majestic feel, offer a plated multi-course meal to your guests and set the tables up like its a state banquet!

The head-table is one focal point of the reception that you should absolutely emphasize. Whether just you and your spouse seated at a sweetheart table, or the entire bridal party seated together, this location should be emphasized with a fair amount of drama.

Place the table on a riser for added height, and consider special seating for you two. Most rental companies will have or be able to source unique chairs or “thrones” that are different from everyone elses seating. An easy trick? Drape the head table in linens that are textured, spangled or a different color than the other linens in the room.

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Royal Inspired Wedding Cake

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The cake is one of the main centerpieces of the reception, and an excellent way to convey a royal wedding theme and style. Bakeries the world over have recreated the dramatic towers of cake rounds and piping detail of the royal families’ various wedding cakes.

If you aren’t looking to spend quite that much money or have quite so much cake, here’s some tips we’d recommend incorporating into your own royal cake design:

  • Have the cake cased in fondant. Fondant will create a smooth, elegant surface that is much better to showcase scrollwork, painting, glitter or pearls.
  • A baker can add pearl luster to fondant to give the cake a smooth and elegant sheen.
  • Scrollwork, marbling and sugar flower accents are wonderful additions to a wedding cake to give it a majestic feel and flavor.
  • If you want a grand cake but don’t have the budget for it, look at purchasing a faux wedding cakefor the illusion of a grandeur.

There are several possible venues for a royal wedding theme, and they don’t all have to break the bank. While we wouldn’t recommend trying to stage a royal themed wedding in a barn, there are plenty of hotel and event center ballrooms that will do the trick. Make sure the space has fairly subtle wallpaper and carpeting so as not to clash with your design.

The best space for your ceremony and reception will be mostly blank or tastefully furnished with dark wood or gold accents that can easily be included into your palette. High ceilings and chandeliers will showcase your decor beautifully. Romantic, dim lighting as an option is something you should ask about as well!

If you really want to wow your guests, look into manor, mansion or castle rentals for your event. This is a growing trend all over the world, and will really deliver the theme you’ve chosen with a fun and immersive experience for your guests! Turns out that you don’t have to travel all the way to Europe to find a castle. Below are a few North American suggestions.


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Biltmore Estate located inAsheville, NC
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Rhodes Memorial Hall located inAtlanta, GA
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Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate located inHuntington, NY

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Casa Loma located inToronto, Canada


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FAQs

How do you make a royal wedding? ›

Check out our tips for making your wedding feel royal.
  1. Select a Stunning Venue. Most royal weddings and celebrity weddings take place in gorgeous venues. ...
  2. Borrow the Family Jewels. ...
  3. Choose Royal Colors. ...
  4. Invest in Gorgeous Flowers. ...
  5. Include Unique Invitation Details. ...
  6. Select a Royal Wedding Dress.
Mar 26, 2020

How do you come up with a wedding theme? ›

Before you can move on to figuring out how to choose a wedding theme, you'll first need to consider the following.
  1. A Venue. ...
  2. The Color theme. ...
  3. Your shared interests. ...
  4. The Season of your Wedding. ...
  5. Your Budget. ...
  6. Take advantage of the Internet. ...
  7. Read Wedding Magazines. ...
  8. Look back at Old Photos of you and your Partner.
Nov 4, 2019

How do I look royal on my wedding day? ›

5 Ways To Look Like Royalty On Your Wedding Day With Galia Lahav
  1. Wear A Long Train. The detachable skirt trend is here to stay! ...
  2. Don A Dramatic Veil. The veil is the most “bridal” detail to complete any look. ...
  3. Schedule The Royal Treatment: Massages and Facials. ...
  4. Accessorize With Tiaras! ...
  5. Don't Forget The Finer Details.
Jan 15, 2019

How do you make your wedding special and unique? ›

10 Ways To Make Your Wedding Unique And Unforgettable
  1. Unique Ceremony Seating. Give your guests a WOW factor as soon as they enter the venue. ...
  2. A Unique Bridal Entrance. ...
  3. Non-Traditional Processional Music. ...
  4. An Enthusiastic Celebrant. ...
  5. A Unity Ceremony. ...
  6. Guest Transportation. ...
  7. Reception Entrance. ...
  8. Meal Choices.

What Royal wedding means? ›

A royal wedding is a marriage ceremony involving members of a royal family. Weddings involving senior members of the royal family are often seen as important occasions of state and attract significant national and international attention.

