The date is set; the padparadscha sapphire engagement ring is on her finger; and all the details are seemingly falling into place for the royal wedding between Princess Eugenie of York and her fiancé, commoner Jack Brooksbank. On October 12, 2018, Eugenie, Prince Harry's cousin and ninth in line to the throne, will walk down the same aisle that Harry and Meghan Markle did earlier this year at St. George's Chapel in Windsor. But this royal wedding will have some distinct differences from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's nuptials.
For starters, Princess Eugenie has already stated that her wedding day will be completely plastic-free. The environmentally conscious royal told British Vogue, "My whole house is anti-plastic now—and Jack and I want our wedding to be like that as well." And unlike Meghan Markle, who followed British royal wedding tradition by only including small children in her bridal party, it is rumored that Eugenie's sister, Princess Beatrice, will stand beside the bride as maid of honor. Way to pull a Pippa Middleton, Bea!
Similarly, we expect that Princess Eugenie's wedding dress will be wholly different than that of Meghan Markle's Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy gown. They are two individual brides, after all, with dramatically different styles to boot. But in that case, what exactly will Eugenie's wedding dress end up looking like? Well, we have some ideas...
We’ve recruited your favorite wedding dress designers and asked them to choose one gorgeous gown from their collections that they think is perfect for Princess Eugenie. Here’s what Hayley Paige, Amsale, Rita Vinieris, Lela Rose, and others think she should walk down the aisle in on the big day. According to Lela Rose, this royal bride should opt for an opulent A-line silhouette and off-the-shoulder cut. Meanwhile, Rosa Clará envisions conservative long sleeves for Eugenie. And Hayley Paige sees her in a style featuring stunning floral embroidery.
Do you think the royal bride-to-be will end up wearing something similar to these wedding dresses come October 12? We can't wait to see!
Rivini by Rita Vinieris
"Elegant and graceful as Princess Eugenie is, the type of dress that is ideal for her is one that would be the epitome of class and refinement yet exudes strength of character—a dress that is the perfect combination of femininity and grace and is befitting and reminiscent of legendary royals, but with a modern flare that is relatable to women of today. A timeless classic that can be passed down from generation to generation."—Rita Vinieris
"How exciting a year it’s been to have two royal weddings in 2018! Even though she is a royal, Princess Eugenie is still a young 28-year-old woman who has great style...and the only royal to have her own Instagram account! As far as predictions go in terms of her bridal look, I could imagine her wearing my Lindsey gown. The subtle yet ornate beading, paired with the delicate floral lace pattern, would effortlessly complement the architecture of St George’s Chapel.
My Kristabelle (above) and Laurel wedding dresses also serve as royal worthy options, offering more coverage with sheer long sleeves that are so popular with today’s brides. Considering Princess Eugenie’s always on-trend fashion taste, elaborate beading and delicate feather accents match her youthful, feminine personality with soft, flowing fabrics contrasting the gothic textures of venue."—Madeline Gardner
"I predict Princess Eugenie will choose something that is romantically embellished and representative of her environmentally conscious sensibility. The Pascal gown has an English-garden-meets-Grecian-goddess vibe, and the bodice placement offers strategic coverage along the décolletage, shoulders, and arms, making it appropriate for royal fashion etiquette. I also love the harmonies of metallic, mint, and blush stones that complement Eugenie's pink padparadscha sapphire engagement ring oh so perfectly."—Hayley Paige
"This beautiful style is from our 2019 spring/summer collection. Its allure is in the handmade appliqué, embroidery, and combination of fabrics. A fitted bodice and full skirt create the perfect bridal silhouette for the confident, feminine, and bold bride willing to make a statement, yet still stay true to the vintage look."
Ines Di Santo
"Princess Eugenie’s style is polished with a modern feminine and elegant tone. I’ve designed a timeless and sophisticated ball gown made of delicate French Alençon lace in off-white pearl to play beautifully with the bride's complexion. The lovely definition in the waist together with the jewel neckline will give her a regal flair. A classic silhouette made of the finest lace stands the test of time, respects the lovely venue, and allows the bride to shine."—Ines Di Santo
"The Thea would be a remarkable look on Princess Eugenie. It's so elegant, fashion-forward, and conservative, just like the princess herself. A fully embroidered majestic half mermaid, half ballgown long sleeved dress, handcrafted with vaporous organza petals and floral motif embroidery, this is a wedding gown made for royalty."—Galia Lahav and Sharon Sever
"For Princess Eugenie, I’d choose the Meredith gown and the coordinating top that goes with it, the Bainbridge illusion pearl topper. It encapsulates all the qualities found in a modern royal: sophisticated, timeless, fresh, and tasteful. The gown would highlight her natural beauty and let her shine on her wedding day. The clean, structured Meredith gown would be a perfect fit for the modern royal, as the fit and flare style would emphasize her figure and give her a modern look on her wedding day."—Allison Webb
"Princess Eugenie is clearly not afraid of a bold print, which is why I think the floral embroidery of our Anastasia gown would be perfect for her. The classic ball gown style is traditional and regal, yet the unique floral elements are distinctive and unique. The gown marries well with the princess's style. I love that this young, modern royal combines tradition with touches of edge."—Remy Quinones, CEO and creative director, Isabelle Armstrong
"Princess Eugenie is known for wearing feminine floral and lace embellishments. This long sleeve, lace fit-and-flare dress would perfectly capture her aesthetic. Mimicking the florals of an English garden, the lace of this dress is totally royal wedding-worthy and checks all of the boxes required by the Queen. Like the look? Find Stella York's style 6746 at a retailer near you."
