The royal wedding is almost here! The clock is quickly counting down to the event of the year on May 19th and by all accounts the details of the day are coming together beautifully. Prince Harry & Meghan Markle have been selectively releasing key information about their day via Kensington Palace’s social networks and we now have a pretty good idea of how the day is shaping up. Here’s your royal wedding primer (wedding dress sand Spice Girls reunion speculation included!).

St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is the Venue
Windsor Castle is said to be a very special place for Harry & Meghan. Located 30 minutes from London, the castle is said to be the Queen’s favourite residence and it’s sprawling and VERY private which made it the perfect spot for the couple to cloister away and spend time together as their romance blossomed. The castle dates back to 1080 and the chapel was built inside the castle walls in the 14th century and has hosted several royal weddings previously including Harry’s cousin Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips in 2008; and it will play host another royal wedding this October when Princess Eugenie marries Jack Brooksbank.

The Guest List Will Be Capped at 800
William and Kate had 2000 guests for their royal wedding at Westminister Abbey in 2011,but the maximum seating limit for St. George’s Chapel is 800. Harry and Meghan have announced there will be some special guests for their day—2,460 people will be receiving invites to watch the couple arrive and depart from the grounds of St. George’s Chapel. Upwards of 1,200 guests will be nominated to attend by nine offices of the Lord Lieutenants—representatives of the Queen. This mix will include young people who have demonstrated leadership and served their communities. Another 200 guests will be chosen from charities linked to Meghan and Harry; 100 children from two local schools; 610 people who live on the castle grounds and 530 members of the Royal Household and the Crown Estate.

The Wedding Invites Are Very Traditional
Created by Barnard & Westwood, a British company that holds a Royal Warrant for print and bookbinding for the queen. The classic white invitation features black printing and is die-stamped in gold and burnished and features the ‘three feather’ badge of the Prince of Wales with guest’s names to be added by a calligrapher.

The Wedding Cake Is NOT Traditional!
For centuries the royal wedding cake of choice has been fruitcake. Harry & Meghan are majorly stepping out of the norm with the announcement their cake will be lemon and elderflower flavoured topped with fresh flowers AND it will be designed by California-born, London-based cake maker. Claire Ptak owner of Violet Bakery Café has been commissioned to create the royal masterpiece. Ptak is no stranger to Meghan as she was featured on her now shuddered lifestyle website The Tig.

The Flowers Will Be Epic and VERY British
London florist Phillipa Craddock will be designing the florals for the day and has said the process of working with Meghan and Harry has been “collaborative, free-flowing and fun.” Craddock has said her and her team will be using white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves as well as branches of beech, birch and hornbeam for the chapel’s floral displays. Many of the plants will be sourced from the gardens and parkland of the royally-owned Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park.

The Royal Wedding Dress Is Well Underway
This process apparently started mid-January when Meghan’s Toronto-based stylist Jessica Mulroney (and rumoured matron of honour) flew to London where the pair hosted a few designers at Nottingham Cottage to decide who would design the dress and what it will look like. We won’t know who won the biggest design commission of the year until Meghan steps on on the stairs leading to Windsor Chapel but this will be an iconic fashion moment just like Princess Diana and Kate Middleton? Leading favourites are British based desginers Erdem, Ralph and Russo and perhaps even Victoria Beckham.

There May Be Spice Girls!
There have been many, MANY rumours floating around that the Spice Girls have been invited to the wedding and will be performing at the reception! While Victoria Beckham has teased a reunion on her Instagram, and Geri Horner has suggested the royal wedding would be a perfect party to launch a reunion by performing at the wedding, nothing has been confirmed. Can you even imagine?!

Set Your Alarm Early On May 19th
The wedding is slated for 12 PM GMT, which means for us on the other side of the pond, we will be up early to catch the action. Get your beauty sleep and start planning your royal wedding viewing party, it’s going to and EPIC day!

Authors
Alison McGill

Alison McGill is the editor-in-chief of Weddingbells and the Editorial Director of Mariage Québec.