We can't even begin to fathom how great a privilege it would be to receive an invite to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding. You get an IRL view of Markle's dress, you'll catch a glimpse of the queen, and you get to dress in your Sunday best, fascinator and all. But, being a royal wedding guest does have a few drawbacks, believe it or not.
With two very public figures tying the knot in such a widely anticipated and monumental ceremony—and with an estimated guest list of 600—obnoxiously tightened security is a given. Not only that, but royal wedding guests have a bit of light reading on their hands before the nuptials—each attendee has been given a series of "critical guidance" instructions for the big day that run seven pages long, according to Daily Mail. We broke down the key points of this extensive paperwork for the main do's and don'ts of royal wedding etiquette, some of which may surprise you.
1. Time Your Bathroom Breaks Just Right
Guests seemingly won't have the luxury of using the loo whenever their bladders demand. Per the "critical guidance," restrooms will be available for use between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m, "at which point this facility will become restricted for the duration of the service," reads the statement. Bathrooms will re-open just after 1 p.m., following the one-hour ceremony, but guests may want to reconsider indulging in a pre-wedding champagne toast.
2. Adhere to the Dress Code
As per the pair's ever-regal wedding invitations, male guests may wear either a "uniform, morning coat, or lounge suit," while the ladies must don a "day dress with hat." Judging by royal weddings past, women can get away with fascinators, and dresses that hit at the knee or below are a must. Men will also have the option to sport top hats with their morning dress looks.
3. No Medals
Potentially due to a mishap with David Beckham's medal at Will and Kate's 2011 wedding (he wore his on the wrong side of his chest), guests have been advised to leave their medals of honor at home for the big day. However, since he's the groom and all, Harry will most likely prove the exception to this rule if he chooses to sport a military uniform down the aisle.
4. Don't Even Think About Bringing a Sword
Along with medals, this one also applies to members of the British military. And, you know, swords just tend to present a bit of a safety concern.
5. Brace Yourself for Security Checks
Speaking of safety, all guests must adhere to a comprehensive security test at Windsor Farm Shop, located three miles away from the wedding venue. Have your passport or driver's license on-hand to verify your identity.
6. Avoid the Bus or Train
Markle and Harry reportedly laid out quite the specific transportation methods within their lengthy wedding day criteria, which does not include hopping on the bus or train. This is to avoid coming in contact with the public, considering such commoners can "seriously inhibit movement" on the big day. Instead, royal wedding attendants have been advised to take one of two routes, deemed the "red" or "green" travel methods, to safely get them to the security checkpoint. Did we mention not to travel by bus or train? Further transportation will be provided to relocate guests from the security point to the church.
7. Do Come Empty-Handed
This is where royal weddings divulge from standard nuptials (well, for one of many reasons)—guests are advised not to bring a wedding gift. What's deemed a major wedding faux pas for the rest of us commoners is most likely a security liability for the royal ceremony. "It should be noted that gifts cannot be brought to St. George’s Chapel or the Reception that follows at Windsor Castle," the paperwork said. "Guests are advised to seek further guidance on delivery arrangements for any gifts to Kensington Palace." Read: mail your gifts beforehand, or donate to the couple's Royal Wedding Charitable Donations page.
8. Pack Lightly
All "hand luggage" is forbidden, meaning any massive bucket bags will probably warrant plenty of dirty looks from the police during the security screening. Instead, royal wedding guests are encouraged to only bring handbags and "rainwear" in case of inclement weather.
9. Give Up Your Phones and Cameras
For anyone who suffers separation anxiety after being apart from their smart phones, this one will be a toughy. If you're one of the 200 lucky guests invited to the evening reception at Frogmore House, the guidelines state that you must hand in any devices with a camera beforehand, so it looks like Instagram posts from this super secretive party will be a no-go.