With less than two months to go until their big day, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially sent out the invitations to the royal wedding. (Unsurprisingly, this falls perfectly within the suggestion of etiquette experts that invitations be sent six to eight weeks before the ceremony.) On Thursday, the official Kensington Palace Twitter account shared photos of the invitations, revealed a few more details about the wedding, and gave royal fanatics a peek into the meticulous invitation-making process.
The invitations, which have been distributed in the name of Harry's father, Charles, the prince of Wales, formally request the recipients' presence at both the midday wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel of Windsor Castle on May 19 and the following lunchtime reception at St. George's Hall, hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. The dress code for the daytime events is a "uniform, morning coat, or lounge suit" for men and a "day dress with hat" for women. Additionally, according to the palace, 200 of the guests are also invited to an evening reception at Frogmore House, in the gardens of Windsor Castle, hosted by Prince Charles.
The invites themselves are classic and elegant. The details are printed in black script on ivory card stock, which is edged in gold and embossed with the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales in matching gold ink. In a sweet nod to Harry and Meghan's pond-crossing relationship, the paper is English, while the ink is American. The royal Twitter account uploaded a photo and video of Lottie Small, from royal printer Barnard and Westwood, who was responsible for making the invitations. Small reportedly "printed all of the invitations in a process known as die stamping, on a machine from the 1930s that she affectionately nicknamed Maude."
Barnard and Westwood have been making royal invitations since 1985, according to the palace, including the wedding invitations of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. Their invites too were starkly elegant, featuring similar wording to and the same dress code as Harry and Meghan's. And although Will and Kate's invitations were missing gilded edges and the details of their reception, theirs featured the seal of Queen Elizabeth herself rather than Prince Charles. So it all evens out, really.
Like what you see? Although we suspect the royal printer is a tough vendor to nail down, we did find similarly royal wedding invitations that mimic the style of Harry and Meghan's classic design.
The "Little Wreath" wedding invitations feature a queenly monogram and gold foil.
Little Wreath foil-pressed wedding invitations, $270 for 100, Minted
Formally request the presence of your guests with these classic invites from Etsy.
Formal wedding invitation with antique gold foil, $5, Chelsey Emery available on Etsy
While this pretty invite has a bit more flourish than Harry and Meghan's, it still has a rather royal vibe.
Classic herald wedding invitation, $2.79 each for 75, Shutterfly