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This Is What Prince Harry and Prince William Were Almost Named


It’s hard to imagine a world without iconic royal brother duo Prince William and Prince Harry, but these two gents were almost given two very different names.

Choosing baby names is no easy feat for any parent, but the pressure was on for Prince Charles and Princess Diana to pick traditional monikers that truly scream “heirs to the British throne” (no trendy baby names within this fam). While William Arthur Philip Louis and Henry Charles Albert David both have lovely royal rings to them in our humble opinion, Prince Charles had something else in mind for his two sons.

Biographer Andrew Morton conducted several recorded interviews with Prince Harry and Prince William’s late mother for his 1992 novel Diana: Her True Story, many of which were featured in the recent self-narrated National Geographic documentary Diana: In Her Own Words. In one specific meeting with the People’s Princess, she discussed the origins of her children’s first names, which were all of her own invention.

The interviewer asked who chose the couple’s youngest son’s name, to which Diana responded, “I did.” She added that, “I chose William and Harry, but Charles did the rest.” But, not without nixing Prince Charles’ two top picks—Albert and Arthur. “He wanted Albert and Arthur, and I said no. Too old!”


While it’s unclear which designation would have been bestowed upon which sibling, we’re thankful Diana put her foot down in this situation, and her sons inherited slightly more modern titles (as well as her stellar sense of style). The thought of a Prince Arthur ascending to the throne is giving us major Medieval vibes. Although, Albert would have been a sweet homage to Queen Elizabeth’s father, and newborn Prince Louis was also expected to claim this alias.

As a recent father of three, Prince William had to step into his parents’ shoes when selecting titles for his own children. All three full names seemingly honor William’s royal relatives in some nature: George Alexander Louis, perhaps after QE2’s father and grandfather, King George V and King George VI; Charlotte Elizabeth Diana for his mother and grandmother; and Louis Arthur Charles after his own father. At least Arthur made into a royal middle name!

See more: Prince Charles Has the Cutest (and Weirdest) Nickname for Meghan Markle

Perhaps Prince Harry will honor his father’s wishes with a baby Albert or Arthur once he, too, enters fatherhood….which may happen sooner than we think (😉).

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank Just Announced Guest List Details for Their Upcoming Royal Wedding


Listen up, royal wedding fans—with less than 100 days (86, to be exact) until Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s nuptials at Windsor Castle, the couple just shared some exciting new info regarding their guest list. While we still don’t know for sure which members of Eugenie’s A-list posse will land an invite, we do know that the betrothed pair wants to follow in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s footsteps by inviting members of the general public to partake in their big day.

“Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank will invite members of the public to join in the celebrations of their wedding on Friday 12th October,” a Buckingham Palace statement announced earlier today. The Palace added via Twitter that “1,200 members of the public will be able to view the arrival of the congregation and Members of the Royal Family, listen to a live broadcast of the Marriage Service and watch the start of the procession as the couple depart at the end of the Wedding ceremony.”

But, before you book your flight to London to catch a glimpse of Princess Eugenie and Brooksbank, there is a catch—interested members of the public must fill out an application in order to be considered for this privilege, and only citizens of the United Kingdom will make the cut (sorry, guys). However, if you do happen to meet the criteria, you can fill out the electronic ballot here.

The royal statement also revealed that locals from the Windsor community and schools, which Eugenie attended, will be watching the royal cavalcade from the Castle Grounds. Brooksbank and his future bride have chosen to invite members of the charities they both condone, as well.

Following the couple’s vows at St. George’s Chapel, the same spot Harry and Meghan were married, Eugenie and Brooksbank will begin their traditional post-wedding carriage procession. “The carriage will process through the grounds of Windsor Castle, departing via Castle Hill to proceed along part of the High Street before returning to the Castle via Cambridge Gate,” the Palace press release added.

See more: Princess Eugenie Wears Over-the-Top Fascinator to Queen’s Garden Party

Now that Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are officially taking more cues than one from their recent royal wedding predecessors, here’s hoping these lovebirds will also mimic Meghan and Harry with a televised ceremony. An American can only dream…

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Listen Up, Brides—The National Bridal Sale Event Is Back!


Still dress shopping for The One to sport down the aisle on your wedding day? Then mark the third Saturday of July on your calendar for the best wedding shopping day of the year—the kickoff of the third annual National Bridal Sale Event. As the name implies, this is a dress sale that brides (especially on a budget) absolutely don’t want to miss out on.

From July 21-28, select independent bridal boutiques across the United States, Mexico, and Canada (more than 700, to be exact) will be selling discounted dresses for your upcoming wedding, which you can immediately take home that day. And, brides aren’t the only ones who can reap the benefits of this must-shop occasion—the National Bridal Sale Event also caters to bridesmaids, mothers of the bride, and even flower girls for a wide range of wedding day outfits.

While the prime time to shop this one-of-a-kind opportunity will be its initial launch day, many local bridal boutiques will extend their sales into the following week. Conveniently for brides, the organization’s website lists all the participating salons, broken down by state. Simply select a state and check out the bridal shops closest to you to take advantage of the event. To see which salons will be continuing their sales, check the National Bridal Sale Event Facebook page for updates.

Both the event’s website and Facebook page are valuable, year-round resources available to brides. From advice on finding the perfect dress to emphasis on a new “Bridal Shop of the Month” every 30 days, each platform is designed with brides in mind to help with the dress selection process, even after the sale has commenced.