What makes a wedding classy? ›

Delicate white florals, plenty of lush greenery, light linens, and minimal decor: These tried and true wedding details will never go out of style. And if you're a couple that prefers timelessness over trends, we suggest planning your ceremony and reception in a classic wedding style.

What is an elegant wedding theme? ›

Elegant wedding themes are often used interchangeably or confused with other terms, such as classic, timeless, glamorous, or fairytale-themed wedding—but in reality, they can all resemble something different.

What are the royal colors? ›

White for Purity, Gold for Wealth; Purple, Violet, and Blue for Royalty and Piety. This gallery shows pictures from the 16th-19th centuries of high ranking or royal people featured in these colors.

Do royal weddings have receptions? ›

Kensington Palace released the menu on its website the day of the wedding, stating that Queen Elizabeth II will be giving a reception at Windsor Castle for 600 guests after the ceremony. The menu started with seven different canapés, which are small, decorative hors-d'oeuvres.

How can I feel more like a bride? ›

So, I've come up with a list: 5 Ways For Wedding Professionals To Feel Like A Bride
  1. 1 — Girl, look at that ring! ...
  2. 2 — Talk About Being Engaged With Your Clients. ...
  3. 3 — Add Yourself To Your Workflow Program. ...
  4. 4 — Call Your Mom, Sister or BFF. ...
  5. 5 — Go Dress Shopping.
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What are the 4 things a bride needs for her wedding? ›

The tradition is based on an Old English rhyme that dates back to 19th-century Lancashire. It describes the items a bride should have on her wedding day: "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe."

How do I know my wedding style? ›

  1. Gather and Save Inspiration. To get a better idea of what you want (and definitely don't want), spend some time checking out bridal magazines, books, blogs and real wedding photos. ...
  2. Figure Out the Formality. How fancy or casual do you want to go? ...
  3. Narrow in on Your Style. ...
  4. Pick Your Colors. ...
  5. Don't Forget the Vibe.
May 20, 2020

How do you do a simple elegant wedding? ›

9 Ways To Keep Your Wedding Simple
  1. Make your guest list the A-list. ...
  2. Hire a wedding planner/day-of coordinator. ...
  3. Pick a venue or setting that looks great au naturel. ...
  4. Get married and have your reception in the same place! ...
  5. Embrace "All Inclusive". ...
  6. Give your wedding party fashion freedom. ...
  7. Shorten the timeline!

Does my wedding need a theme? ›

Wedding themes aren't essential, but once you've chosen a theme, everything else will come together pretty easily. Your theme will narrow down your choice of venue, the wedding cake, the style of your bridesmaid's dresses and which band you hire for your reception. A theme will also help you choose the wedding dress.

How long is a royal wedding ceremony? ›

The wedding events open to the public won't be more than six or seven hours long. For groggy viewers who love the Royal Family but just want to tune in to the 2018 Royal Wedding highlights, there's good news: The most interesting segment is just the two or three hours in the middle.

How much did Meghan Markle wedding cost? ›

The royal wedding: £33.5 million ($40.7 million)

Baker estimates the total cost of the affair to be £33.5 million (about $40,7 million), including £30 million for security at the event, £90,000 for new silver trumpets, and £390,000 for Meghan's wedding gown.

How much did the royal wedding cost? ›

Prince William and Kate Middleton, UK

The entire wedding cost the Crown around USD 34 million, of which USD 32 million was allocated to security. Kate wore a beautiful Alexander McQueen handmade lace gown, which had a 2.7-metre-long train.

Who pays for a royal wedding? ›

Figures vary, but estimates have indicated that Harry and Meghan's wedding cost £32million overall. Aside from security costs, much of the wedding itself was paid for by the Royal Family.

How much did the royal wedding cost? ›

Prince William and Kate Middleton, UK

The entire wedding cost the Crown around USD 34 million, of which USD 32 million was allocated to security. Kate wore a beautiful Alexander McQueen handmade lace gown, which had a 2.7-metre-long train.

How long is a royal wedding ceremony? ›

The wedding events open to the public won't be more than six or seven hours long. For groggy viewers who love the Royal Family but just want to tune in to the 2018 Royal Wedding highlights, there's good news: The most interesting segment is just the two or three hours in the middle.

Where do royals get married? ›

Wedding day

The Queen's procession left Buckingham Palace for the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, where the wedding was to take place.

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