When Meghan and Harry’s engagement was announced on Nov. 27, 2017, Kensington Palace only confirmed that their wedding would take place in “Spring 2018.” The next day, the palace offered a little bit more: get ready to welcome a new Duke and Duchess in May 2018. Other notable May weddings in the British royal family: Princess Margaret and Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones (May 6, 1960) and Peter Phillips (Princess Anne’s son) and Autumn Kelly (May 17, 2008).
As noted in the official announcement, the Royal Family will take care of Meghan and Harry’s wedding bill. For comparison, Kate Middleton and Prince William’s 2011 wedding cost an estimated $34 million, with $32 million going to security alone (via CBS News).
According to Kensington Palace, Meghan and Harry will say “I Do” at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where Harry was christened when he was three months old in 1984. According to The Guardian, the chapel holds about 800 guests (compared to Westminster Abbey’s 2,000). As noted above, Harry’s cousin Peter Phillips tied the knot there with his Canadian bride, Autumn Kelly, in 2008. St. George’s Chapel is also where Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall, held their televised religious blessings after their civil ceremony in 2005.
Along with the wedding date announcement on Nov. 28, Kensington Palace revealed that Meghan will be baptized and confirmed into the Church of England before her May 2018 wedding. As PEOPLE reports, while Meghan attended a Catholic high school, she was not raised Catholic, with her father being an Episcopalian and mother a Protestant. Kate Middleton underwent something similar in the weeks prior to her wedding to Prince William in 2011.
The Guest List
While nothing has been officially announced, a dream guest list would include the Obamas (who have worked on various charitable initiatives with Harry), the Trudeaus (Meghan is close friends with First Lady Sophie Gregoire Trudeau), Serena Williams (also another BFF of Meghan’s), the cast of Suits, the Beckhams (who also attended Will and Kate’s wedding in 2011), Priyanka Chopra (Meghan once interviewed her for her lifestyle website The Tig), Misha Nonoo (rumored to be the mutual friend who originally set up Meghan and Harry), and Rihanna (Harry and the Bad Gal met up to bring awareness on World Aids Day in 2016 and volunteered to take HIV tests together).
Ahead of a Suits episode in 2016, when her character Rachel Zane wore a wedding dress, Meghan spoke to Glamour to talk all things well, wedding dresses. At the time, Meghan revealed that she’s “a lot more relaxed” than her character but that she loved the low ballerina inspired neckline on Rachel’s dress.
Of her dream wedding gown, Meghan offered this: “Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic. Delphine Manivet and Christos Costarellos are faves of mine for their uniqueness and beauty. And I will always be a fan of Ellie Saab. J. Mendel is spectacular as well, especially for more structural designs.”
In the same interview, she revealed that her favorite celebrity wedding dress belonged to Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, calling the gown, “Everything goals.”
One designer Meghan might turn to for wedding dress inspo is her stylist and close friend Jessica Mulroney, who is also known for styling Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau. FYI, Mulroney knows a thing or two about “all things bridal and style.” Below, Meghan and Jessica on a 2016 trip to Italy.
The Wedding Will Probably Be On TV
According to a spokesperson for the engaged couple, Meghan and Harry will try to involve the public as much as possible, which could mean airing their big day around the world. “The couple of course want the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family,” the spokesperson said. “They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved.” (via The Guardian)
The Engagement Ring
As previously revealed, Harry designed the three-stone diamond ring with British jewelers Cleave and Company. The center stone is from Botswana, a place close to the couple’s hearts, and the two side stones are from Princess Diana’s personal collection. The yellow gold is Meghan’s “favorite,” according to Harry.
As the couple told the BBC’s Mishal Husain in their first joint interview since getting engaged, Harry proposed over a typical cozy roast chicken dinner at their cottage in early November. “It was a nice moment, it was the two of us,” Harry said. “I think I managed to catch her by surprise as well.”
Meghan and Harry’s first official engagements together will take place on Friday, Dec. 1, in Nottingham, with the couple meeting organizations that support people living with HIV/AIDs and the staff and mentors at Nottingham Academy about a program that prevents youth violence.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.