How to recreate the Royal Wedding on a budget

Let’s face it, the Royal Wedding has been a topic of conversation since Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle announced their engagement back in November 2017. Although the big day may have passed, there is no reason that we can’t recreate their big day as our own is there? We think not, and now it’s time to plan our own Royal Wedding on a budget. Time to break out the bunting!

The dress

Okay, so we might not all have £387,000 to spend on a wedding dress. So what are we to do if we want to feel just like Meghan walking down the aisle? There are so many ways to find a wedding dress for less, such as shopping around outlet centres, buying second-hand or heading to a budget store such as Wed2B. If you’re really lucky, perhaps you or someone you know if a dab hand with a sewing machine? That veil could soon be yours and all at a fraction of the price. Designers are soon to be filling the shelves with Meghan-style dresses, so it won’t be long before you can recreate her couture look. If you’re getting married next year or later then you’re in luck, as that design will be last season’s trend and therefore you’ll be able to bag a bargain. We found this lookalike boat-neck wedding dress for a bargain price of £64.99 in the sale at Debenhams!

The evening gown

If you want to go all Meghan Markle as you recreate the Royal Wedding on a budget and just can’t help but pick up a second gown then have no fear, there could be an answer. High street stores now have a vast selection of evening gowns that all come with a much lower price tag than their designer competitors. Plus, we’re sure it won’t be long until the shelves are stocked with white halter neck gowns. Then it’s just time to get browsing as you find the perfect evening outfit while still sticking to a budget. ASOS, Debenhams and Next are all places to keep an eye on over the coming months. We also love this bridal-style halterneck dress from Nordstrom for under £75!

The suit

Yes, grooms need to get their slice of the Royal Wedding too, and they don’t have to worry about spending a fortune to get the ultimate Prince Harry look. The prince opted to wear his military suit for the ceremony, but many of us might not have that option. However, the evening saw Harry wear a simple black suit and tie. These can be found pretty much anywhere, including plenty of high street chains. We don’t need to go designer to get the outfit we are searching for. Again, ASOS, Debenhams and Next are great places to shop – but don’t forget hunting for charity shop bargains too. Suits get a lot less dirty than wedding dresses, so you could pick up a designer bargain for a lot less than you’d think.

The cake

Lemon and elderflower wedding cake – mmm. When life gives you lemons, get backing, right? This is a simple flavour that can really bring your wedding table to life, but you don’t have to worry about forking out thousands of pounds for the privilege. There are many simple recipes online that mean you can whip up your centrepiece at home. If you don’t fancy the same flavours but still want to save money then going for a cake with fewer tiers, making your own naked cake, or opting for cupcakes can all save the pennies in the long run.


The flowers

Flowers are a tough decision when it comes to planning a wedding on a budget. How much is too much? Do you get any floral arrangements at all? There are so many decisions! If you want to recreate the Royal Wedding bouquet without breaking the bank, then what is there to do? Meghan chose a selection of white foxgloves, peonies, and garden roses for her simple yet elegant bouquet. Many of these flowers can be found in supermarkets (which you can then put together yourself) or can be replaced with similar looking fauna to put your own spin on the royal bouquet.

The music

Meghan Markle apparently opted for the ‘80s classic I Want to Dance with Somebody for her big bash, and there were several famous faces there willing to give their own musical input to the reception. While we may not all know the stars of the music world, that doesn’t mean we can’t have the tunes of a princess. When planning the music for your wedding, work out what you can realistically afford. Do you really need a string quartet for the ceremony, a band in the evening AND a DJ? Pick one and go with that to save some pennies!

The hair and makeup

Getting the perfect wedding hair can be a significant thing for many brides to be. One of the best parts of such a huge wedding is the fact we can easily recreate the look at home without the need for a professional stylist. The internet is awash with tutorials on how to recreate Meghan Markle’s wedding hair and makeup, meaning you can do it at home yourself! Just have a few practice runs before the big day.

The tiara

There are only certain times in our lives that we get to feel like true princesses – some more literally than others. Our wedding day is one of these moments, and every princess needs her tiara. No, we might not be able to have our pick of the royal jewels for our wedding. However, several costume pieces look identical to the real thing at a fraction of the price. Many antique stores may also have a selection of headpieces that all come with their own stories. We have picked a few of our favourite purse-friendly tiaras and headpieces below.

The car

The world got to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle jet off in their 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero as they travelled to the reception. However, not all of us have that kind of cash. But what about your family member or friend that has that old sports car sat in the garage? Now could be the perfect time to ask for a lift to the reception. On the other hand, you could save yourself a huge chunk of the budget and avoid the car altogether. After all, chances are no one will see you arrive anyway – just jump in a taxi!

We might not all have £32 million lying around the house, but that doesn’t mean we can’t recreate the Royal Wedding on a budget. With a few nips and tucks here and there, and making some minor changes we could soon feel like the royalty we are on our very own big day. Move over Meghan; we’re raising the wedding bar!


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