Most brides marrying in another country spend their time dealing with logistics like finding an officiant and getting guests to and from the airport. But if you’re engaged to marry a member of the British royal family—specifically, a prince soon to be sixth in line for the throne—you’ve got a whole other range of challenges to deal with.
For Meghan Markle, chief among those will be finding a dress that’s regal enough for St. George’s Chapel, and stylish enough for a woman more used to red carpets than royal State Rooms. I recently collaborated with Rachel Leonard at the Bridal Council to explore Meghan’s options. The council asked dress designers in the U.S. and abroad to sketch their ideas for a gown worthy of a 21st-century American princess. Take a look at the results, from improbable (this bride isn’t likely to be exposing a shoulder, no matter how chic the frock) to what look like pretty solid bets (a train wide enough to span an aisle is right on the money).