If you’re recently engaged and have yet to start even thinking about dress shopping, don’t fret—last November, the organization launched a smaller-scale version of the event in November, deemed the National Bridal Indoor Sidewalk Sale. Be on the lookout for round two later this fall!

See more: How to Choose Your Dream Wedding Dress: 70 Things to Know

Happy wedding dress shopping, future brides, and may the odds of the National Bridal Sale Event be ever in your favor. With prices and inventory like this, your chances of finding The One are pretty favorable.

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10 Best Amazon Prime Day Deals 2018 for Your Bachelorette Party


From the best picks for your home to your wedding day in general, we’ve about run the gamut for the best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals that all future brides need to take advantage of ASAP. Next up on the docket? Bachelorette party supplies and must-haves, of course. Because, with a sale so extensive it’s practically earned national holiday status among Amazon shoppers, there’s truly something for every occasion available on Prime Day, last fling before the ring included.

Whether your bachelorette is around the corner or you haven’t even thought about planning yet, there’s plenty of Amazon Prime Day deals that you need to snatch up for the future celebrations regardless. From pool floats to party favors that your girls will actually reuse to all things booze related (it is a party, after all), this sale is the prime (get it!?) opportunity to cross all your bachelorette staples off the list. It’s not a true party unless you’re well-stocked, so get to online shopping before these sales run out.

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9 Vibrant Wedding Decor Picks in the Pantone Color of the Year


If you’re the kind of bride who wants to incorporate the most of-the-moment trends into her wedding, then say hello to the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year—Ultra Violet! Especially perfect for couples who want to venture outside the box, this bright hue ain’t your typical wedding color, which makes it all the more cool and original. In fact, Pantone describes this “blue-based purple” tint as a symbol of “experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.” Seems like quite the innovative wedding color palette if we ever saw one.

You don’t have to go all purple everything to successfully pull off this year’s top color trend. In fact, with a hue this bold, the simpler the better, meaning you can mainly rely on specific minimal accents that still pack a statement-worthy punch. Finding Ultra Violet pieces that scream classy, not tacky, may feel like hunting for an amethyst in a haystack, but we come bearing plenty of purple inspo. From a cake stand to place settings to florals, we rounded up nine pieces of wedding decor in the Pantone Color of the Year destined to lighten and brighten your wedding venue. Each piece demands attention without being too overbearing, so you’ll effortlessly nail the Ultra Violet trend just in time for your nuptials.

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham of “The Bachelor” Reveal Their Engagement Photos

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Although he’s dethroned Juan Pablo as one of the most hated contestants of The Bachelor following last season’s dramatic/awkward finale, Arie Luyendyk Jr. is well on his way to living out his reality TV happy ending. Arie, who dumped current Bachelorette star Becca Kufrin for runner-up Lauren Burnham, will walk down the aisle this January. And, in honor of less than six months until the big day, both Lauren and her race car driver fiancé took to Instagram to share a sneak peek of their gorgeous engagement photos.

The pictures feature the all-smiles couple sitting in a field, with Lauren sporting a perfectly bridal white mini dress and Arie donning a striped t-shirt and jeans. The snapshot Lauren shared to her personal Instagram shows Arie sweetly kissing her on forehead as she holds his face, emphasizing her engagement ring. “It’s now just under six months till I marry this sweet man,” she captioned the post. “He’s been the biggest blessing in my life every single day. #truelovewins.”

Arie chose a much more candid snippet to reveal via Instagram, sharing an engagement photo of the glowing pair canoodling and laughing. “One step closer to the wedding 🙂 This is what life is all about, sharing these amazing moments with her,” he wrote. “Under 6 months until the big day! #engagementphotos.”

The couple announced their wedding date and venue—”JanuLAURIE” 12 in Maui—at the end of May. While the ceremony won’t be televised (much to the disdain of Bachelor Nation fans), Arie posted a sneak peek of the couple’s jaw-dropping venue, Haiku Mill. “Can’t wait to make @laureneburnham my wife ❤️ This is the incredible venue for our wedding JanuLARIE 12th!” he captioned the photo.

Aside from shooting their engagement photos, the couple recently crossed another milestone off their list—buying a house together. Arie and Lauren posed in front of their new humble abode, and took to Instagram June 24 to spread the news. “Officially new home owners!🏡” Lauren wrote with the post.

See more: *The Bachelorette’*s Becca Kufrin Is Engaged!

Cheers to Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham for giving us hope in reality TV love, and we wish more than anything that Chris Harrison makes the wedding guest list.

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28 Pretty Mother of the Groom Dresses for Any Budget and Style


While the most raved about frock at your son’s upcoming wedding is bound to be the bride’s, you still deserve your own fashion moment while sporting your potential mother of the groom dress. Besides, despite the emphasis on the couple, weddings are undoubtedly huge family affairs, and you and your spouse will garner a fair chunk of attention on the big day (whether you’re ready for it or not!). From walking down the aisle (er, runway!?) to posing for more family photos than you’ve ever taken in a lifetime, there’s no shortage of moments in the spotlight, meaning you need a mother of the groom dress that makes you feel completely confident and comfortable.

