While not all of us are fortunate enough to marry royalty, we can still channel royal elements into our own weddings. And Meghan Markle's upcoming nuptials have future brides wanting to jump on the royal bandwagon for their own ceremonies more than ever.
There's no better future bride to fangirl over than Meghan Markle, what with her gorgeous three-stone engagement ring and the stylish, enviable gown she wore for her engagement photos (that sadly costs $75,000). But even without royal budgets, experts have seen an increase in Markle-inspired wedding trends with non-royal brides, including honeymoons in Botswana and banana wedding cakes. After all, what bride doesn't want to feel like a real-life princess on her wedding day!?
According to Bridebook.co.uk, Markle's style has been influencing the wedding industry as early as two weeks after her engagement announcement to Prince Harry. Deemed the "Meghan Phenomenon," Meghan Markle fans seem to be closely keeping up with every move the soon-to-be royal bride makes in terms of wedding planning. And, as snippets of new royal wedding updates have emerged, future brides are quick to follow in Markle's footsteps for their own nuptials.
Among the many wedding trends that Markle seems to have spearheaded are increased searches for proposals in London, white wrap coats similar to the one she sported for her engagement announcement, custom engagement rings, wedding castle locales, and royal wedding suppliers. There's also been an increased interest in Paloma Blanca wedding dresses (because Markle allegedly tried on one of her gowns, of course), and brides are actually shifting away from May 2018 wedding dates since the May 19th royal wedding will most likely upstage all others. (Sorry, May brides!)
Before their engagement, the future bride and groom vacationed in Botswana, and the center stone from Markle's engagement ring came from said country, hence the increase in honeymoon interest for the South African locale. The duo also selected a banana cake for their reception, which marks the first royal wedding cake made out of the yellow fruit, and it would appear that more brides are going B-A-N-A-N-A-S for this trend.
The rise in custom engagement rings also hints that grooms are taking a cue from Prince Harry, who earned the Fiancé of the Year award after designing Markle's three-stone sparkler himself. Sadly, non-royal grooms won't have access to diamonds from Princess Diana's collection to top off their fiancée's engagement rings, but they can still get the same look for less.
Fans want to mimic Markle's style so much that the green P.A.R.O.S.H dress she wore during her engagement announcement sold out in the blink of an eye. Not to mention, everyone seems to want a nose just like her's—it's one of the most requested in the plastic surgery world. We anticipate all Meghan everything, with brides copying every detail from her pre-wedding beauty regimen to her future wedding dress style (which we're DYING to see).
The "Meghan Phenomenon" is especially prevalent in search traffic—the week after her engagement news broke, the former Suits actress was Googled five times more than Donald Trump (#MeghanForPresident).
Markle seems to be shaking up tradition and doing things her own way, so it's no wonder so many women want to follow suit. Plus, you can't deny the woman just has incredible personal style.
We can't wait to see how the wedding itself pans out and continues to inspire more bridal industry shifts.