The Royal Wedding: Hits, Misses and Surprises
by Mindy Weiss

Royal Wedding Official Portrait | Photographer: Alexi Lubomirski

On May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England, British royal Prince Harry married American actress Meghan Markle. It was a grand and gorgeous affair with thousands of people waiting outside the chapel to greet Meghan as she arrived and millions more glued to the live telecast. One of those spectators was Celebrity Event Planner and Lifestyle Expert, Mindy Weiss of Mindy Weiss Party Consultants. Weiss has devoted her life to creating memorable celebrations (for the likes of Ellen Degeneres, Heidi Klum and Gwen Stefani) and we were eager to get her take on the recent royal nuptials — here’s what she had to say!

Photographer: Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images

What was your favorite design element of the event?

I loved the greenery that was framing the door with just a touch of flowers. I appreciate that they incorporated Diana’s favorite flowers and vines into Meghan’s bouquet: forget-me-nots [hand-picked by Harry], sweet pea, lily of the valley, white garden roses, and astrancia. It’s all of those kinds of little personal touches that my brides ask me to help them with. 

Photographer: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

What was your favorite moment?

I loved seeing them hold hands in the carriage when they left. And I loved their extra kiss in the carriage. I also loved that they could tell what Prince Harry was saying to Meghan: “You look amazing,” and “I’m so lucky.”

Kingdom Choir

What surprised you about Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding?

I am a huge fan of the royals — I got married three days after Diana and was very fascinated by her wedding. I think what surprised me most with this wedding was that they allowed Meghan to bring so much of her personality into the wedding. The gospel choir, the preacher, those types of elements really personalized the event. The addition of the Kingdom Choir was amazing and I loved how they were all wearing mauve, pink, blush and touch of blue.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

How did you think this wedding different from the other royal nuptials?

Harry and Meghan infused much more personality into their wedding than we’ve seen before. They bent the rules because they could — they didn’t have to follow exact protocol like William and Kate did. I appreciate that Meghan does follow a lot of the rules; she’s not trying to avoid conforming to tradition to make anyone uncomfortable, rather she is updating it. This was a more modern wedding but I think the Queen is hip in her own way, she’s very smart.

Photographer: Getty Images

Any final thoughts on what you loved and what you didn’t about this royal wedding?

I loved his message but I think the preacher [Reverend Michael Curry] spoke a bit too long. And I do wish Meghan’s dad was there, however, her mom looked beautiful. I also love the car that Harry and Meghan drove to the reception [a vintage silver blue Jaguar E type]. Obviously, I wanted to see the reception. But overall I was very happy and satisfied!

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About the Author

Based out of Beverly Hills, Mindy Weiss is a full-service event planner that has successfully grown her brand to become a lifestyle expert with books, product lines and spokesperson partnerships. Mindy has since planned celebrations all over the world, written 3 best selling books. Today, Mindy and her amazing team are innovators and trendsetters best known for their creative ideas, unexpected décor accents and exquisite attention to every last detail. She is well-known for creating Weddings, Parties and Baby Showers for clients including: Fergie & Josh Duhamel, Ellen Degeneres & Portia Rossi, Jessica Simpson, Lala and Carmelo Anthony, Serena Williams, Russell Wilson and Ciara, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, Heidi Klum, Pink, Sofia Vagara and Joe Manganiello, Kimberly Williams & Brad Paisley, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, Russell and Nina Westbrook. If you are a fan of the TV series “The Bachelor,” Trista & Ryan’s, J.P. and Ashley’s, and Sean and Catherine’s weddings were all featured on ABC.