As the big day for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding is approaching on May 19, here's a look at some of the royal wedding traditions.
So, here are 5 wedding traditions and etiquette one has probably never heard of!
1. The bride has to carry a sprig of myrtle in her bouquet during her wedding-This became a tradition when Prince Albert's grandmother gave Queen Victoria some myrtle-also a flowering plant back in the 19th century.
2. The wedding band is to be made of Welsh gold- This tradition dates back to 1923. The wedding band is made out of Welsh gold because it is said that the metal never depletes. In 2011, when Kate Middleton got married, she was also presented with a gold band made of Welsh.
3. Fruitcake is a must at the Royal wedding- Fruitcake is marked as a 'symbol' of the Royal wedding. Originally, it was a symbol of wealth and prosperity because they were made with expensive items at the time like dried fruits, alcohol and spices. Now, the fruitcake is used as a symbol to prove the 'vastness' of the British Empire by using ingredients from far off countries to make the cake more exotic.
4. After the wedding ceremony, the guests receive another piece of cake in the mail- Because the cake is made out of rich elements like alcohol, spices, and dried fruits, it takes longer for the cake to spoil and so the cake is sent to each one of the guests with a thank you note for attending the wedding.
5. The royal wedding ceremony calls for two receptions- Unlike the customary one reception after the wedding policy, the royal wedding calls for two. The ceremonies usually start around noon and are followed by a wedding 'breakfast' and 'lunch'. There is also an evening reception where only the immediate family gather.