Tradition typically dictates that the bride’s mother picks her gown first, and then the MOG follows suit with a corresponding style. But, as long as both mothers don’t show up in the exact same gown, we say to hell with this fading wedding custom. Although it’s ideal for the MOB and MOG to stick within a similar formality range based on the wedding’s dress code and to pick colors that complement one another (but not white!), it’s totally up to you how you want to look on the big day. The main rule of thumb is to let your style shine, avoid upstaging the bride at all costs, and run your dress by her before the wedding to avoid any monster-in-law stereotypes from the get-go.

Now, mother of the groom dress traditions aside, let’s get down to the fun part—picking out THE dress (the bride’s not the only one with a big wedding day outfit decision to make). If you’re a trendy mama, we have plenty for you. Think cool midi dresses fit to match any wedding style, patterns that make a statement without being too over the top, and unique silhouettes that will make you pray for at least one more occasion to sport said attire.

Or, if the traditional MOG dress route is more up your alley, you’re covered in that department, as well. There’s plenty of tasteful necklines, long sleeves, simple neutral hues, and more to meet your wedding day fancy, all of which are just as head-turning and far from mundane.

See more: 6 Conversations to Have with Your Parents Right After You Get Engaged

Each silhouette in our roundup of 28 mother of the groom dresses is fit to flatter and, equally as important, gain the bride’s stamp of approval. With a slew of price points and picks for anything from black tie to barefoot beach ceremony, there’s a gown with your name written all over it.

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Priyanka Chopra Dishes on Meghan Markle's Marriage, and Whether It's Also in the Cards for Her


As if we had any doubts that Meghan and Markle and Prince Harry were winning this whole newlywed thing (have you seen their adorable PDA??), actress Priyanka Chopra (and close pal of Meghan’s) officially confirmed our suspicions.

Chopra, who attended Meghan and Harry’s May 19 royal wedding, spilled the details on her friend’s recent marriage to PEOPLE at last night’s Vogue x Saks dinner party at The Hamptons.

“She’s doing amazing,” says the Quantico star. “It’s so nice to see.”

Thankfully, despite both their busy schedules as of recent, Chopra and Meghan have had no difficulty maintaining their close relationship.

“When you have real friendships, like ours, it doesn’t matter what people look at you as or where your world goes, you sort of just, stay friends,” she says. “And I think that’s what we’re like.”

As for Chopra’s own love life, the 35-year-old is currently dating former boy band member Nick Jonas. The duo made their first public appearance since rumors of their relationship began swirling at Jonas’s cousin’s wedding June 9, where Chopra was the 25-year-old singer’s plus-one. More recently, the pair has also been spotted toting matching gold rings, leading us to wonder (naturally) whether they might be headed to the chapel one day.

While she didn’t offer any hints as to whether Jonas is The One, Chopra, a notorious feminist, also discussed her views on marriage at the Vogue x Saks event. Good news—she’s a proponent.

“I love the idea of getting married,” Chopra told Entertainment Tonight. “I totally want to get married at some point. I don’t think marriage makes you smaller or bigger or more feminist or not. Feminism basically is women saying, ‘Give us our own choices without judging us.’ That’s all it is. It’s not about berating someone. It’s not about proving a point. I totally would love to get married.” We. Are. Here. For. This.

See more: Meghan Markle Is “Just Right” for Royalty, According to Priyanka Chopra

Here’s to Priyanka Chopra enjoying her own princess-worthy wedding one day.

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Will Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Be Publicly Televised?

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Royal bride-to-be Princess Eugenie may be taking a wedding cue from her cousin, Prince Harry, in more ways than one. Eugenie is set to marry her boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, at the same venue Meghan Markle and Harry tied the knot—St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle—October 12. Now, with another royal wedding on the docket, there’s also the question of whether it will be televised for public viewing. So, will Princess Eugenie similarly walk down the aisle alongside a camera crew?

At the moment, it’s too soon to tell, but royal expert Omid Scobie (who also offered hints regarding Meghan Markle’s wedding dress prior to the wedding), implied that Eugenie’s nuptials may, in fact, be televised. Scobie voiced his thoughts via a June 28 episode of “On Heir,” a podcast that he co-hosts primarily dedicated to royal news.

“Looking back at some of the smaller royal weddings, they don’t normally get televised; however, there is a lot of interest in Eugenie’s wedding,” says Scobie. “I think the fact that we had billions of people watching Harry and Meghan’s wedding this time around showed just how much interested there will be.”

Plus, some of the royal wedding guests themselves will also be worth watching, including the bride’s entire fam.

“And the fact that every member of the royal family will be there in October [makes] this one of the most anticipated events on the social calendar later this year,” Scobie added. “There will be lots of interest. No doubt, every major network has requested some sort of access.”

New details have slowly begun to emerge regarding the second widely-anticipated British royal wedding of the year (third if you count the royal family’s first upcoming same-sex wedding). Reports from Daily Mail indicate that Prince William’s eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte (sorry, Prince Louis), will have another shot at being ultra adorable bridal party members in Eugenie’s ceremony. Compared to Harry and Meghan’s wedding, we can also expect Eugenie’s to have a much less expensive price tag, considering there will likely be fewer security precautions put into place.

See more: Everything We Know About Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding, So Far

Here’s hoping we can all reuse our former royal wedding watch party necessities and have the live opportunity to witness Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank say “I do.”

