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Ever since the seventh grade, when I saw Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot on live television, I’ve been a huge fan of the royal family, as I follow their social media accounts and read about them periodically. As you can probably imagine, my excitement for the 2018 Royal Wedding was through the roof. While I was anxious to see the wedding venue and its decorations, I was most looking forward to seeing Meghan Markle’s gown, and she (as always) did not disappoint.

The simple, yet elegant style of her dress has been featured in numerous bridal magazines and runway shows since the royal wedding took place last summer. In fact, many designers have incorporated Markle’s “classic” and “effortless” style into their fall and spring collections for 2019. I must say, I definitely approve, as I’ll always opt for simplicity over glitz and glam.

As you might’ve guessed, my favorite bridal trend of 2019 is, without a doubt, the simple, refined styles I’ve seen from bridal designers and wedding planners. Royal wedding aside, I’ve always found that a bride’s wedding day should be about her, not the dress she’s wearing. By walking down the aisle in overwhelmingly sparkly, diamond-adorned dresses, brides often divert attention away from themselves, and onto their gowns. Ladies, remember that your husband-to-be married you for who you are, and not the dress you’ll wear on your wedding day.

While wedding dresses are important in their own right, we really shouldn’t forget why they’re being worn in the first place: Two people have fallen in love, and have chosen to spend the rest of their lives together. Although extravagant ceremonies and receptions are almost expected of weddings, the vows exchanged and the people involved ought to be kept in mind. To me, a simple wedding gown indicates that a bride only requires attention from her husband, and, from my understanding of the royal wedding, Meghan Markle definitely feels the same way.

I suppose there’s somewhat of a contradiction here, as most people think of luxury, diamonds and excessiveness when royalty comes to mind. Both Duchess Kate Middleton of Cambridge and Duchess Meghan Markle of Sussex, however, seem to have a completely different understanding of what royal weddings should entail. Simple and elegant describe the gowns of both women on their wedding day, and this trend will definitely carry over into 2019. So, brides-to-be, keep yourselves in mind as you plan your wedding, and remember: This day is about you, not your gown.


JCU Campus Correspondent
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