Finalising the guest list is often the most contentious part of the wedding planning process, with most people struggling to keep numbers – and subsequently, costs – down without upsetting friends or family.
However, this is not a problem Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have when it comes to organising their Big Day, as the pair have extended their invitation to thousands of people, including 2,640 commoners.
Of these, 1,200 will be members of the general public who have been picked “from every corner of the United Kingdom”. They will be able to watch the arrival and leaving procession of the bride and groom at Windsor Castle on May 19th.
A Kensington Palace statement said: “Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle have said they want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too.”
These guests will be nominated by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices – personal representatives of the Queen in every county of the UK. They will pick people from a variety of backgrounds who have served their communities.
Additionally, 200 people will be invited from charities and organisations the pair work closely with, 610 will be community members from Windsor Castle, 100 names will consist of pupils from two nearby schools, and the remaining 530 will comprise members of the royal household and crown estate.
The ceremony will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, and will be followed by a reception at St George’s Hall. Prince Charles will then host a private reception for close friends and relatives in the evening.
While you might not be hosting a wedding quite as lavish as the royal’s, you’ll still want your Big Day to be perfect so don’t forget to finalise the small details such as chair covers and lights.
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