Ever since words like "besotted" began headlining U.K. news reports of Prince Harry's relationship with Meghan Markle, the wait for another royal engagement had us all on tenterhooks, as the British would say. But after a long wait, it's finally here — Harry and Meghan will wed this Saturday, May 19, 2018. The mania surrounding the happily-ever-after of Prince William and Kate Middleton has far from dissipated, and the regally-adjacent union of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews also continues to feed our frenzy. And yet, who among us wasn't fancying another royal wedding as soon as possible? We're especially keen when the love story is as fairy tale–worthy as its royal subjects. (Here's a nifty timeline if you need to relive the highlights.)
Since the younger British prince popped the question to the American actress, it's been a whirlwind of guessing what the next royal wedding will look like. (Read Everything We Know About the Royal Wedding, So Far!) Speaking of wedding prep—if you thought planning your own wedding was complicated, can you imagine being a member of the British royal family? We couldn't either, so we did some investigating. From the centuries-old rules and regulations to the pint-sized "bridesmaids" and post-wedding "breakfast" served at noon, below we dissect the pomp and circumstance of a traditional royal wedding— and we've got insight into how Pippa and now Meghan set theirs apart.