Everything we know about Princess Eugenie's wedding so far

Have you been struggling with royal wedding withdrawal? That's a thing, isn't it? Fortunately, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will tie the knot in no time. How we'll deal after their big day is over, however, is a problem for another day. 

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, they did so before 600 guests. Meghan looked stunning in her bespoke three-quarter sleeved Givenchy wedding gown and 16-foot embroidered veil. Despite the pomp and circumstance that you'd expect with a royal wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex somehow managed to have a somewhat understated affair. Sure, Meghan's dress was over $400,000 — as you'd only expect for a newly minted royal — but it was still minimalist and restrained. 

Can we expect the same style of bridal ensemble and ceremony from Eugenie? There may be similarities, but Eugenie's wedding promises to be a unique event. Here's everything we know about the Princess of York's wedding so far.

The lucky guy

While we all knew who the groom was in the last royal wedding, Eugenie's fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, may be a bit of a mystery to you. Let's change that. 

According to The Telegraph, the couple met at a cocktail bar where Jack was waiting tables. It's not exactly like he needed the money, though. While you probably wouldn't consider him a royal, he is a descendant of the Brooksbank baronets and is also apparently a distance cousin of Eugenie's. Yeah, you know how those royals do.

After their fateful meeting in the skiing town of Verbier, Switzerland, the couple started dating and have been together for seven years, even enduring a long-distance relationship. In time, Jack became a manager for a popular nightclub and then founded his own wine wholesale supplier, Jack Brooksbank Limited. Between Queen Elizabeth's royal wine cellar and Jack's wholesale company, this couple will never have to endure a dry dinner.

When's the big day?

In February 2018, Eugenie's father, Prince Andrew (or the Duke of York as he is also known), released a statement with some important details about his daughter's upcoming nuptials. "The marriage of Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie to Mr Jack Brooksbank will take place on 12th October 2018," wrote the prince. Although he held back his opinion in the official statement, BBC caught up with Andrew and asked his thoughts on the couple's union. "I'm absolutely overjoyed. I'm thrilled," he told the network, "Jack is an absolutely outstanding young man." Throughout the interview, the Duke of York reiterated his approval of Eugenie's fiancé. Aww.

With such an endorsement, it seems probable that Andrew will walk his daughter down the aisle on the beautiful autumn Friday. That's right, Friday. Like Prince William and Kate Middleton, Eugenie and Jack will have a weekday wedding. Unlike the April 2011 royal wedding, though, October 12 will probably not be declared a bank holiday .

A familiar venue

In the Duke of York's statement back in February 2018, he also reminded the public where his daughter's wedding would be held. "The wedding will take place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle," he wrote. Just like her royal cousin and Meghan Markle, Eugenie will wed in the same early sixteenth century venue — and what a venue it is.

Literally built by kings, the gothic building has been a venue for royal weddings for over 150 years, beginning with Prince Albert (later named King Edward VII) and Danish Princess Alexandra in 1863. More recently, Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones married in a private ceremony at St. George's Chapel in 1999. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles held their Prayer and Dedication service there after their wedding in 2005 and, in 2008, Peter Philips and Autumn Kelly also married at the historic venue. 

Of course, your most recent memory of a Windsor wedding would be Harry and Meghan's, but they're obviously not the only ones to wed inside the chapel walls. Surely, Eugenie and Jack's wedding will be just as lovely.

Will members of the public be invited?

Although it's a hauntingly beautiful venue, St. George's Chapel is small compared to Westminster Abbey, which, according to People , holds 2,000 guests. With the chapel only having a max capacity of 800 guests, Harry and Meghan opted for 600, so it wasn't too cramped. Nevertheless, the couple found a way to invite an impressive number of members of the public. 

In a statement from the royal family, Harry and Meghan invited 1,200 people "from every corner of the United Kingdom," including people from a "broad range of backgrounds and ages." Instead of attempting to cram too many guests into one small space, these members of the public, as well as 1,440 other notable folks, were invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrival of the bride and groom and the carriage procession. 

Eugenie and Jack have also decided to invite the same number of guests — 1,200 — to take to the grounds of Windsor Castle. In addition, the royal couple's guests will be able to "listen to a live broadcast of the Marriage Service," according to a statement from the royal family. Now you just need to score a golden ticket.

A celebrity affair

A royal wedding's guest list can be almost as exciting as the wedding itself — especially when celebrities are invited. At William and Kate's wedding, David and Victoria Beckham, Sir Elton John, Joss Stone, and Guy Ritchie were just a few of the famous faces spotted. With Meghan herself being a former actress, Harry and Meghan's wedding featured even more notable names. Celebs like Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams, Tom Hardy, George and Amal Clooney, James Corden, and Oprah Winfrey were in attendance. Yes, Oprah was there! And they were dressed to the nines.

If you're wondering if any A-listers will be present for Jack and Eugenie wedding, Hello! magazine affirms that it's entirely possible. Ellie Goulding, who performed "Your Song" at William and Kate's wedding, has been a friend of Eugenie's for years, according to the magazine. Since David and Victoria Beckham have attended the last two royal weddings and Eugenie has already spent time with their daughter, Harper, it wouldn't be a stretch to see their names on the guest list. 

Eugenie's celebrity pals also include James Blunt, Cara Delevingne, Poppy Jamie, and even Eddie Redmayne. Maybe, just maybe, they'll be present for the royal wedding. 

