Royal Wedding: 8 lessons Cameroonians should learn from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s big day

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First of all a huge congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for a smooth, simple and absolutely beautiful royal wedding. I mean, who ever knew a British prince will one day marry a simply African-American actress from California? But hey! Here are some lessons Cameroonians need to learn from #TheRoyalWedding2018.

Now, after spending close to four hours of my morning watching the #RoyalWedding2018 on television, I realized that there’s so much for me and my fellow country men to learn from such a gigantic yet easy and well planned Royal Wedding. Starting with the fact that, some of my people were just watching because that was the only thing trending across the world.

Now to our lessons.

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Royal Wedding

1. Publicity

Despite the fact that it was a Royal wedding – the Royal Wedding of two super popular celebrities in the world –  the Royal Family still made sure massive publicity was done a month prior to the main event on May 19. Prince Harry is one of the most popular persons in the world, and his bride, Meghan Markle is a star in the popular sitcom, ‘Suits’, many would think media would just carry on with free ads. But nope! Every top media publication was visited by those incharge of communication to make sure the right information was sent out on the specific time. They respected the media (traditional or social media) But our event organizers here will want the media to run their ads for free and sometimes blame them for a bad event.

2. Dress Code

Cameroonians are known for not respecting dress codes to events even if organiser use an entire year in publicising their events. But at the Royal Wedding, every guest knew what was expected of them. We saw so many vintage and conservative looks, hats and dramatic fascinators on modern day celebrities at Prince Harry‘s wedding. Guests were well behaved and didn’t bother about distressed jeans or going all urban and contemporary. Why? Because they were attending a Royal Wedding and just knew they had a dress code to respect!

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Bishop Michael Curry at the Royal Wedding 2018

3. Timing

Heaven knows a typical wedding in Cameroon could go on for dayzzzzzzzzzzzzzz if not interrupted by hunger, thirst, toilet calls, weariness and/or frustrated faces! For what? I don’t know. Preachers here would use hours to give the wedding sermon saying the same message all over again – “let love lead”. Bishop Michael Curry used just 15-20 minutes to dish out one of the most powerful and most eccentric sermons Brits have ever witnessed in St. George’s Cathedral history and the entire wedding still ended in just about an hour. Besides the sermon, the guests, groom, bride and even the Queen were right on time! If the Queen can respect time, then who are you?

4. Offering and Communion

Please, correct me if I am wrong. I did not, I repeat, I did not, at any moment see an offering basket moving across the church for the collection of offering at the Royal Wedding. In fact, there was no moment when the congregation was asked to stand and come forward to drop a dime in an offering basket. Is it that our own churches back home are so dependent on the offerings to grow that offerings are being collected at people’s wedding services? It’s not as if the monies are being given to the newly wedded couple. Instead, the family pays the church to host their wedding and still have to handle the decor. Sometimes, there’s communion service attached to the proper wedding service just so people can give more offering. Jeez!

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Meghan Markle

5. Simplicity

Gone are those Lady Diana days where things were been exaggerated at weddings. For example, super large wedding gowns, big bouquets of flowers, loud flashy interior decors, huge cakes etc. This Royal Wedding kept everything simple. Look at the bride. It was her big day… she was marrying a prince for God’s sake! Yet, she kept her wedding gown simple (designed by Givenchy), her make up natural, her bridal bouquet small and simple and restricted the colors to being mild yet elegant. Why do Cameroonians go foolishly big on their weddings and spend so much money, that they don’t have, sometimes?

6. Photography

Its true there were hundreds of photographers from different media houses, plus paparazzis at the Royal Wedding, to send out every second of the event to the world, but why do our own photographers have to wait for weeks to produce wedding pictures? Sometimes, the bride will have to fight brutally with the photographer to get the same pictures she paid for. Why? And even when the pics come, they are expected shots! Some of our wedding photogs lack creativity and cautiousness. Some would party so hard at your wedding instead of doing what they were paid to do. Then return with the worse catalog of photos you’ve ever seen. Why?

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Royal Wedding guests

7. Who is your guest?

The whole world doesn’t have to be at your wedding. In Cameroon it’s all about friends, family and a large amount of acquaintances and enemies full at our weddings. I mean, the Royal Wedding 2018 had just 600 guests. Did you hear me? Given how popular and friendly the couple and the Royal Family is and the amount of friends they have around the world, that number is just too little but that was it. We need to learn to keep things simple and restricted so we give our guests the best times ever.

8. Keep it Memorable

Most of our weddings appear too common and full with repeated events. Why can’t we make our weddings an epitome for future references (This is not about too much spending). The Royal Wedding had too many talking points. For instance, the couple chose an African-America bishop to preach during the service. Then came an amazing all-black Kingdom Choir singing the hit song, “Stand By Me”. Then Meghan walks down the aisle with her father-in-law instead … I mean the wedding represented the couple especially the bride. In our own society, weddings most times depict the ideas of the parents instead of the couple or the bride.

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Ms Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir were all absolutely fantastic! Great vocals by Paul Lee.

 

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19 Comments

  1. Prudence Makia

    May 19, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Joan switheart, this is great work. Job well done. I mean, i didn’t even watch the wedding but u have briefed me. Bravo!

  2. Monono

    May 20, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Can you please include the fact that Meghan had no bridesmaids or even a maid of honor. Cameroonian brides need to learn.

    Even our grooms. Harry went only for a best man.

  3. Coco

    May 20, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Right on point! Even though I believe it was not as simple as you think

  4. Kiki

    May 20, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Our brides really have to learn to keep their faces natural on their wedding day. I mean, Markle was exquisite. Almost like she had no make up on. REally good.

  5. Ebangha

    May 20, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    The timing point is so trruuuuuueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Jesus! Cameroonian weddings will take your entire day. hahahahaha

  6. Papa D

    May 20, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    “there was no moment when the congregation was asked to stand and come forward to drop a dime in an offering basket. ” Best point made in this article.

  7. Joyce

    May 20, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    What an article to read and re-read. Our soon to be married couple really need to use the royal wedding as their guide. Great job

  8. William

    May 20, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    This is wedding lessons 101.

  9. Babylicious

    May 20, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Despite the fact that her father wasn’t present, it didn’t not kill the shine of the wedding. WEll done! WE still felt all the moments.

  10. Ndemba

    May 20, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Great work!

  11. Ayomide

    May 20, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    So we now have to change the way we do our weddings just to follow the one set before us by our slave masters. Well done oh. Slave Mentality is real. Kanye was right!

  12. Kendra

    May 20, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Congratulations are in order for Harry and Markle. They look so beautiful together. God bless this union. Love truly exists

  13. Gilbert

    May 20, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    A lesson to the choirs…. one song is enough. We dont want to hear an entire album on people’s wedding day. She and he are record label owners

  14. Vivian

    May 20, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    My highlights wre that message, that black choir and that kiss. All so beautiful. I want my wedding to look that way

  15. Trouble Man

    May 20, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Wuna shut up here!

  16. Trouble Man

    May 20, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    WE love our weddings…. the African way… the only way. Which one be this one for here now

  17. Miranda

    May 20, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    I love this article. So good and funny and so on point. Nice one

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  19. eddy king

    May 22, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    I felt like getting married .
    no iota of too much …everything was just on point.

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