Here comes the bride, all dressed in white—but the only question is, what kind of white? An off-white or ivory or cream? And what material would be best for Mrs. Prince Harry-to-be? A group of David’s Bridal designers recently brainstormed on gowns they can imagine Meghan Markle to wear on her big day, and The Knot has all the exclusive sketches.
When her character on Suits was getting married, Markle had a lot of opinions to share about her style on the show contrasted with her style off-screen. “I have the luxury of wearing beautiful pieces of clothing every day for work, so my personal style—wedding or not—is very pared down and relaxed,” Markle told Glamour in early 2016. “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,” she said at the time. “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.”
But her all-time favorite wedding gown? “Carolyn Bessette Kennedy,” she replied. “Everything goals.”
For this look, Markle would be giving off true princess vibes with an all-over lace, hand-beaded gown with an illusion lace appliqued mock neck yoke and cap sleeves that is “modest, regal and elegant.” The stunning look would be capped off with a cathedral veil and a tiara.
White by Vera Wang
A little modern, a little edgy, a little leggy. A proposed look for White by Vera Wang would include a high-low hem and a gown made up of large rosette flange. The effect is “modern, dramatic and a little daring.” The train, a tweak on traditionally long trains, would be “very couture” and help Markle make a sweeping, dramatic entrance at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Palace.
“We envision for Meghan a stretch Mikado gown with a fit and flare skirt to accentuate her fantastic figure,” David’s Bridal says. “The sexy beaded slip bodice and low back are modestly veiled with the beaded tulle cape that takes the place of a veil.” The cling of the gown would give Markle a bit more of an edgy, modern look.
For a more traditional look, the designers at David’s Bridal suggested something “romantic and a little vintage.” The all-over lace would lend a touch of classic royalty, while the “coordinated lace applique cathedral veil” would give Markle a bit of the kind of Princess Diana-esque flair that would make her look iconic.
One option that the team proposed is a classic silhouette with some unique tweaks, including a hand lace applique yoke on an off-the-shoulder bodice. “It’s a classic, timeless style, but the front slit in the gown gives it an updated edge,” the wedding dress experts tell The Knot. The train would create a dramatic silhouette, perfect for Markle to show off on her walk down the aisle.