The highly anticipated wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is less than two months away. We’ve already gotten a glimpse of their invitations, a description of their wedding cakes, and now, we know what guests will be wearing.
The dress code for the wedding is very specific. According to Best Life, men must wear “uniform, morning coat, or lounge suits.”
This means if a gentleman is currently in the military, he may wear his uniform, but most men in attendance will be in morning coats and top hats. (According to Debrett’s, the British authority on modern etiquette, a “lounge suit” is “an expression only seen on invitations as a dress code. In conversation the terms dark suit or business suit or possibly business dress or business attire are used.”)
Women have been asked to wear a “day dress with hat,” which is a little fuzzy and could be interpreted in many ways. Want to wear a conservative head piece? Go for it. Want to ball out with a crazy fascinator? You do you. The crazier the better, according to the dress code.
In addition, female guests are expected to wear a knee-length dress with sleeves covering the shoulders. Unlike the hats, the less adventurous, the better. No skin is best.
The wedding reception is black-tie.
The Palace announced last week that 200 guests have been invited to the reception at Frogmore House given by The Prince of Wales. Guests have also been invited to the service at St George’s Chapel and to the lunchtime reception at St George’s Hall, which is being given by Her Majesty The Queen.
The invitations follow many years of Royal tradition and have been made by @BarnardWestwood. They feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink. pic.twitter.com/cd7LBmRJxO
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
The wedding invitations, sent out last Thursday, were made by London-based printers Barnard Westwood, who, according to Kensington Palace, have been making Royal invitations since 1985. They feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) printed in gold ink. Harry and Meghan’s engagement announcement were also issued in Charles’ name, which is customary.
If you haven’t heard by now, the wedding is May 19.