"Although Princess Eugenie is a young, modern royal, she still appreciates tradition. I see her in something classic but chic and contemporary. I envision her in a dress that accentuates her curves with a modern twist like our Scotty dress in flocked spotted tulle. It features a wide-open neck with draped twist detail, a dual silhouette with slinky matte crepe lining, and a sheer tulle skirt. I think this would define her as a young modern princess."—Kate Halfpenny
"Princess Eugenie will make a gorgeous bride in Justin Alexander Style 88055. Given her traditional family history and modern lifestyle, she would stun in this beautiful off-the-shoulder long sleeve A-line wedding dress. This gown features an allover Alençon lace and a chapel length train with hem lace. Perfect for today's princess."
"We have selected our 'Hayley' gown from the spring 2019 collection for Princess Eugenie of York. Eugenie tends to go for a classically tailored, retro look reminiscent of 1950s and '60s. This impeccably tailored A-line gown of embellished guipure lace features a demure bateau neckline that resonates understated and refined elegance at its best."—Paulette Cleghorn, designer/creative director at Yumi Katsura Couture
"Princess Eugenie seems partial to classic silhouettes with an edge, fashion forward, but in keeping with tradition. I think she would look breathtaking in our Rossellini gown with bateau neckline, fitted sleeves, and a sleek figure-flattering silhouette. With it, I picture a long veil with a lace appliquéd edge, light and airy to complement the gown."—Shawne Jacobs, president of Anne Barge
"We chose the Hibisci gown for Princess Eugenie. She has a whimsical side and isn't afraid to take risks with her style. She also loves a good print! This regal gown features an intricate dropped waist bodice and a dramatic embroidered skirt. Paired with a matching veil, the effect is both elegant and modern—just like the bride."
Grace Loves Lace
"Princess Eugenie has a beautiful feminine figure and a playful sense of style. She's a fun young royal, and her reception dress should reflect that. I can imagine her letting her hair down and twirling on the dance floor in our Coco dress."
"While Princess Eugenie is known to push the envelope when it comes to royal fashion etiquette, we predict she will glide down the aisle in a unique gown that will combine her fashion-forward style with a nod to tradition. Our 7814 gown features an illusion cap-sleeve and collared neckline, two looks which the princess has become known for, all while respecting royal requirements of shoulder and neckline coverage. The intricate floral appliqués throughout will please this art director princess, who's known for her love of floral patterns and texture; and the gown will give the illusion of lace fabrication, which will please the royal family."
Amaré Couture by Casablanca Bridal
"A bold, regal pattern catches the eye, while duchess satin and silver-embroidered lace cover the silhouette from head to toe! This long-sleeve ball gown is a gorgeous option for Princess Eugenie, combining irresistible elements of modern design with a dramatically traditional feel."
"We’d love to see Princess Eugenie in a classic style with playful details. A gown like Annabella from our Maggie Sottero line flatters her petite frame and offers coverage for a church venue, but still has a fresh and romantic feel for modern royalty. Princess Eugenie often dons structured gowns with bold pops of color, and we think Annabella would be a lovely complement to this chic aesthetic while still feeling ‘bridal’ for her big day."
"As a lover of the arts as she is, I feel Princess Eugenie should go with a dress that is both artistically modern yet still regal and elegant in its aesthetic. This one-of-a-kind Maison Alexandrine wedding dress has gold embroidered details along the waistband and the long, above-the-waist train. The embroidery is reminiscent of the royal family's historic jewel-encrusted regalia. The dress is then accentuated with a pleated tulle bodice that pays homage to the high collared Elizabethan era, but with a very modern and artistic flare."—Alexandra Fructuoso
"Princess Eugenie is known for making bold statements with her style, so wearing the show-stopping Londyn gown would be an expected look for the newly engaged princess. The fully crystalized plunging bodice and grand textured skirt will have all eyes on the bride while pairing perfectly with the dramatic venue of St. George's Chapel."—Winnie Chlomin Lee
"Princess Eugenie is known for her classic silhouettes and unique accessories; and we expect nothing less on her big day! With environmental concerns at the forefront of her wedding plans, we envision Princess Eugenie in a convertible look. We’d pair our Beyond the Sea gown with our Marissa skirt and the Love Is Gold fitted belt. Together, you get a stunning vintage-inspired embellished bodice paired with a full A-line taffeta skirt, complete with a dramatic train. The Love Is Gold fitted belt adds an extra touch of texture and sparkle, pulling the look together for her ceremony. For her reception, Princess Eugenie can simply remove the skirt and belt for a fully embellished slinky style, perfect for the opulent affair."—Carolyn Barrett, BHLDN stylist
Hermione De Paula
"I would love to see Princess Eugenie in our romantic Confetti Wildflower gown with soft, ethereal layers of tulle. The unexpected, contemporary use of soft color in the embroidery celebrates a return to English craftsmanship in a way that is beautifully opposite to and harmoniously uncompetitive to Meghan’s minimalist wedding gown. Over 500 hours of delicate embroidery and silk thread handwork came together, making this the perfect fit for a royal princess. The intricately embroidered British Wildflower hedgerows pays homage to tradition while still maintaining a youthful and modern look."—Hermione De Paula
"Princess Eugenie has a feminine and adventurous fashion sense which I love! She dares to be different and uniquely her own. I'd love to see her in a sophisticated fit-to-flare gown with bold shoulders or a whimsical ball gown with beaded lace sleeves. She also seems to have a love for pink based on that gorgeous pink diamond, so one of our barely-there blush gowns would be a fitting choice also."—Kelly Faetanini
"The Celine gown is perfect for the hopeless romantic in Princess Eugenie with its off-the-shoulder, sweetheart neckline, and ball-gown skirt. This Demetrios design captures what it means to be a royal."