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
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.
<< Ciara O’Neill and Michael (Mixey) Hourigan.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, above.