There are obviously many ways that royals are not like other people. However, I would argue that the separation between people designated as “royal” and those designated as “not royal” is never more apparent than when examining the many bizarre royal wedding traditions that exist. I mean, to be fair, they’re not really anymore bizarre than non-royal wedding traditions are; most traditions are a little weird, particularly when they hearken back to elements of society that are really no longer relevant. At the same time, though… well, it is not a tradition for the weddings of most regular people to be deemed national holidays, and the fact that they can be for some people is, um, unusual. Just sayin’.
Now that we’re mere months away from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's upcoming nuptials, it’s kind of hard to avoid all the rumors flying around about the big day: What will she wear? What will he wear? Will they have a banana cake? What about a best man? A maid of honor? Flowers? So many questions. Personally, I kind of hope they buck some of the trends; it seems like it would be very them to do so. But I mean, hey, if they want to go along with some of the weirder elements history and culture dictates as “necessary” for British royal weddings, so be it.
I should probably note that by “bizarre royal wedding traditions,” I mostly just mean traditions that go counter to what most people usually think of weddings as having — because again, royal weddings are not like other weddings. It doesn’t mean that these traditions are bad; nor does it mean that more standard wedding traditions are bad. It doesn’t mean that not having any trends or traditions — whether standard or royal — is bad, either. The bottom line is that, when it comes to weddings, whatever floats the betrotheds’ proverbial boat is fine. Have a royal wedding with a fruitcake and a balcony kiss if you like! Have a tiny wedding with just you and your partner on a beach somewhere at sunset and go snorkeling afterwards! Have a big traditional white wedding! It’s totally up to you.
Or, y’know, maybe you and the Queen, if she’s your grandmother and all.
Anyway, these nine traditions strike me as somewhat extraordinary. Only time will tell whether Harry and Meghan go with them or not.