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Sports Illustrated Model Samantha Hoopes Is Officially Engaged


First, Victoria’s Secret model Devon Windsor had THE most epic surprise engagement (on an island, no less) June 24. Now, yet another supermodel has been officially swooped off the market—Sports Illustrated Swimsuit regular Samantha Hoopes.

The blonde beauty’s boyfriend, Salvatore Palella, popped the question at the Bulgari Hotel Milano during an Italian getaway trip. June 23 marked the couple’s first anniversary, and how better to celebrate than with an engagement? Ever the romantic, Palella, CEO and founder of car-sharing service Helbiz, proposed at the same spot the pair first met over a year ago.

Both Hoopes and Palella took to Instagram to share the exciting news. Hoopes, who totes a bashful 1 million followers, posted a series of pictures from the proposal four days ago, including a close-up selfie of her new ring and a snapshot of Palella getting down on one knee as she sits, donning a floral-printed midi dress, in an armchair surrounded by roses (381, to be exact). The lovebirds are also seen enjoying a celebratory glass of wine, while musicians serenade them in the background.

“380 days we have looked at each other in the eyes and then (380 days and then381 bc of time zones) .. this morning on the airplane back to where we first met where you presented 381 roses from now until forever we will be together and today we promised to be forever together!!” the 27-year-old captioned the post. “You’re mine @palella and I’m beyond with our love I can’t wait to spend forever plus 381 with you baby 🇮🇹💖💞💙❤️🤤 #howdidigetsolucky #realman #mine 🥂💎 #ifyoulikeitthenyoushouldaputaringonit.”

Palella also posted the same photos to his personal Instagram account, writing, “381 days ago I met you, and today sourrounded by 381 roses the same place where we initially met I got down on one knee with a ring I personally designed for you, you said YES to share the rest of your life with me. I Love You @samanthahoopes #Mine.”

The newly betrothed couple continued the post-engagement celebrations abroad, migrating to Florence for an intimate meal in the elite Gucci Garden overlooking the Florence Cathedral. Hoopes further shared her enthusiasm with another Instagram photo, posted three days ago, featuring a a solo shot of her with the caption, “The future Mrs.Palella 🕺🏼😜🥂💋.”

See more: All the Celebrities Who Have Gotten Engaged This Year…So Far!

Engagement looks good on these two so far (and R&R in Italy probably helps, too). Congratulations to Samantha Hoopes and Salvatore Palella!

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You Don't Know Peak Engagement Excitement Until You've Seen This Woman's Roller Coaster Ring Selfie


You’ve unwillingly seen it all splashed across your social media feeds—the beach ring selfie, the mountaintop ring selfie, the selfie with the beaming fiancé in the background, and even the occasional ring selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower. But, it’s safe to assume you’ve never seen anything quite like this couple’s Disney World roller coaster ring selfie, and it’s one that’s definitely worthy of a double tap.

Sure, Disney World seems like another pretty standard spot to pop the question and snap a pic, but bride-to-be Sonni Nicolette has forever upped the ante on the engagement ring photo game. After her fiancé, Jordan Williams, proposed in front of the park’s most picturesque spot—Cinderella’s castle (duh)—the pair posed for a few photos to flaunt their new engagement status before hitting the popular Space Mountain ride (this is where it gets good).

In a series of photos that Nicolette posted to Twitter July 7, the last shows the newly betrothed couple on board the roller coaster ride (taken by an on-ride camera). In the snapshot, Nicolette, sporting red polka dot Minnie Mouse ears, perfectly timed her reaction as the ride plummeted down the hill. With her left hand raised in the air, she pointed with her opposite hand to her new bridal bling, while donning the most boastful smirk you’ll ever lay eyes on.

Williams’ pose also helped make this snippet (naturally) go viral. The future groom, seated next to Nicolette, is the face of pure terror, mouth ajar and eyes wide open. The two unassuming men seated in front of the couple, striking a “Wakanda Forever” pose, are also a pretty nice touch to the photo, as well.

“I SAID YES!!! I can’t wait to marry my best friend💘💍,” Nicolette captioned the tweet, which has currently garnered over 28,000 retweets and 140,000 likes. Twitter users were also quick to add their own reactions to the Space Mountain photo.

On another note, Nicolette also tweeted a separate photo of just her ring (while rocking the most bridal-worthy manicure, we might add), which features a cushion-cut center stone with a unique thick, swirled halo. All in all, seems this pair’s Disney trip was quite the success.

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Future brides, take note—Nicolette has set the bar high for all upcoming engagement ring photos with this perfectly planned (or not, on Williams’ part) roller coaster ring selfie. It might take an actual trip to space to top this one.

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Charlotte Casiraghi, Grace Kelly's Granddaughter, Is Pregnant

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From Prince Louis’s baptism in Britain yesterday, to confirmation of Monaco royalty Charlotte Casiraghi’s pregnancy, royal baby fever is in full swing worldwide this year.

Casiraghi, daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and granddaughter of the iconic Grace Kelly, officially verified pregnancy rumors at the end of last month while attending Monaco’s Pro-Am equestrian competition, where she flaunted her baby bump with a killer maternity ensemble. The 31-year-old royal is expecting her first child with her film producer fiancé, Dimitri Rassam.

