Pippa Middleton Wedding Breakdown

Pippa Middleton first burst into the American consciousness thanks to the royal wedding of Prince William and her older sister, Kate Middleton. And while it was certainly the Duchess of Cambridge’s big day, the image of Pippa wearing a figure-hugging Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton dress has endured. But now, this Saturday, Pippa will have a wedding of her own, when she marries fiancé James Matthews. Below, a review of everything we know so far about the weekend’s big wedding.
The Groom
Pippa is engaged to James Matthews, a former race car driver and current hedge fund manager, who proposed to Pippa last summer in the Lake District area. At the time, the couple had been dating for less than a year, although they had previously been romantically linked. Matthews’s parents own a hotel in St. Barth’s, which the couple has visited together.
What Her Family Thinks
After their engagement, Pippa’s family members quickly expressed their approval for Matthews, as well as their happiness. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge issued a statement saying they were “absolutely delighted with the news.” Pippa and Kate’s father, Michael Middleton, said, “They make a wonderful couple, and we wish them every happiness together.”


The Pre-Wedding Prep
Pippa Middleton reportedly purchased a “Bridal Membership” to London’s women-only Grace Belgravia health club. The package allows brides-to-be to have consultations with a personal trainer and skin care specialist. Additionally, the three-month membership gives access to classes such as meditation and yoga.
The Date
The wedding will take place on May 20. While that date was long speculated, it was more recently confirmed. Of course, invitees would have received their save-the-date cards many months in advance.
The Location
The wedding ceremony will take place at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire. The church, which dates back to the 12th-century, is where the Middleton family spent Christmas last year. Afterwards, a reception will be held at Carole and Michael Middleton’s home, Bucklebury Manor, which is a Grade II–listed historical residence. Its expansive grounds will likely be well utilized, although a massive glass greenhouse has also been built to accommodate guests.
The Dress
While it is unknown what Pippa’s wedding dress will look like, it is reportedly being designed by Giles Deacon. Deacon, who previously worked at Bottega Veneta and Gucci, now operates out of his own studio.
Who’s Involved
Despite the fact that Pippa memorably served as the maid of honor in her sister’s wedding, the Duchess of Cambridge will likely not be a bridesmaid. However, Prince George is set to be a page boy, while Princess Charlotte will serve as a bridesmaid.
Who’s Invited
Chances are, the wedding has a long guest list; with most estimates ranging from 150-350 people. There has been outsize speculation around two guests in particular—Prince Harry and his girlfriend, Meghan Markle. For some time, it was widely expected that Prince Harry would attend, but that Markle would not be invited. Last month, it was reported that Markle was indeed invited to the reception, while it only became clear this month that she had been invited to the ceremony as well. James Middleton’s girlfriend is apparently also invited to the ceremony and reception.
The Dress Code
Middleton has reportedly asked guests to bring two outfits for her wedding–one for the ceremony, and one for the reception. As for whether guests will actually comply? We’ll find out this weekend.

Originally Posted on Vogue.COM






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