Wedding details seem endless so when one is finally settled upon, the news is shared among family and friends with the appropriate amounts of triumph and relief. People are all-too-happy to spread the word about everything from the venue, to the name of the caterer, to the florist.
Even the most important decisions like the wedding gown are posted on social media and retold ad-infinitum to whoever will listen.
But when you are the Royal Family of the U.K. and your grandson is getting married, securing factual information about the arrangements is like pulling teeth. Whispers of plans are leaked out, only to be proven later to be false or premature.
The centuries-old tradition of keeping Royal family secrets just that - secret - has been practiced and perfected to such a degree that the public is usually left unsure of what to believe.
Such is the case with the recent "news" that Meghan Markle has chosen a designer for her wedding gown. WHAT??!!?? That was decided MONTHS ago, right? Apparently not.
Just this week, word has filtered down that what we thought we knew - just might be ALL wrong! Now it seems that the couturier that was supposedly contracted to create her once-in-a-lifetime frock is not Ralph & Russo or even Alexander McQueen but, according to Harper's Bazaar, it is actually Erdem Moralioğlu, the lead designer of his namesake line, Erdem.
Here's what we know about Erdem: He is "known for his use of experimental textiles, vibrant prints, and detailed craftsmanship, ERDEM mixes the delicate with the bold.
"His clothes have been worn by actors Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Michelle Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Watson, Julianne Moore, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Vikander, Keira Knightley, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, Linda Evangelista, Jessica Chastain and Sarah Jessica Parker amongst others.
"In addition, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex have worn the brand in several public outings. Actress Meghan Markle wore a £1,200 floral print ERDEM maxi dress when she attended a wedding with Prince Harry in March 2017."
Princess Eugenie wore Erdem in her iconic engagement photos,
And even the fashion-forward Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted recently wearing several of his designs of late.
As the wedding date gets closer and closer, and the wedding details become more and more muddled, it seems we will just have to wait and see.
After all, May 19th is NOT that far off and, rather than dealing with all the ups and downs along the way, maybe it would be wiser to just grab ahold of that last shred of patience and count down the days to see for sure what Harry and Meghan have in store.
One thing is for certain, though, we are sure to not be disappointed!