According to PEOPLE, these soon-to-be-parents and soon-to-be-newlyweds got engaged on an Austrian ski trip this past March. While the rather elusive proposal was never publicly announced, the seemingly private future bride, who is currently eleventh in line to the Monaco throne, has since been seen toting a diamond ring on her left hand. Any wedding plans so far are being kept on the D.L., including the date, but a source reported to PEOPLE that a December civil ceremony may be in the cards, followed by a larger celebration.

While this baby marks Casiraghi and Rassam’s first together, both have children from previous relationships. Rassam shares a daughter, Darya, with his ex-wife, model Masha Novoselova. Casiraghi has a son, Raphael, 4, with former boyfriend, comedian Gad Elmaleh.

This will also be the third Monaco royal heir born this year—Casiraghi’s older brother, Andrea, and wife Tatiana Santo Domingo welcomed their third child, Maximilian Rainier, April 19. Casiraghi’s younger brother, Pierre, followed suit May 21, when his wife, Beatrice, gave birth to son Francesco. Not to mention another of Grace Kelly’s grandchildren, Louis Ducruet, announced his engagement to his college sweetheart, Marie Chevallier, in February. Quite the busy year!

See more: Looking Back on Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier’s Wedding Photos

Congratulations to Charlotte Casiraghi and Dimitri Rassam, both on their engagement and pregnancy! We’re looking forward to yet another royal wedding.

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All About Prince Louis' Baptism Today


The royal family has had quite the busy agenda this summer, from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding to the Royal Ascot to today’s big event: Prince Louis’ baptism.

Following in his older brother Prince George’s footsteps (and reportedly Meghan Markle’s, as well), the two-month-old royal is set to be christened today at The Chapel Royal, St James’ Palace, according to a Palace statement. Prince Louis’ parents, Kate Middleton and Prince William, invited only family, friends, and godparents to witness the sacrament, with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Pippa Middleton among the few guests who will reportedly be in attendance.

Just like older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis has quite the lengthy list of godparents—six, to be exact (two must not cut it when you’re royalty…). Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle weren’t given the honors (Will and Kate have tended not to choose immediate family), the six royal godparents are either close friends or relatives of the proud parents, all of whom were officially announced in today’s Palace statement. Mr. Nicholas van Cutsem (Prince William’s longtime pal), Mr. Guy Pelly (a friend of the couple), Mr. Harry Aubrey-Fletcher (William’s former schoolmate), The Lady Laura Meade (another close friend of Will and Kate), Mrs. Robert Carter (Kate’s friend and former classmate), and Miss Lucy Middleton (Kate’s cousin) have all been selected as the royal infant’s godmothers and godfathers.

The tiny guest of honor will sport a handmade duplicate of the Royal Christening Robe, a royal lace and satin frock that was originally made in 1841 for the baptism of Queen Victoria’s oldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal. While the OG gown has been worn by every royal infant since, up until the baptism of Prince Edward’s sons, James, in 2008, Queen Elizabeth requested a second identical version to be made in order to preserve the first. Her own personal dressmaker, Angela Kelly, was commissioned for the task.

Another royal christening tradition involves the Lily Font, an intricate silver baptismal font that’s also been in the family since Queen Victoria’s reign—she and husband, Prince Albert, had this piece made for their daughter Victoria’s baptism, as well.

After the ceremony, Will and Kate will host guests at Clarence House, where they will dine on “christening cake,” which simply translates to a chunk removed from the couple’s 2011 wedding dessert. The formerly eight-tier confection, created by Fiona Cairns, featured 17 separate fruit cakes covered in cream and white icing, adorned with 900 iced flowers and 17 different kinds of leaves. Quite the post-baptism dessert.

See more: Prince Louis’s Birth Certificate Has Been Released, and Mom and Dad’s Listed Occupations Are Truly One-of-a-Kind

Although the Queen and Prince Philip will not be able to attend, this royal infant’s christening will probably be a wonderful family affair (and more grand than the rest of us commoners could possibly imagine). Congrats to the entire royal family, especially Prince Louis, on this special day!

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Study Finds That More Than Half of Couples Bring Debt Into Their Marriages

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Planning a wedding can wind up being a debt-inducing affair in and of itself. But, if you or your partner has come into your relationship with pre-existing debt, the financial strain may take a further toll on your romance.

Financial expertise company Fidelity Investments just released the findings of its eleven-year Fidelity Couples & Money Study, which ultimately found that most couples aren’t communicating about finances as well as they think they are, and that over half of the 3,324 survey participants brought debt into their marriages. What’s more is that, of those who carried over their debt, four in ten admitted that it negatively impacted their relationships, and almost half cited finances as their biggest relationship problem. The main issue among married couples concerned about debt was how to resolve theirs or their partner’s money issues, and these partners were more likely to have poor financial communication and a difficulty instigating money talks in the first place.

The Fidelity Couples & Money Study also revealed that, within indebted couples, 49 percent claimed problems arose when determining which member of the marriage should pay off the debt. But, interestingly enough, the findings also reported that 55 percent of participants felt more inclined to take over their partner’s debt, whereas only 33 percent expected their significant other to pick up their slack.

“We see over and over that dealing with debt is one of the biggest stressors in day-to-day life. Working as a team to put a financial action plan in place to address debt can help couples get out from under this burden, and as importantly bring more peace of mind to your household and relationship,” Alexandra Taussig, senior vice president of lifetime client engagement at Fidelity, said in the press release. “It’s not the debt you bring into the relationship that matters, but how you work together to handle your debt over the long run.”

