While most brides-to-be might not be marrying a prince (nor have the same budget that Meghan and Harry had - £21 million, to be precise), there were still plenty of regal ideas for you to take inspiration from the royal wedding and make your own. Here are our favourite details from the day:
The wedding dress
After much speculation about what Meghan's wedding dress would look like, the royal bride surprised everyone by opting for a sleek silk cady bracelet-sleeved, bateau-necked gown, with no obvious embellishment, designed by Givenchy's new Artistic Director, Clare Waight Keller.
"I was really pleased to see something chic, minimal and sophisticated," says Brides Fashion Director, Bryony Toogood. After years of all-over lace, sparkle and sheer in bridal, it's a clear style statement and undoubtedly something that will be much emulated."
The cute bridal party
Can't decide which friends you should award the title of bridesmaid? Afraid of hurting someone's feelings by leaving them out? Meghan Markle avoided just that and ended up with the cutest bridal squad when she opted to have a mini bridal party instead, with ten little ones in tow. Princess Charlotte and Prince George made star appearances, with Charlotte giving the crowds a very regal wave on her way into the chapel!
The hand-picked bouquet
While Phillipa Craddock created some seriously impressive floral arrangements at St George's Chapel, it was Meghan's simple bouquet that really stood out amid such opulence. Her small bouquet of green and white featured several flowers that were actually handpicked by Prince Harry himself the day before (awwwww), and included sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia. For a personal touch like this, we love the idea of asking your groom or family member to pick some flowers for your own wedding bouquet. Here are some tips on how to grow your own wedding flowers.
The lemon and elderflower wedding cake
Just because fruit cake with fondant icing is traditional, that doesn't mean you can't branch out with a fruity flavour instead, just like Harry and Meghan chose to. The royal couple's cake featured three layers of lemon sponge that had been drizzled with elderflower syrup, sandwiched together with buttercream and lemon curd. While you may not require quite the scale the royal couple did (200 lemons went into making their cake!), a lemon, elderflower and lemon curd combination is surely the very taste of spring – and, we think, perfect for any springtime celebration.
The bride making a speech
Of all the traditions Meghan chose to break on her wedding day, choosing to make a speech during the reception, when normally only the groom, best man and father of the bride do so, is our absolute favourite. Why shouldn't the bride get the chance to thank her nearest and dearest on one of the most important days of her life? For tips on how to follow Meghan's lead (and get the courage to do so), check out our tips on how to make a bridal speech and your wedding.