The royal wedding is upon us ladies and gentlemen!

As expected, this is not the usual wedding and there will be a few surprises for some of you who did not witness the royal weddings of years past.

By the time Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot, you will be asking why some rituals were not observed and that confusion is what this article will save you from.

This is based on the Order of Service that the palace released on Friday evening.


1. Meghan will not vow to obey Harry.

Normally, a typical Anglican wedding vow from the bride promises as follows:

I, _____, take thee, _____, to be my wedded Husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.

But when Meghan makes her royal wedding vows she’ll follow in the footsteps of Diana and Kate in omitting the word “obey” from her vows.


2. There is no “You may now kiss the bride!” moment.

Just like with William and Kate’s wedding, we won’t see a kiss inside the church.

Instead, we’ll likely see a smooch from Meghan and Harry when they come out of St. George’s Chapel just following their ceremony.

It would be nice to capture the royal smooch? Wouldn't it?

3. Bride’s Father Will Not Attend

This is sure, although the palace still includes Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father, as the person who will walk Meghan down the aisle to the high altar of St. George’s Chapel.

The error, the palace says, is simply a matter of timing.

“The Order of Service was produced before it became clear that Mr. Thomas Markle would be unable to attend the wedding on medical advice,” the palace said in a statement.