While 54 percent of respondents would rather work more to save up for retirement in the long run, even if that meant spending less time with their spouses, Fidelity argues couples don’t have to choose one over the other as long as they “stay on the same page and take time to plan their future together.”

See more: Married Finances: The Basics Of Joint Accounts, Budgeting, Etc.

The best way for newlywed couples to go about this, according to survey respondents? Participants were asked to provide their own financial advice, with “save as early as possible for retirement” being the most popular response. Additionally, they advised “don’t take on more debt than you can possibly afford” and “make all financial decisions together.” Newlyweds, take note—these tips might cancel out future financial fights.

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The Designer Behind the Most Pinned Wedding Dress Is Back with Its Latest Collection


You can finally take your dream wedding dress from Pinterest board to real life, thanks to the newest Grace Loves Lace collection.

This Australian label may already be on your radar, as they landed the coveted spot of “The World’s Most Pinned Wedding Dress” in 2016. The notorious number, The Hollie, features a fitted spaghetti strap lace dress, with a layered translucent skirt on top.

While this gown has unsurprisingly sold out worldwide, the brand’s latest compilation, the ICON collection, can similarly satisfy your bohemian bridal needs. The 2018 ready-to-wear line, which just launched on the brand’s website last month, features a series of figure-flattering full skirts, delicate armbands, and three-dimensional hyper-textured fabrics, all made within the label’s Australia studio.

Grace Loves Lace has already made a name for itself as a brand that encourages comfort and fluidity, and this collection is no different. “The notion that wild women should not be tamed is the very reason we refuse to hold them back with restrictive, rigid elements like boning, corseting and heavy fabrics,” says Founder and Creative Director Megan Ziems.

According to Ziems, the overall theme for this assortment of bridal looks was initially inspired by famous rebellious, iconic women, including the Peter Lindbergh-era ’90s supermodels, in order to appeal to a modern bride.

“The collection first and foremost celebrates self- expression as a form of personal freedom,” says Ziems. “Our dresses are an extension of a woman’s substance—they make you FEEL something.” Each look challenges the traditional stigma of what it means to be a “bride,” focusing instead on the independent women sporting the gowns. “We design for women with a strong sense of self,” Ziems added.

The line even allows brides to go the whole nine yards, going beyond just the gown and offering veils, a faux fur jacket, and a silk shirt that’s perfect for all pre-wedding beauty prep with your ‘maids on the big day. Brides also have the option to customize certain components on select gowns, like the train length and lining color. All pieces are priced between $220 and $3,200, and sizes range from XXS-XL.

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Check out some of our favorite picks from the ICON collection below, and shop the full series on the Grace Loves Lace website. We have a feeling you’ll love them all equally, but snag any that has potential to be The One ASAP—you never know which gown(s) might gain worldwide, in-demand Pinterest fame next.

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The Internet Is Divided Over Meghan Markle's New “Accent” in Twitter Video


So far, royal life seems to be Suiting the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, quite well, and perhaps all her bonding time with the Queen is starting to further solidify her position within the British royal fam in more ways than one.

During her official visit to Chester, England with Queen Elizabeth, a Givenchy-clad Meghan attended the opening ceremony for the Mersey Gateway Bridge, met with local schoolchildren, and dined at the Chester Town Hall. Minus a tiny royal faux pas, nothing was too out of the ordinary during this royal engagement…except, however, the way Meghan spoke, which the Internet was quick to pick up on.

A video posted to Twitter by a user named Aya El Zeiny shows the Duchess of Sussex greeting well-wishers in the Chester community. The 36-year-old American shook hands and introduced herself (as if she needed an introduction…) to the crowd, including Aya, who declared, “I’ve been a fan of you for so long.” The video continues as Markle moves down the line of citizens, thanking those who congratulated her on the recent royal wedding.

While it’s difficult to tell for sure in the short snippet, many social media users pointed out that the Duchess seems to be losing her American accent, in favor of a slightly more British dialect. But, we’re getting horrid flashbacks of the “Yanny vs. Laurel” sensation, with the Internet divided on Meghan’s apparent articulation.

Some deemed it normal that Meghan would adopt a British accent after living in the country for a brief stint of time.

But, not everyone agreed.

On the other hand, others believed that Meghan, who is unfortunately no stranger to criticism, was simply “acting” and feigning the English-sounding pronunciation.

Some were even skeptical that the video proved any form of non-American accent at all.

But, one user summed up the perfect response:

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Regardless of however she may be speaking, Meghan appears to be seamlessly integrating into her new royal lifestyle, including seemingly getting along swimmingly with Prince Harry’s family—the Queen even extended an exclusive invite for Meghan to ride on her royal train. Here’s hoping that non-royal Twitter users will find better things to do with their time than troll the Duchess of Sussex, like watching Suits or partaking in some sort of fundraising activity.

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You Can Now Get Your Hands on the Same Art Print That Prince Harry Gave Meghan Markle

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While royalty may have given Prince Harry an inherent taste for the finer things in life, it turns out you don’t have to have a royal budget to partake in the arts just like this new groom.

