The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is just weeks away, set to take place on May 19th at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. As the big day fast approaches, we're learning even more details about the plans for the ceremony.
The latest update comes courtesy of Vanity Fair, who claim to have intel on the wedding dress front.
Sources close to the former Suits actress have told the publication that the bride will be wearing two different wedding dresses: an 'elaborate yet traditional bridal gown' for the ceremony and reception, and a 'glamorous, more sophisticated dress' for the intimate evening reception hosted by Prince Charles.
"She will have two dresses, one for the ceremony and another dress for the evening," a source told them. "The plan is for her to change after the ceremony so that she can party the night away in something glamorous and less restrictive. Meghan can’t wait to surprise everyone, especially Harry. The wedding dress itself will be traditional and elegant. There is talk of some lace and sleeves and Meghan has been working very closely with the designer who has been sworn to secrecy."
Meghan is following in the footsteps of Kate Middleton, who wore two different gowns for her own 2011 wedding ceremony and reception.
Kate first wore a white lace gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen at the ceremony, before changing in to another McQueen creation for the reception.
Kate's second, lesser-known dress featured a circle skirt with diamante detailing at the waist and a sweetheart neckline, which she topped with a shrug.
While Kate opted for two Alexander McQueen gowns - and custom McQueen shoes - it's unclear who Meghan has chosen to design her gowns.
Burberry - or more specifically, outgoing chief creative officer Christopher Bailey - has currently taken over as favourite to design the dress, claims Daily Mail, with reports that the bride-to-be has been the subject of several "top level meetings" at the iconic British fashion house. In addition to the patriotic statement it would make, Meghan's close friend Isabel May previously worked as the director of communications for Burberry and has reportedly been facilitating the pairing.
"Izzy and Meghan are very close and Izzy has been quite involved with helping Meghan behind the scenes," a close friend has reportedly said.
Other major brand names being thrown around include Stewart Parvin, Erdem and Ralph & Russo, who designed Meghan's engagement portrait dress.
Only time will tell which designer Meghan has chosen for her big day, since the royal family are keeping the information under wraps until May 19th, though if we were betting on it, we'd be putting our money on Burberry.