The world has always loved a royal wedding. From the over-the-top wedding of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon in 1502 to the July 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, royal weddings have a way of captivating the rest of us like nothing else. Maybe it's because it gives us a peek into a world not usually made public, or the chance to dream of what it would be like to live in a fairy tale, but whatever it is that draws us to them, royal weddings – not to mention royal brides - always seem to sparkle.
Cue the aptly named "Markle Sparkle" effect the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle is causing in the bridal world. Inspired by Markle's "signature glow," women around the world are flocking to plastic surgeons to get their own sparkle for their big day.
"We've already been seeing this trend of people wanting to get Meghan Markle's nose," says Henderson, Nevada, plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell. "But now they're asking for her whole look - her bone structure and her complexion."
And they're coming to plastic surgeons to get it. From rhinoplasties to face-lifts and chemical peels, brides are trying to recreate Markle's look for their own big day.
"Booking a procedure ahead of your wedding is a great idea," says Mitchell. "It's very common see brides-to-be getting liposuction or breast augmentation to look better in their gown, or even rhinoplasty so they feel comfortable in close-up photos. Just make sure you book your procedure well in advance, so you have time for the swelling and bruising to heal."
But isn't getting plastic surgery to prepare for a wedding a little over the top?
"Absolutely not," says Mitchell. "Couples are investing thousands of dollars on wedding photos that will someday become heirlooms. It makes sense that brides would want to look their best in those photos. Not just in their gowns, but in their own skin, too."