The probable maid of honor

It is up to Eugenie whether she would like to appoint a maid of honor or not. Like Meghan, she could decide to forgo the custom altogether. However, royal expert James Brooks thinks that won't be the case. "I think it's extremely likely we'll see her older sister Beatrice play a big part in the day, most likely as Eugenie's maid of honour," the expert told Express. Brooks added, "The sisters are extremely close, get on well and Eugenie's said in the past that family means a great deal to her."

In an interview with The Telegraph, Eugenie explained her close relationship with her family, saying, "Mummy, Bea [Beatrice] and I call ourselves 'the Tripod' — they are my best friends in the world." Eugenie also said, "We get on fantastically well, perhaps because we do and think different things." Born just 21 months apart, the sisters have their differences, but are besties all the same.

The princess' bridal party

Just as Eugenie doesn't technically have to appoint a maid of honor, she also doesn't have to include any bridesmaids — well, any mature bridesmaids, that is. "Most royal brides do not have adult bridesmaids," royal expert Marlene Koenig told Town & Country. "If you look at the royal weddings since Elizabeth's, you will find that most of the bridesmaids are early teens or children," Koenig further explained.

Royal expert James Brooks concurs. In speaking with Express about Eugenie and Jack's upcoming nuptials, he said, "With the exception of Beatrice, I think the couple will rule out having older adults playing a big part in the ceremony, not least because it's royal tradition, but also because of the celebrity nature of their friendship circle." While celebrity guests certainly add a bit of flair to a royal wedding, Brooks explained that an A-list bridal party could detract from the bride. As such, having little bridesmaids may be the safest bet. Does that mean Princess Charlotte is going to be in the wedding? Brooks thinks it's "perfectly possible."

Will Eugenie wear her mother's tiara?

What's a royal wedding without a tiara, right? And, if any woman were to wear one on her wedding it day, it may as well be an actual princess. While many royals have been lent tiaras from the Queen's collection, Eugenie may actually choose to borrow one from her mom instead.

When Eugenie's parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, married, Ferguson donned a beautiful tiara gifted — not loaned — to her by the Queen. Ferguson's soon-to-be mother-in-law had the exquisite headpiece, later called "The York Diamond Tiara" (seen here), crafted especially for Ferguson. Grant Mobley, a gemologist and Director at Pluczenik, a leading diamantaire, spoke with Express about the tiara, saying, "This picture-perfect classic is made entirely out of diamonds set in platinum with floral scrollwork and a large diamond of around 5 carats sitting on top."

Harper's Bazaar highlighted the tradition of royal daughters wearing the same tiaras as their mothers or mothers-in-law, so it's likely we'll get to see the York Diamond Tiara in all its glory once again.

A "contemporary and fashion-forward" wedding gown

If you're wondering if Eugenie's wedding gown will be amazing, it will. The Princess of York is not afraid of bold fashion as she's proved time and time again. From bright big hats to knee-high suede boots, Eugenie often stands out more than you're average royal. Perhaps her wedding day will be no exception.

Kate Beavis, fashion expert from Magpie Wedding, told Express, "I think we will see something more contemporary and fashion-forward than Kate and Meghan's dress choices." Beavis recalled Eugenie's Harper's Bazaar photo shoot where the princess wore a "blush pink tulle floor length gown designed by Albert Ferretti, with embellished flowers." Beavis explained that the style is "actually a key trend for 2018 in wedding dress design" so it would be interesting to see if Eugenie picks something similar for her big day.

While many are itching to know who's designing the special dress, Eugenie has remained mum. However, Beavis said "if she teams up with a designer such as Vivienne Westwood who she wore at Kate and William's wedding, it will be striking." October, hurry up and get here already!

Will Granny foot the bill?

Royal weddings are not exactly known for being budget-friendly. Harry and Meghan's May 2018 nuptials were reported to cost an astounding $34 million. Eugenie and Jack's wedding will indeed be held at the same venue, but the cost is expected to be much, much lower. 

The princess, who is sometimes considered a "minor" royal because of her placement in the line of succession, does not usually attract as much public interest as, say, Harry and Meghan or Will and Kate. Naturally, her wedding would follow suit. This is a perk, especially to taxpayers, because the security detail required will be much lower — and cheaper — according to Express.

With taxpayers only being responsible for the cost of security, others will have to step in to pay the rest. However, it won't be the Queen — or "Granny" as Eugenie affectionally calls her. Business Insider (via Express) reported that Eugenie's dad, Prince Andrew and Eugenie's mom, Andrew's ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson "will likely split the bill with the Brooksbank family." 

Mrs. Brooksbank or Princess Eugenie?

There are still a lot of questions leading up to the big day. Will Eugenie become Mrs. Brooksbank or will she remain the Princess of York? Will Jack take on a royal title as both Meghan and Kate did upon marrying their respective princes? 

Here's the deal, according to Carolyn Harris, a royal historian and author of Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting: "Princess Eugenie may become Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank when she marries" — if Eugenie sticks with tradition, of course. Harris explained that princesses from the nineteenth century onward who've married commoners usually keep their title and tack their husband's name on to the end. Usually. If Eugenie instead goes against tradition and pulls a Princess Patricia of Connaught — meaning, gives up her title upon marriage — she'd become known as Lady Eugenie Brooksbank.

As far as Jack receiving a title, it doesn't seem to be in the cards. Pointing to similar situations in the past, a royal commentator told Express that it would be "extremely unlikely that Jack Brooksbank will be granted a title by the Queen." Oh well, he's still Prince Charming as far as we're all concerned.