Mar­riage our way

Harry and Meghan are not the only cou­ple de­part­ing from the wed­ding rule book. Love is break­ing out all over, says Catherine Fo­ley

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Feature -

MEGHAN and Harry are the envy of many brides- and grooms-to-be. Is it be­cause Meghan is a paragon of style and beauty or be­cause her equally pho­to­genic prince will cut a dap­per dash at the al­tar? Well, yes, there’s that, but the main rea­son is that in their own way this high-pro­file pair have torn up the rule­book and are get­ting hitched their way — es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing royal wed­dings usu­ally tend to be the ul­ti­mate in con­ven­tional dos.

Granted, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in­clud­ing a slew of cen­turies-old tra­di­tional el­e­ments in their nup­tials, but they do seem to have struck the perfect bal­ance by tick­ing req­ui­site boxes while re­tain­ing the sense of a cel­e­bra­tion that is all about them.

The cou­ple, who an­nounced their en­gage­ment in Novem­ber, are plan­ning their own wed­ding — and prom­ise it will be one that “re­flects the char­ac­ters of the bride and groom”.

And, let’s face it, that can be a tricky task in­deed.

Sat­is­fy­ing de­sires of fam­ily and friends while also rec­on­cil­ing a dream of a ca­sual, in­ti­mate oc­ca­sion with a part­ner’s pref­er­ence for some­thing more tra­di­tional can lead you on a merry dance down a path strewn with more thorns than wed­ding-bou­quet roses.

But it doesn’t have to be a tug-of-war be­tween your vi­sion of ex­chang­ing vows, bare­foot in a for­est, and your be­trothed’s yearn­ing for a full cathe­dral cer­e­mony with all due pomp and cir­cum­stance.

Lis­ten up and take com­fort from the advice of two of Ire­land’s top wed­ding plan­ners, who note that it is su­per easy and more than ac­cept­able to en­sure your wed­ding is tai­lored to your in­di­vid­ual tastes.

Franc aka Peter Kelly of Wed­dings by Franc (wed­dings­byfranc.com) re­as­sures in­ner free spir­its that they are not alone in han­ker­ing for a more off­beat or, funky way of ty­ing the knot.

Pic­ture: Adrian O’Neill

<< Ciara O’Neill and Michael (Mixey) Houri­gan.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, above.

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