Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding date is rapidly approaching. The engaged couple has made some decisions about their big day on Saturday, May 19, 2018. As most people know, a lot goes into planning a wedding. The upcoming Royal Wedding will be no ordinary wedding. While the couple will be respectful of royal traditions, they are doing things their own way. That means they are not going to follow some traditions at all, and they are going to modify others.

Wedding their way

Prince Harry and Meghan are comfortable planning their own wedding.

Of course, the Buckingham Palace events team is taking care of the logistics and security, but the engaged couple has a big say in every other detail.

The future bride is not following the tradition of choosing a British designer for her wedding dress as Duchess Kate did when she married Prince William in 2011. The 36-year-old former actress has already selected a designer of her own choice. She is in the process of looking over sketches for her perfect dress.

Markle has made some decisions about the decor. She wants to keep the decorations very simple with some touches of color without hiding the beauty of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The menu will be less British than the usual foods served at other royal weddings that usually include lamb, potatoes, and vegetables.

Unconventional surprises have been predicted. For instance, Meghan might choose to have her mother walk her down the aisle rather than her father. She favors a maid of honor instead of a chief bridesmaid. There will be other differences as well, including the size. The ceremony will be small, personal, and intimate by choice.

Royal rules broken or modified

Up until last Christmas, only married people were allowed to spend the three-day holiday at Sandringham House with Queen Elizabeth. Prince Harry requested that his grandmother grant Meghan permission to attend the festivities since she had no relatives in the U.K. to visit. She was the first unmarried guest granted that privilege.

When it comes to fashion, Meghan has her own style. On November 27 when their engagement was first announced, Meghan posed for photos alongside Harry, wearing no stockings. She also pushed boundaries when she wore a Ralph and Russo dress worth $75,000 with an elegant tulle skirt and a sheer top for their official engagement portrait that was released on December 21. That was a different look when compared with the simple white Reiss dress Kate Middleton and other royal women wore before Markle.