Prior to announcing his relationship with his now-wife Meghan Markle, the royal redhead purchased a painting from Kensington’s Walton Fine Arts gallery, titled Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, in October 2016. Created by British artist Van Donna, the diptych artwork features two separate white canvases—one with a black and white silhouette of a young boy and girl holding hands from behind, the other spray painted with the words “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” in a sprawling, blue font.

While it was never officially confirmed whether Meghan was the true recipient of this romantic and modern two-piece painting set, all signs seem to indicate so. A local art collector confessed to PEOPLE at the time that Prince Harry was on the hunt for a gift for “an important person,” just a few days before their relationship went public. He also reportedly asked whether the two pieces of the diptych could be separated, meaning he may have been considering giving one to Meghan and keeping one for himself.

Van Donna Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (Celebration Edition Diptych)

Courtesy of Van Donna

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It’s estimated that the original art cost a few grand, but you can follow in Harry’s footsteps and earn major gifting points with your own S.O without breaking the bank. PEOPLE reports that Van Donna is currently selling a condensed version of the painting on the Walton Fine Arts website. The artist, whose professional alias meshes “Van Gogh” and “Madonna,” has several variations available of the popular print, including a 21 x 21 cm framed replica of the stenciled children, priced at only $264.

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If Meghan’s already severely in-demand clothing has taught us anything, we have a feeling these prints will be flying off the gallery walls. Some of the artwork in the collection also has a limited supply, meaning you better take the plunge ASAP if you’re interested in surprising your own partner. Consider your upcoming anniversary gift already taken care of, royal stamp of approval and all.

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9 Summer Books All Future Brides Should Add to Their Reading Lists


Calling all bride-to-be bookworms! Put a pause on wedding planning for a hot sec and allow yourself some much needed R&R time this season, curled up with a fabulous book (outdoors, of course). And don’t worry, you Type-A brides who won’t allow yourself a minute’s break—your wedding won’t be too far off the brain with any of these novels. We rounded up the best wedding-related summer books that should be on every future bride’s reading list this season (or, for those who just love a good breezy romantic read).

For crime-loving brides, we have no shortage of mystery thrillers, from wedding murders (talk about a day ruiner) to a blurry bachelorette weekend gone horribly wrong, truly epitomizing “bach shit cray.” On a lighter note, there’s I Am BRIDE: How to Take the WE Out of Wedding (and Other Useful Advice) from writer and comedian Laura Willcox, here to offer plenty of wedding wisdom from a witty, satirical perspective. Or, read up on a series of short stories laced with humor via You Think It, I’ll Say It by bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld, one of which involves a honeymooning couple.

Whatever your novel genre of choice, take your pick from any of these nine books for a worthwhile leisure activity that will help you further get in the spirit for your wedding day (well, aside from the murder mysteries, probably).

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The Wedding Singer Star Adam Sandler Is Now a Wedding (Photo) Crasher


While comedian Adam Sandler unfortunately didn’t live up to his Wedding Singer role IRL, he did get to partake in another couple’s big day in a big way last week (minus the ’80s hairdo).

Newlyweds Alex Steinberg and Kevin Goldstein, who married in Montreal, were minding their own business, snapping wedding photos at the Le Mount Stephen hotel before their ceremony, when they noticed Sandler from afar. The bride initiated a conversation with the 51-year-old actor, who was in town filming a new Netflix original, Murder Mystery. One thing led to another, and this seemingly Sandler-obsessed couple ended up with more buzz-worthy pictures than they probably bargained for.

“We told him we’re huge fans, we love his work, we’ve watched all his films,” Goldstein told BBC from his Italian honeymoon. “[Sandler] replied, ‘Good, I’ll take some photos then―mazel tov!’ “

Steinberg and Goldstein’s photographer, Sana Belgot of Mlle Sana Photography, immediately leaped into action and captured the trio’s random rendezvous, all the while Sandler was dressed in a T-shirt and basketball shorts. The best photo of the bunch features the beaming bride and groom in their gown and tux, respectively, standing on a terrace while a mustached Sandler poses below in the background, holding up two peace signs. That’s a framer for sure.

Belgot shared a collage of the hilarious snapshots to her Instagram account. “About last Sunday…My bride & groom bumped into @adamsandler, and that was amazing! Everything can happen in #montreal !” she captioned the photo montage. BBC also reports that one photo has since been up-voted more than 27,000 times on Reddit.

The couple even requested his presence for the wedding itself, t-shirt and all. “I was like, please come! Please come! Sing the hora!” Steinberg told Time, but he unfortunately wasn’t able to make it (or belt out a good ’80s love song, for that matter).

Despite not having a celeb wedding guest to put the cherry on top of this amazing chance encounter, Goldstein raved about the experience, deeming Sandler “the nicest guy.”

“He took the time to take photos with us and spend time with us,” Goldstein told BBC. “It made our photos and wedding that much better.”

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While this wedding run-in would have been a tad bit more exciting with a surprise cameo from Drew Barrymore, we have to hand it to this lucky couple. It truly doesn’t get much better than an Adam Sandler wedding photo bomb. Those shots are definitely worthy of the wedding scrapbook.

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19 Best Fourth of July Sales 2018 for Brides


Calling all future brides—put your backyard barbecues and fireworks shows on hold (at least for a brief stint) to scope out the best of the best Fourth of July sales of 2018 that should be on every couple’s radar. Whatever your wedding needs and no matter how far along you are in the planning process, these summer deals can save you and your partner a heck of a lot of dough, with picks that are fit for every future bride and groom. Think everything from home decor to honeymoon wardrobe options to wedding invitations.

This year, use the fourth day of July as the prime opportunity to cross as many wedding necessities off your checklist as possible. Minted especially comes to the rescue this Fourth, offering deals on not only save the dates, but also table numbers, menus, and programs. Read: this is an opportune time to actually take the plunge for your wedding paper goods. Wayfair is another one-stop, must-shop spot, with discounts on almost every kind of home essential imaginable, which is perfect for stocking up on anything that’s not on your registry. Plus, your wedding dress isn’t the only frock you’ll need leading up to the big day—take care of your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and even bachelorette party looks, with bargains from retailers like Urban Outfitters, Barneys, and Nordstrom.

Here’s to celebrating our country’s independence and the fact that you’ll be saving big on wedding staples thanks to the best Fourth of July sales out there.

Say hello to the perfect beach tote and breezy summer staples that will see you through your tropical honeymoon and beyond.

From 6/29 to 7/3

30% off sale items


Flash sale (online only)

While indoor furniture may take precedence on your registry, use this opportunity to deck out your outdoor spaces. Featuring pieces for both inside and out, this sale means you can treat yourself to a cozy fire pit or Adirondack chairs.

Happening now to 7/8

Up to 50% off indoor and outdoor finds

First, create your own free wedding website, then move on to all (and we mean ALL) your wedding paper needs with this stationery sanctuary’s sale.

From 6/29 to 7/5

15% off all wedding orders

25% off all save-the-dates with code FIREWORKS18

There’s clearly no shortage of bargains in Wayfair’s Fourth of July blowout sale. On the hunt for sleek bar stools? Check. A new outdoor grill? You got it.

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Up to 65% off outdoor furniture

Up to 75% off bedding

Up to 65% off living room furniture

Up to 65% off bedroom furniture

Up to 70% off kitchen and dining furniture

Area rugs from $50

Up to 70% off mattresses

Up to 70% off kitchen essentials feat. Cuisinart

Up to 70% off wall and art decor

Up to 65% off storage

Up to 65% off lighting

Up to 50% off outdoor cooking

Up to 70% off major appliances

Office furniture under $200

Kill three birds with one stone—this Fourth of July sale features the best of home, clothing, and swim, so be prepared to do some retail damage.

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Extra 25% off sale items

Up to 50% off ready-to-ship furniture

What would your pre-wedding party looks be without jewelry to match!? Find the perfect statement earrings to complement that white jumpsuit you’ve been saving for your rehearsal dinner.

From 6/28 to 7/4

Extra 20% off sale items

Browse high-end gowns to get bridesmaid dress inspo, or find a luxe present to gift your S.O. on the big day.

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Up to 60% off, and an additional 35% off select items

Has a new mixer caught your eye that didn’t make the cut for your registry? Or, perhaps you’ve fallen in love with a new sheet set. Now’s the time to check it out.

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Up to 50% off select styles

Up the ante on your engagement wardrobe, with unbeatable prices on the chicest one-piece swimsuits, gowns, wedding day jewelry and handbags, and so much more.

Happening now to 7/4

Up to an additional 40% off sale and clearance items

Plenty of kitchen, home, and clothing picks mean this sale has you and your partner written all over it.

Happening now to 7/8

Extra 20%, 15%, or 10% off select styles with code FOURTH

25% off when you give $3 to support vets and families

Featuring a surplus of enviable designer pieces for any wedding occasion at truly amazing prices, this is one sale you’d be crazy not to check out.

Happening now to 7/4

Up to 70% off

Both you and your future spouse can take advantage of all this glorious sale has to offer, from men’s and women’s clothing to quirky home additions like a handy kitchen apron.

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Up to 60% off on new markdowns

Nordstrom already has it all (as you’re probably well aware), and this temporary bargain is no exception. We’re especially loving the unique discounted home picks.

From 5/23 to 7/4

Up to 40% off select styles

ASOS marks the perfect place to shop for absolutely everything wedding related, from honeymoon beach gear to bachelorette party ensembles (and add some new additions to your summer wardrobe while you’re at it, guilt-free).

Happening now to 7/5

Extra 10% off with code EXTRA

Give your home some love this July 4th with, as the name implies, completely contemporary indoor and outdoor furniture, art, bedding, and decor.

From 6/28 to 7/5

Extra 15% off sale items with code SPARKS

Even if you’re well-stocked in the engagement clothing and home departments, you and your partner can’t pass up the opportunity to save moolah on your meals.

From 6/25 to 7/5

25% off your first four orders of meal kits with code FIREWORKS2018

Start your marriage on the right foot with a good night’s sleep, courtesy of a new mattress or bedding set to guarantee your full beauty rest.

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$150 off purchases $495+ with code UNCLESAM

Deemed Brooklinen’s softest sheets ever, this in-demand bedding is a marriage must-have. Grab a set while they’re hot!

Happening now to 7/6

20% off the limited edition Twill Collection

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We’re all already inflicted with the inability to control ourselves in the confines of this bullseye-infused shopping wonderland. Enough said.

Happening now to 7/4

Up to 30% off home, bed, and bath

20% off clothing, shoes, and swim

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